On Saturday September 24th, poker enthusiasts came together for an afternoon of cards in the name of charity! For the third year in a row, Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Camryn Manheim hosted this highly popular event benefiting the children and families of CII, and as always brought along her celebrity friends to support the agency. Players did not miss a beat when the clock struck 12:30 p.m., all hoping for a shot at the grand prize: a seat at the WPT Celebrity Invitational and $5,000! The final round included actors Nicole Sullivan, Jon Tenney and Robin Weigert, as well as tournament committee member John Halperin, but the top winnings went to professional poker player Lewis Gray. Other celebrity players included actor and 1st year champion, Tuc Watkins, along with Jennifer Love Hewitt, Tony Denison, Willie Garson, Mimi Rogers, Wedil David, Ken Davitian, Sara Rue, Christa Campbell, Erik Palladino, and Chad Lowe.
In between rounds, players and spectators placed their bids at the silent auction, which had been building steam in the weeks prior at the online auction. Boasting a fabulous array of items for every taste, some of the showstoppers included a luxurious four-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea, Hawaii, 18 karat White Gold Chandelier Earrings from the Mark Lash Vintage Collection, a Patron Sims Snowboard and various items from The Grove!
Many thanks to all who donated prizes and silent auction items, as well as our event sponsors Club WPT, Commerce Casino, FIJI, Pom, Southwest Airlines, and United Talent Agency! A very special thanks goes to Camryn Manheim and the Tournament Event Committee: Bobby Azinian, Shelli Azoff, Tracey Gluck, John Halperin, Doug McKellar, Andy Mendelsohn, and Emilia Serrano.
Check-in: 11:00 am
Tournament Play begins: 12:30 pm
Commerce Casino | Commerce, California
6131 East Telegraph Road, Commerce, CA 90040