It is anticipated that many celebrities and athletes will join the big names in the poker arena in order to increase public awareness and raise funds for victims of the Darfur crisis in Sudan. A second annual Ante Up for Africa event has been announced at the 2008 World Series of Poker tournament.
The Ante Up for Africa tournament will begin at 2pm on July 2nd 2008 at the Rio All–Suite Hotel & Casino. Hosts for this event will be poker professional Annie Duke and Oscar nominee Don Cheadle.
In a statement issued by the World Series of Poker (WSOP), it is noted that “Cheadle, an accomplished poker player, and Duke, who has more than $4 million in tournament winnings, are committed to raising both public awareness about the tragedy in Darfur and funds to aid its victims. As the world’s richest sporting event, the WSOP is covered by more than 600 journalists from around the globe each year and attracts players from more than 85 countries.”
Last year’s Ante Up for Africa event raised over $700,000 for this cause. In the same WSOP announcement it is declared that “After the success of last year’s tournament, we are looking forward to another exciting year while raising awareness for an ongoing crisis,” said poker pro Annie Duke. “It is exciting to bring the world of poker and entertainment together and we are once again asking players who win prize money to donate half of their winnings to our charities.”
The buy-in price for this event will be $5,000 and interested participants may register at the igaming platform.
The two organizations that are due to receive the funds this year are ‘Enough’ – the project to abolish genocide and mass atrocities and ‘Not On Our Watch’ that was initiated with an aim to help stopping mass atrocities around the world.