Ante Up For Africa Begins Tonight

The 3rd Annual Ante Up For Africa tournament is set to begin tonight and celebrities and poker pros will be visiting the Rio to compete for a good cause. Annie Duke, Don Cheadle and Norman Epstein founded the Ante Up For Africa organization to benefit the citizens of the Darfur and Sudan region.

Ante Up For Africa has raised almost $2 million by hosting poker tournaments that are attended by a number of celebrities and poker pros. The charity poker tournament taking place tonight at the Rio will be star studded as well with such celebrities as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon attending.

Annie Duke commented that tonight’s tournament has a ‘wonderful’ list of celebrities. Mekhi Phifer, Jason Alexander, Charles Barkley, Brad Garrett, Hank Azaria, Montel Williams, Marlon Wayans and Sarah Silverman are also expected to compete tonight.

Celebrities will not be the only players sitting at the felt, many poker pros will be competing as well. Howard Lederer, Phil Hellmuth, Erik Seidel and Andy Bloch are just a few of the poker pros who will be participating.

Tonight’s event has a $5,000 buy-in and a fast structure that will finish the tournament in around four hours. The money raised will mostly go to the charity Refugees International as well as some toward the Darfur and Sudan region.

Duke commented: “It is important to me to show people that it is possible to make a difference for the people of Darfur. I am thrilled that this event has become such a success and that it will generate support for efforts by Refugees International, the Enough Project and others to end the crisis in Darfur.”

Ken Bacon, president of the charity Refugees International added “An event like this makes it possible for Refugees International to continue to demand action from the world’s leaders to provide basic assistance and protection to refugees in Sudan and around the world.”

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