Charles Barkley Scheduled to Play Charity Poker Tournament

Just a month ago Charles Barkley vowed not to gamble again, yet he is again headed to the poker tables. Barkley, a former NBA league MVP, Had Pledged not to gamble for the next couple of years, after being sued for not repaying $400,000 in gambling markers to Wynn Las Vegas casino.

Jason Kidd, point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, told reporters that Barkley is keeping to his word. “We were at a casino and he said he was on the wagon” Kidd said “He’s strong. He didn’t gamble.” This time however it is for charity.

On July 2nd, during the 2008 World Series of Poker, Charles Barkley will be joining other celebrities in the “Ante Up for Africa” event.

The event will raise money and awareness for the Darfur region of Sudan. Since the beginning of ethnic warfare in 2003 more than 2.5 million people have been displaced and 300,000 people have died.

The buy-in for this tournament $5000 and players donate at least half their winnings to one of the two designated charities.

Last year the tournament raised more than $500,000. The top two winners agreed to pool their $350,000 winnings and donate it to the cause. Barkley has promised to donate all his winnings this year.

Online Poker Players Opinions:

  1. Is it really gambling if you don’t win? Or is it at this point just a donation to charity?
  2. Should the organization allow Barkley to play after having just made such a public declaration?
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