Hockey star outlasts poker legend Daniel Negreanu and former World
Champion Jonathan Duhamel to take second place finish
TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - Proving his talents aren't limited to the
ice, Phil Kessel finished second in the NHL Alumni Charity Poker
Tournament presented by PokerStars.net, beating out top poker talent
and NHL Alumni to claim a share of the $100,000 charity prize-pool.
Kessel outlasted two Canadian poker legends: Daniel Negreanu, Global
Poker Index Poker Player of the Decade, and Jonathan Duhamel, 2010
World Series of Poker Main Event champion, on his way to claiming the
second place spot. In the end, it came down to a heads up match between
Kessel and another Team PokerStars Pro, Vanessa Rousso. This time, the
poker pro came out on the winning end.
Hockey greats who participated in the event were Matthew Barnaby, Guy
Carbonneau, Theo Fleury, Pat LaFontaine, Gary Leeman, Brad May, Marty
McSorley, Mark Napier, Denis Savard and Darcy Tucker. Three Canadian
hockey fans who won their seats in online promotional tournaments
rounded out the field.
The next NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament is scheduled for summer
2014 with spots open to online qualifiers. Free qualifying tournaments
will start in the spring at PokerStars.net.
Kessel will donate the $15,000 second place prize to SickKids
Foundation, and will add $15,000 of his own money to make a total
donation of $30,000.
"It is with the generosity of companies like PokerStars.net and people
like Phil Kessel that make worthwhile initiatives possible and make a
positive impact for kids at The Hospital for Sick Children," said Jade
DeCiccio, Associate, Events, SickKids Foundation.
PokerStars operates the world's most popular online poker sites, serving
a global poker community of more than 61 million registered members.
Since it launched in 2001, PokerStars has become the first choice of
the world's top players, with more daily tournaments than anywhere else
and with the best security online. More than 110 billion hands have
been dealt on PokerStars, which is more than any other site.
PokerStars is a member of The Rational Group, which operates
gaming-related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, Full Tilt
Poker and the European Poker Tour. Rational Group entities in the UK
and Isle of Man were collectively recognized as one of the UK's best
workplaces when they were awarded a top 25 position by the Great Place
to Work Institute in its UK's Best Workplaces - Large category in both
2012 and 2013.
Image with caption: "Toronto Maple Leaf Phil Kessel outlasted poker legends and hockey greats to finish second in the NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament presented by PokerStars.net. Kessel donated the $15,000 second place prize to SickKids Foundation and matched the amount with a $15,000 personal donation. (CNW Group/PokerStars.net)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140116_C9276_PHOTO_EN_35644.jpg
Image with caption: "Toronto Maple Leafs mascot Carlton the Bear visited The Hospital for Sick Children to present Phil Kessel's winnings from the NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament presented by PokerStars.net. Kessel won $15,000 in the charity poker tournament and matched the amount with a $15,000 personal donation, for a total donation of $30,000 to SickKids Foundation. (CNW Group/PokerStars.net)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140116_C9276_PHOTO_EN_35660.jpg