Poker now has its own March Madness

March Madness brings thoughts of basketball, the NCAA and, possibly, beer pong.  What doesn't readily come to mind is poker, but that is changing thanks to Matt Berkey.  Berkey has created March Madness for poker and wants fans to predict the winners.

Berkey is participating in a heads-up poker tournament for charity that starts today in Vegas and runs through Friday.  In total 16 players will take to the felt for the four rounds of action, with half of the proceeds going to the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity, and the other half going to the prize pool.  Dan Shak, a high-stakes semi-pro player, will match donations up to $10,000.

Entry costs $1000 and the matches are anticipated to only take about an hour.  Chris Soto and Jason Somerville will provide commentary for the tournament via Twitch.

Some big names are participating in the heads-up tournament, including Mike Del Vecchio, Jess Sylvia, Katie Stone and Jordan Young.  Prizes, including a March 23 Run it Up Reno travel package, will be available to those that want to participate in the March Madness-style event.  Entry is available through Berkey's site,  Additionally, those that donate to REG in conjunction with the tournament will also be eligible to participate in a drawing for additional prizes, such as a football jersey autographed by Joe Montana. 

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