All-In For Mount Sinai Virtual Poker Tournament raises over $1.2 million
By Bob Garcia
It was another big weekend of poker at Americas Cardroom — not just for poker players with our regular big guaranteed tourneys, but also for charity.
On Saturday, we hosted the All-In For Mount Sinai Virtual Poker Tournament. Put together by Discovery Inc. CEO and Mount Sinai Board Member David Zaslav, we were proud to use our platform to host the event. It was streamed live via Twitch, so poker players and fans all over the world were able to tune in and enjoy the action. The grand total was a whopping 178,324 unique viewers.
The tournament lasted about 4.5 hours and featured 67 players. Among them were several celebrities, including Michael Symon, Bobby Flay, Dr. Sandra Lee, Bryan Cranston, Cheryl Hines, and Adam Savage. Throughout the tourney, celebrities called in via Zoom for video interviews with the commentators.
100% of the proceeds went directly to the Mount Sinai COVID-19 Response Fund, earmarked for purchasing much-needed PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and meals for their frontline staff dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
In all, the tournament raised over $1.28 million, with a $500,000 contribution from Zaslav, and another $100,000 from Americas Cardroom. Participants also paid a $10,000 buy-in that went towards the charity, with the option to purchase a re-entry ticket if eliminated for an additional $10,000.
This event comes on the heels of the first celebrity poker tournament held at Americas Cardroom on April 11th. That lineup included Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Tom Brady and more.
We want to thank everyone involved for participating in this great event.