Ben Affleck Raises $2m in Celebrity Charity Poker Tourney

  • All In For Feeding America poker fundraiser had $10,000 buy-in 
  • Tournament saw 65 celebrities and poker professionals take part 
  • Event hosted on the Americas Cardroom (ACR) online poker site
  • Player Ebony Kenney won, followed by Kevin Pollak and Andy Milonakis 
actor Ben Affleck in a suit
A celebrity online poker fundraiser hosted by Ben Affleck generated $2m for the Feeding America charity on Saturday. [Image:]

Online event saw 65 participants

An online poker tournament hosted by Ben Affleck raised $2m for charity this past weekend. The event, titled All In For Feeding America, saw 65 celebrities from the entertainment and sports worlds come together on Easter Saturday to participate and donate funds.

no prize pool, with all of the buy-in money going towards hunger relief efforts

The buy-in for the tournament, which was streamed on the Americas Cardroom (ACR), was $10,000. The ACR also made a significant donation to the fundraiser. There was no prize pool, with all of the buy-in money going towards hunger relief efforts in the United States through the Feeding America charity.

The actor-host tweeted at the start of the tournament to encourage followers to watch the live stream and donate to the cause.

Overall winner among the notable entrants

Poker professional Ebony Kenney came out on top in the event. She was live-streaming her point of view throughout the tournament. Some of the opponents she managed to knock out along her way to victory included Phil Hellmuth, Kevin Smith, and Matt Damon. Bryan Cranston and Tobey Maguire were both at the final table. 

In third place overall was comedian and poker fanatic Andy Milonakis, while impressionist Kevin Pollak finished in second place. Pollak is a mainstay at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) every year, having cashed twice in the main event. A number of other players also live-streamed the tournament.

Other notable celebrity entrants included Tom Brady, Matt Damon, Adam Sandler, Aaron Paul, Jon Hamm, Jason Bateman, Adam Levine, Sarah Silverman, and Cheryl Hines. Many high-profile poker professionals also took part in the charity event. Among these were Doyle Brunson, Jeff Boski, Luke Schwartz, Jon Pardy, Jamie Staples, Jeff Gross, Todd Brunson, Alex Foxen, and Jason Koon.

Charity initiative amid an ongoing pandemic

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to millions of people in the United States being out of work. With a large portion of citizens living from paycheck to paycheck, many have been struggling to put food on the table for their families.

As the biggest hunger relief organization in the US, Feeding America has 200 food banks across the country. It estimates that an extra $1.4bn in resources are needed for food banks across the nation in the coming six months due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In announcing the poker fundraiser, Affleck spoke about the importance of Feeding America’s work. He said, “During these times of uncertainty, I’m thinking about our most vulnerable populations – children who are losing access to the meals they rely on, our friends and family who are facing job disruptions, the elderly, and low-income families.”

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