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Celebrities and Poker Players Raise Over $42,000 In Pokerstars.Net NAPT Venetian Charity Tournament

Christian Slater at poker table
On Friday, stars such as Tony Hawk, Christian Slater (above), Brad Garrett, Jason Alexander, Joanna Krupa, Montel Williams, Donnie Wahlberg, Marlon Waynes and Slash were among the 39 players who competed in the $540 event in The Venetian Poker Room – raising more than $42,000 for Three Square, a food charity in Southern Nevada (Photo credit: IS Photography).

Daniel Negreanu and Donnie Wahlberg after Donnie knocked Daniel out of the tourney
Daniel Negreanu and Donnie Wahlberg after Donnie knocked Daniel out of the tourney

Photo credit: IS Photography.

AJ Buckley from CSI NY, Nicholas Gonzalez and Shaun Sipos of CW’s Melrose Place and UFC fighter Tito Ortiz were also in attendance.

Shaun Sipos, Chris Moneymaker, Tito Otiz, AJ Buckley, Marlon Waynes at poker table
Shaun Sipos, Chris Moneymaker, Tito Otiz, AJ Buckley, Marlon Waynes at poker table

Photo credit: IS Photography.

Christian Slater was amazingly friendly and a fan favorite. He kept jumping up from the poker table to take photos with the fans lining the aisles. A bounty was put on Daniel Negreanu and the prize – a signed guitar by Slash – went to actor Donnie Wahlberg. Donnie said he was going to give the guitar to his son.

Marlon Waynes at TAO
Marlon Waynes at TAO

Photo credit: IS Photography.

Zak “Zakooza” Alameddine from New York won the event and a ticket into next year’s PokerStars.net Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. He beat top poker pros such as Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, world champion Joe Cada, Gavin Griffin, Dennis Phillips, Chris Moneymaker and Vanessa Rousso.

Celebrity Group Shot in Venetian Poker Room
Celebrity Group Shot in Venetian Poker Room

Photo credit: IS Photography.

Baseball legend, Orel Hershiser, came second winning a seat in the NAPT Mohegan Sun event in April. John Beveridge from Henderson, Nevada, came third and won a seat into today’s $5,000 PokerStars.net North American Poker Tour Venetian Main Event which is set to attract more than 800 players.

T-Pain on TAO stage
T-Pain on TAO stage

Photo credit: IS Photography.

After playing in the tournament, the stars headed up to TAO Nightclub for cocktails, hors dourves and a special musical performance by recording artist T-Pain.  Christian Slater was seeing talking with Marlon Waynes and taking more photos with party guests and snacking on chicken satay.

Poker great Phil Hellmuth was seen relaxing in the VIP area with Brad Garrett and his friend enjoying a few cocktails. Joanna Krupa mingled with Tony Hawk then turned her attention to T-Pain and danced to the music.

Melrose Place stars Nicholas Gonzalez and Shaun Sipos also hung out in the VIP area and spoke about how much they love Tao and The Palazzo and can’t wait to come back.