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Celebrities and Poker Players Come Together for “All In For CP” Tournament at The Venetian

Actor Mekhi Phifer getting ready to play during the “All In For CP” Tournament at The Venetian
The Venetian Poker Room
hosted the third-annual All In For CP celebrity charity poker tournament to benefit the One Step Closer Foundation on Saturday, December 11, 2010 (Pictured above: Actor Mekhi Phifer – Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak – IS Photography/ Images of Vegas)

Celebrities and professional poker players came together in support of finding a cure for cerebral palsy and graced the red carpet before taking their seats in the luxurious poker room.

Actress Cheryl Hines poses on the red carpet before kicking off the event
Actress Cheryl Hines poses on the red carpet before kicking off the event

Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak – IS Photography/ Images of Vegas.

Tournament host Cheryl Hines and One Step Closer Foundation founder Jacob Zalewski kicked off the event with the four most famous words in poker: “shuffle up and deal!” Actress Shannon Elizabeth also addressed the crowd, calling Zalewski “an inspiration and a shining star.”

Playboy Playmates Stacy Fuson, Alison Waite and Lauren Anderson pose with One Step Closer Founder, Jacob Zalewski
Playboy Playmates Stacy Fuson, Alison Waite and Lauren Anderson pose with One Step Closer Founder, Jacob Zalewski

Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak – IS Photography/ Images of Vegas.

During the tournament, players bid on silent auction items and enjoyed massages from Canyon Ranch SpaClub masseuses. One player bid a staggering $5,000 to sit between Playboy playmates Stacy Fuson and Lauren Anderson.

Actress Shannon Elizabeth poses with actor Sean Astin before the tournament
Actress Shannon Elizabeth poses with actor Sean Astin before the tournament

Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak – IS Photography/ Images of Vegas.

Also in attendance was Mekhi Phifer of FOX’s Lie To Me, Sean Astin of Lord of the Rings, Sam Simon, creator of The Simpsons, Jennifer Elise Cox, Jennifer Tilly, Jeremy London, Omar Gooding, Al Santos, Miko Hughes and boxer Sergio Martinez.

Jennifer Tilly poses at a poker table before the tournament
Jennifer Tilly poses at a poker table before the tournament

Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak – IS Photography/ Images of Vegas.

Poker stars included Karina and Chip Jett, Justin Smith, Todd and Anjela Brunson, Lupe Soto, Marsha Waggoner, Robert Williamson III, Christina Lindley, Phil Laak, Eric Mizrachi, Joseph Reitman, Joe Stapleton, Andy Bloch and 2009 WSOP champion Joe Cada.

Actor Mekhi Phifer poses with actress and tournament host Cheryl Hines
Actor Mekhi Phifer poses with actress and tournament host Cheryl Hines

Photo credit: Jacob Andrzejczak – IS Photography/ Images of Vegas.