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Tourney Photos: Celebs Raise $362,000 in ‘Ante Up For Africa’ Charity Poker Event

Mike Tyson, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Jason Alexander, Sarah Silverman, Dean Cain at ‘Ante Up for Africa’ Poker Tourney

Phil Hellmuth and Mike Tyson
Actor Don Cheadle and poker pro Annie Duke yesterday co-hosted the third annual Ante Up For Africa tournament (Pictured above: Phil Hellmuth and Mike Tyson – Photo: © Erik Kabik/ RETNA/ www.erikkabik.com)

The charity event, which is hosted on the eve of the World Series of Poker Main Event and since 2007, has raised nearly $2.5 million to build awareness for the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, Sudan, and support those who are victimized by it.

Everyone who participates in Ante Up For Africa pays a $5,000 entry fee and is encouraged to donate a portion of any winnings for the immediate benefit of ENOUGH and the International Rescue Committee.  Last night’s winner – Alex Bolotin of Brooklyn, NY – donated half of his winnings. In all, the third annual Ante Up For Africa raised $362,000.

In addition to Cheadle and Duke, prominent names who participated in the event included Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Mike Tyson, Charles Barkley, Jason Alexander, Hershel Walker, Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, Jennifer Tilly, Sarah Silverman, Montel Williams, and poker greats such as Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, Phil Hellmuth, Joe Hachem, Jennifer Harman and Phil Gordon.

The Event was played at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Mike Tyson
Mike Tyson

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Matt Damon
Matt Damon

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Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon

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Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman

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Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman

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Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander

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Brad Garrett
Brad Garrett

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Montel Williams and Tara Fowler Williams
Montel Williams and Tara Fowler Williams

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Jennifer Tilly
Jennifer Tilly

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Jennifer Tilly
Jennifer Tilly

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Tiffany Michelle
Tiffany Michelle

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Jennifer Harman and Marco Traniello
Jennifer Harman and Marco Traniello

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Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle

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Cedric The Entertainer
Cedric The Entertainer

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Cedric The Entertainer
Cedric The Entertainer

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Human Nature
Human Nature

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