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Playing poker for a good cause

Playing poker for a good cause

Celebrities and professional and amateur poker enthusiasts put on their poker faces on Thursday evening, October 4, for a worthy cause.

As has become customary at the annual WPT Deepstacks Emperors Palace Poker Classic, a Charity Poker Tournament is held during the 14-day long poker extravaganza with funds raised going to a good cause selected by the overall winner and top placed celebrity of the tournament. This year 70 celebrities and professional and amateur poker enthusiasts put on their poker faces on Thursday evening, October 4 for this worthy cause.

 

Springbok Elton Jantjies was one of the celebrities who generously gave of his time to participate in a poker event at Emperors Palace’s Theatre of Marcellus on Thursday evening, October 4, in aid of charity. The ‘Bok pivot’, pictured here before the tournament with Peermont Gaming & VIP Operations Executive, Bob Yearham joined the likes of comedian, Chris Forrest, Carte Blanche presenter, Derek Watts and actresses Michaella Russell and Mbali Nkosi in putting on their poker faces for a good cause. At the end of the evening Nkosi came fourth out of 70 players and as the top placed celebrity was able to select a charity to get R10 000 donated by the Palace of Dreams. She chose CHOC as the recipient while overall winner of the event, Toni Snyders selected Surgeons for Little Lives to receive R16 220 which was raised from participants in the event on the night.

Among the celebrities in action were Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts of Bryanston, Isidingo actress Michaella Russell of Northriding and comedian Chris Forrest of Randpark Ridge who are pictured here before the event with Peermont Gaming & VIP Operations Executive, Bob Yearham of Benoni. 

South African actress, presenter, singer and dancer Mbali Nkosi of Fourways is all smiles after she finished as the top celebrity in a Charity Poker Tournament held as part of this year’s WPT Deepstacks Emperors Palace Poker Classic at the Palace of Dreams on Thursday evening, October 4. For her efforts, Nkosi, also known for coming third on the fourth season of the reality show Big Brother Mzansi, was able to selected a charity to collect R10 000 donated by the East Rand resort and casino. Nkosi selected CHOC and is pictured here collecting the R10 000 on behalf of her charity from Peermont Public Relations Manager, Julie van Wyk of Benoni.

On Thursday evening, October 4, Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies was one of the celebrities who gave of his time to participate in a poker event at Emperors Palace’s Theatre of Marcellus in aid of charity. More accustomed to the nuances of rugby Jantjies got some assistance during the event, which is part of the 14-day long WPT Deepstacks Emperors Palace Poker Classic which is currently underway at the Palace of Dreams, from poker pro, Ahmed Karrim. Here the two celebrate after Jantjies won a hand while another regular at poker tournaments, Nawal Jaftha (left) looks on. Thanks to the generosity of the players and the East Rand resort and casino R16 220 was raised for Surgeons for Little Lives, the chosen charity of the tournament winner, Toni Snyders and a further R10 000 will go to CHOC, the charity chosen to benefit by the celebrity who fared the best in the event, Mbali Nkosi who finished fourth.

Women ruled the roost in Thursday evening’s (October 4) WPT Deepstacks Emperors Palace Poker Classic Charity Poker Tournament at the Palace of Dreams’ Theatre of Marcellus with actress, presenter, singer and dancer Mbali Nkosi of Fourways and amateur player Toni Snyders of Hurlingham winning big money for their chosen charities. While Nkosi collected a cheque for R10 000 for CHOC, her selected worthy cause for faring the best of all the celebrities – she came fourth – Snyders scooped R16 220 for Surgeons for Little Lives her chosen charity as winner of the tournament. (Photograph by Yolanda van der Stoep)

Among the sports stars who gave of their time to play in the WPT Deepstacks Emperors Palace Poker Classic Charity Poker Tournament at the Palace of Dreams’ Theatre of Marcellus on Thursday evening, October 4, were rugby playing brothers, Tony and Elton Jantjies and IBO Welterweight world boxing champion Thulani “Thulz” Mbenge. The trio are pictured here between poker hands with Peermont Public Relations Manager, Julie van Wyk. Over R26 000 was donated to charity at the end of the tournament thanks to the generosity of the 70 players who participated in the event and the East Rand resort and casino.

Three of the celebrities who gave of their time to participate in the WPT Deepstack Emperors Palace Poker Classic Charity Poker Tournament at the Palace of Dreams’ Theatre of Marcellus on Thursday evening, October 4 , 702’s Alex Caige of Dainfern, entertainer, Taryn Louch of Sandton and comedian, Chris Forrest of Randpark Ridge. During the course of the evening over R26 000 was raised for charity with the money split with R16 220 going to Surgeons for Little Lives and R10 000 to CHOC.

Singer, Danny K of Inanda is all smiles as he plays a hand, while his lovely wife Lisa watches, during the WPT Deepstacks Emperors Palace Poker Classic (EPPC) Charity Poker Tournament at the Palace of Dreams’ Theatre of Marcellus on Thursday evening, October 4. The charity event, which attracted 70 celebrities, professional and amateur poker players is part of the 14-day long EPPC, which runs until October 14 at the East Rand resort and casino. When the last hand was played on Thursday evening over R26 000 was raised with R16 220 going to Surgeons for Little Lives and R10 000 to CHOC.

* Main image: Poker enthusiast Ahmed Karrim gives Springbok flyhalf Elton Jantjies some advice while the latter played in a Charity Poker event at Emperors Palace’s Theatre of Marcellus on Thursday evening, October 4. Jantjies was among 70 celebrities and professional and amateur poker players who participated in the event which is part of the 14-day long WPT Deepstacks Emperors Palace Poker Classic which is currently underway at the Palace of Dreams. Thanks to the generosity of the players and the East Rand resort and casino R16 220 was raised for Surgeons for Little Lives, the chosen charity of the tournament winner, Toni Snyders. A further R10 000 will be donated to CHOC, the charity chosen to benefit by the celebrity who fared the best in the event, Mbali Nkosi who finished fourth. 

Photographs by Yolanda van der Stoep

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