Friends of Chad Brown, the professional poker player who died of cancer at the age of 52, and poker players from all over the world have been invited to take part in the second edition of the Annual Chad Brown Memorial Charity Tournament, which will be held on July 2 at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in support of an anti-cancer campaign called “Suck Out Sarcoma.”
The official website of the event says that Brown was awarded the World Series of Poker’s (WSOP) first honorary championship bracelet in the summer of 2014. On July 2, 2014, Brown died of sarcoma in New York.
A silent auction and a cocktail reception will mark the beginning of this charity poker event at 6:00 p.m. An hour later, the charity poker tournament will be held and the proceeds will be donated to T. J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer, and AIDS Research. The tournament, which permits add-ons and re-buys worth $100, comes with an entry fee of $200+$40.
T. J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly said: “We are very proud of the association with the Chad Brown Memorial Poker Tournament and Planet Hollywood. Presently, besides our other cancer research programs, we are supporting cutting-edge sarcoma research at flagship hospitals in the United States. We look forward to the day when we can conquer this devastating disease.”
The tournament offers prizes such a free seat to the $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event, a free seat to the $10,000 buy-in PokerStars PCA, a prize package worth $1,200 to the Main Event of the PPC Poker Tour at Tampa Bay Downs, a free seat to the WPT500 2015, an event with a guaranteed prize of $2 million, scheduled to be held at Las Vegas’ Aria Resort and Casino, WPT travel credit of $500 that can be used for flights, accommodation, entries to tournaments, and car rentals, a free seat to a Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) qualifier plus a swag pack worth $75, a VIP experience package to the WPT Five Diamond Poker Classic, the complete NL Hold’em course from the Poker Academy, and the Zen Poker Training.
Last year, Brown’s former wife Vanessa Rousso hosted the first edition of the charity poker tournament. Since Rousso will be taking part in the 17th season of Big Brother, a TV show, Maria Ho will host the event this year.
Ho said that Chad was a personal friend and that the event is very meaningful to her.