The poker gaming community lost one of its greatest professional poker players when Chad Brown died of cancer ten days back. Messages and posts on various social networking sites prove beyond doubt that poker players loved and respected Brown for the way he treated other poker players, both recreational and professional. An event comprising a charity poker tournament has therefore been arranged on Sunday at the Las Vegas based Binion’s Gambling Hall in honor of Chad Brown.
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Called the Chad Brown Memorial and Charity Poker Tournament, the event will be hosted by Beau Eurell, the poker player’s former manager; Vanessa Rousso, his close friend and former wife; and Lupe Sote and Jennifer Winter. It will start at 4:00 p.m. sharp and everybody associated with Brown will be present. His friends, representatives of the poker gaming industry, and other poker players will express their opinions about Brown and their experiences with him.
The charity poker tournament, an event with a buy-in of $200+$25, rebuys of $50, and dealer add-ons of $50, will begin at 6:00 p.m. Fifty percent of the prize pool generated will be donated in honor of Brown to the T. J. Martell Charity Foundation, which funds research on various types of cancer, including the variety that Brown died of.
Laura Heatherly, the chief executive officer of T. J. Martell Foundation, said: “We are proud of this new association with the Chad Brown Memorial Charity Poker Tournament. Presently, besides our other cancer research programs, we are now expanded into sarcoma research. We look forward to the day when we can conquer this devastating disease.”
The top players of the charity poker tournament will win a seat worth $10,000 to the PCA 2015 Main Event, a seat to the Main Event of the $1000 buy-in Montreal Poker Festival along with accommodation for five nights at a luxury hotel, a prize package to the PPC Poker Tour Aruba Championship, and entries to the WPT500 scheduled for July 2015, among others.
Rousso said that the event is meant to be “a celebration of Chad’s life,” “a way to keep his memory alive” as he has touched so many people at the deepest level.
Each participant will be given a stack of 3000 chips to start with. Every time they re-buy, they will get 1000 chips; and the add-on will give them 5000 chips. The tournament comprises levels of 20 minutes each.
More information is available at downtownchadbrown.org.