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Continuing her string of seemingly never-ending charitable efforts, pro Annie Duke will be hosting the Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Night at 7:30pm PT on May 20th at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.  The $250 buy-in, $100 rebuy tournament will benefit the non-profit organization After-School All-Stars.

After-School All-Stars was established by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1992 (under the name Inner-City Games Foundation) when he was still a full-time actor serving as Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.  The organization provides after school programs for at-risk youth who have no place to go after school.  After-School All-Stars aims not only to keep kids safe by giving them an alternative to crime, gangs, and drugs, but also help them succeed in school and prepare them for the rest of their lives.  The organization has 13 locations around the United States and serves 78,000 youth annually.

Almost $35,000 in prizes will be up for grabs, including a $10,000 seat in the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event and a Segway personal transporter.  In addition to the buy-ins and rebuys, players will have the opportunity to contribute to the cause by bidding on silent auction items.

A number of celebrities have been confirmed for the event, including:

  • Don Cheadle – actor, Hotel Rwanda, Ocean’s Eleven series
  • Rafe Furst – Full Tilt Poker pro
  • Ali Nejad – “Poker After Dark” commentator
  • Sarah Rue – actress, “Eastwick,” “Popular”
  • Trishelle Cannatella – Absolute Poker pro, “Real World” star
  • David Zayas – actor, “Dexter”
  • Shanna Moakler – Former Miss USA, reality television celebrity
  • Adam “Roothlus” Levy – Team UB member
  • Joshua Molina – actor, “The West Wing”
  • Scott Ian – Anthrax guitarist, Team UB member
  • Brad Garret – actor, “‘Til Death” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”
  • Stacy Keibler – Dancing With the Stars

“ASAS (After-School All-Stars) is simply an amazing organization,” Annie Duke said in a press release.  “The children they serve live in some of the most poverty-stricken areas in the country where their other options are gangs, drugs, or worse.  ASAS not only gives them a safe place to be while their parents work, but also provides them additional support in school work and outlets for expression through extracurricular activities.  Poker players can be incredibly generous people, so it was a no-brainer for me that this event should happen.”

All registrants for the Annie Duke Celebrity Poker Night will receive $1,000 in starting chips, a $10 food voucher for any Commerce Casino restaurant, and a gift bag.  Those who wish to attend but not play may do so for a  $75 admission fee.  Tickets can be purchased on-site starting at 6:00pm on the day of the event or online at


  1. Dianna Donofrio-Trigatzi says:

    Look forward to seeing you there. Poker Players Alliance is also supporting Governor Schwarzenegger and Annie Duke in their efforts to help this fun-packed Event on May 20th. Registration begins at 6 pm and the tournament starts at 7:30 pm. This is your chance to win a $10,000 entry to the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.

  2. Dianna Donofrfio-Trigatzi says:

    Brad Garret has also confirmed to Annie Duke that he will be attending

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