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$60,000 Prize in Charity Poker Tournament after WMD Phoenix Open

By February 17, 2013

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Dr. J Plays Hold'em Photo Courtesy (Brian Cramer)

The 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open, which Phil Mickelson won wire to wire, is a huge draw for golf enthusiasts in the Phoenix area. This year, Waste Management also held a special party afterwards that included an invitee poker tournament, hosted by Scottsdale's Fender Guitar.

With winner's charity donations of $25,000 up for grabs between the lucky 40 players, 300 guests enjoyed plenty of great Texas Hold'em tournament action. Jeff Geller, local CEO of Dream Dealers casino parties, provided the poker tables and a bevy of dealing beauties. Notable celebrities included Jim McMahon, Julius "Doctor J" Erving, Michael Waltrip, and many others. Ken Griffey, Jr. made the final table but couldn't crack the top two spots.

Waste Management's CEO, David Steiner, matched the winner's charity donation of $25,000 for first place (who made an anonymous donation), and personally provided an additional $10,000 to Tom Fetters, GM of Recall, who chose Wounded Warriors as his charity. So a total of $60,000 went to charities.

As usual, the Dream Dealers kept the tournament action fast and furious, because they really know how casino parties work, and all guests were able to enjoy casino action with Craps, Blackjack, Roulette, 3 Card Poker, and Let it Ride.

It's nice to see local companies like Waste Management and Fender Guitar celebrating the fun of casino games, especially poker, and donations to charities as tournament prizes is a sign of class!

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