Largest Poker Tournament for a Children’s Hospital in the U.S. Returns on October 29
New York, NY (September 25, 2014) – The annual “All In” for Kids Poker Tournament, the largest charity poker tournament benefiting a major U.S. children’s hospital, will be held at the Mandarin Oriental New York on Wednesday, October 29, 2014.
“All In” for Kids is part of the World Poker Tour Foundation’s™ Playing for a Better World™ series of charity poker events, which helps raise awareness and critical funds for non-profit programs through live charity poker tournaments around the globe. This celebrated event benefits The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia® (CHOP), the No. 1 pediatric hospital in the country as ranked by both U.S. News & World Report and Parents magazine.
“This is an exceptional event and we are delighted to once again partner on it with the WPT Foundation,” said Steven M. Altschuler, M.D., CHOP’s chief executive officer. “While our young patients come to CHOP from all around the world, we treat thousands of children from right here in New York City, making this event even more special.”
The tournament, hosted at the magnificent Mandarin Oriental New York which overlooks Central Park, was co-founded in 2008 by Daniel Shak, a businessman and semi-professional poker player. CHOP is hosted for the seventh consecutive year by poker legend Phil Hellmuth, Jr., who will be joined by WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin and WPT Commentator Vince Van Patten. Season IX WPT Player of the Year Andy Frankenberger and top professional Vanessa Selbst will also be in attendance, along with Hospital trustees, donors, and grateful families for an exciting and memorable evening. This year’s presenting sponsor is The Tioga Foundation.
WPT President Adam Pliska adds, “In my recent visit with Lynn and Vince, we witnessed firsthand the remarkable work being done by the caring and devoted staff of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. CHOP’s dedication to the quality of life of children of all ages is admirable and profound, and WPT Foundation is honored to support a legacy at CHOP that consists of more than 150 years of providing ground-breaking and personal health care to young people.”
To date, the tournament has raised nearly $5 million for lifesaving work done at CHOP. This year’s featured beneficiary is Food Allergy Research at CHOP. Past beneficiaries include the Hospital’s Center for Autism Research and Care, the Center for Childhood Cancer Research, the Division of Neurosurgery, the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment, and the Palliative Care Program.
Visit http://www.allinforkids.org for more information.
About the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program receives the highest amount of National Institutes of Health funding among all U.S. children’s hospitals. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu/.
About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 13th season, which airs on FSN in the United States. Season XIII of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. ClubWPT.com also sponsors Season I of the new WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which is currently in production and which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of bwin.party digital entertainment plc. For more information, go to WPT.com.