Celebs Drop Dollar for Charity at World Poker Tournament

March 2nd, 2009 // 2 Comments

Ever the fan of combining sports and charity, Ray Romano joined a star-studded crowd of participants in
the 7th Annual World Poker Tour Invitational this weekend, al
tournament that combines Hollywood’s glitz and glamor with Vegas’ grit
and gambling. 

The event raised almost $80,000 for Mekhi Phifer‘s
youth charity, The Vine Group, while giving deep-pocketed celebs an
opportunity to gamble against the economy.  As if they need to. 

Joining Ray and Mekhi at the tables were Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Everbody Loves Raymond actor Brad Garrett while Shanna Moaklar and Nicky Hilton represented for the ladies.  And by George, Nicky actually looked focused! I’m guessing that brain works better when it’s a safe distance away from it’s sibling

The heavy hitters – who managed to stay at the tables until 2 AM included kiss-and-tell baseballer Jose Canseco as well as actors Marlon Wayans, Rikki Lake, and Shannon Elizabeth.  Nearby, baseball-capped Don Cheadle and Benji Madden gave their opponents such a death stare I have to wonder if they
really do need that cash.  Then again, it might just be the same competitive gaze
I give any ho that gets in my way during a Nordstrom Clearance Sale…   

Gallery Info: Jon Hamm, Benji Madden, Don Cheadle, Brad Garrett, Ray Romano, Daniel Baldwin, Ricki Lake, Sara Rue, Mekhi Phifer, Al Santos, Jennifer Tilly, Shanna Moakler, Tia Carrerre, William Hung, Andy Milonakis, Carlos Bernard, Nicky Hilton, Shannon Elizabeth, Chris Masterson, Danny Masterson, CariDee English, Mimi Rogers, Johnathon Schaech, Lukas Haas, Marlon Wayans, Camryn Manheim, Kristy Swanson, Erik Palliadino, Billy Burke, Lou Diamond Phillips, Derek Hough and Ken Davitian at the 7th Annual World Poker Tour Invitational.

By Laura Bulchis
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