While the WPT Alpha8 final table played out in St Kitts, players who had been eliminated started up some side action with a $20,000 buy-in charity tournament to benefit St Christopher Children’s Home. We had a total of 15 entries — one of which started out as me thanks to the ever-so-generous Bill Perkins buying me in, until I had to run off to complete my final table anchor duties!
With 15 entries, a prize pool of $300,000 was generated, and 20% was for the St Christopher Children’s Home — that’s a whopping $60,000!
We had a few days on the island to film segments once the poker tournament had ended, so we had the chance to visit the home and meet the children and staff who were about to receive this huge cheque. We played cricket (a huge Aussie and West Indies favourite) in the yard with the sweet-as-can-be children and got a tour of the home, which will soon receive an upgrade thanks to our generous WPT Alpha8 poker players.
I’m more and more grateful everyday to be surrounded by such wonderful people who use their talents for the greater good of the world. A unique, yet unexpected aspect of the high-stakes poker world.