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Tiger’s Poker Night 2016

The Tiger Woods Foundation and the World Poker Tour returned to Las Vegas on the weekend for the 18th annual Tiger Jam at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. To date, Tiger Jam has raised over $17 Million (!) from its annual, two-day charity event, hosted by Tiger Woods, which goes toward the Tiger Woods Foundation in providing underserved students with the ability to exceed any and all expectations.

The weekend started off with a golf clinic at Shadow Creek, and on Friday evening, five poker tables at MGM Grand Las Vegas filled up with generous guests for Tiger’s Poker Night, presented by the World Poker Tour, including poker legend Phil Hellmuth who emceed the event, The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison and tennis pro Andy Roddick.

WPT Foundation Tiger's Poker Night - Adam Pliska, Tiger Woods, Lynn Gilmartin, Vince Van Patten

WPT Foundation Tiger’s Poker Night – Adam Pliska, Tiger Woods, Lynn Gilmartin and Vince Van Patten

 

 

Lynn Gilmartin interviews Tiger Woods at Tiger's Poker Night

Interviewing Tiger Woods before the poker festivities began.

 

I thought I ran pretty well drawing a seat right next to Tiger himself, but it’s fair to say Vince Van Patten represented WPT a little stronger, winning the trophy!

I don't pray often, but when I do, it's for a queen on the river.

I don’t pray often, but when I do, it’s for a queen on the river.

 

Tiger's Poker Night - Tiger Woods and Lynn Gilmartin

I may not have got my queen in the earlier hand, but in this one, Tiger scores himself quads on the river!

 

Vince Van Patten - Champion of Tiger's Poker Night 2016

Congrats Vince Van Patten!!

 

The official video package from the night with my interview with Tiger is in post-production, so until then, here is a Facebook Live video I made on the night with Chris Harrison:

 

The festivities continued on Saturday with a golf tournament during the day, followed by a dinner reception and an intimate Jason Mraz performance (who paid homage to past Tiger Jam performer Prince with a tear-jerking rendition of “Purple Rain”) in the MGM Grand Ballroom.

Jason Mraz and Tiger Woods

Jason Mraz and Tiger Woods

During the night, we heard from Evan Chang, Tiger Woods Foundation’s first doctor, who recently graduated from New York University School of Medicine. His moving speech thanked the Tiger Woods Foundation for challenging him to further his limits and for constantly reminding him that success is not defined by where you started from, but by overcoming obstacles and showing character through countless hours of hard work and dedication.

Not only was this a glamorous and exciting weekend to be a part of, but most importantly, on Evan Chang’s note, it was for a wonderful cause. If you’d like to join us next year, the 2017 VIP list is now open for entry.

LG x

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