Vanessa Rousso has won the PokerStars NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament, beating Phil Kessel heads up for the top spot. But the biggest winners were the charities that benefited from this event.
Each player was playing for their charity of choice and a piece of $100,000 to use for their donation. After outlasting great Canadian poker pros Daniel Negreanu and Jonathan Duhamel, Kessel finished second to Rousso and earned $15,000 for his chosen charity: SickKids Foundation. Kessel matched the prize with $15,000 of his own money to bring the total to $30,000 for SickKids. Yesterday, Toronto Maple Leafs’ mascot Carlton the Bear presented the cheque at a Toronto hospital.
The tournament featured hockey greats, current and retired, facing off against a few PokerStars pros and online qualifiers. This is the full lineup, divided into the three starting tables:
|1||Vanessa Rousso||PokerStars Pro|
|1||Michael Dunbar||Online Qualifier|
|1||Denis Savard||NHL Alum|
|1||Matthew Barnaby||NHL Alum|
|1||Darcy Tucker||NHL Alum|
|1||Pat LaFontaine||NHL Alum|
|2||Jonathan Duhamel||PokerStars Pro|
|2||Derek Doolittle||Online Qualifier|
|2||Greg Sansone||Sportsnet360 Personality|
|2||Phil Kessel||NHL Player|
|2||Brad May||NHL Alum|
|2||Guy Carbonneau||NHL Alum|
|3||Daniel Negreanu||PokerStars Pro|
|3||Marv Boychuk||Online Qualifier|
|3||Marty McSorley||NHL Alum|
|3||Theo Fleury||NHL Alum|
|3||Gary Leeman||NHL Alum|
|3||Mark Napier||NHL Alum|
There is another NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament scheduled for this summer, and PokerStars will begin offering qualifying tournaments in the spring to earn your seat at the table with the hockey and poker pros. First place also wins $25K cash and a package to attend and play PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas worth $20K. It could be you this time! Download and start playing at PokerStars with the PokerNews Canada links for the best bonuses.