Blogs with Balls Charity Poker Shootout


When: Friday, October 16, 2009 • 8pm
Where: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Buy-in: $50+10
Winners: Prizes for table winners, knockout bonuses and finalists. Cash prizes for top finishers.
Charity: Proceeds will go to Ante Up for Africa
Including Charitable Contributions From: Carbon Poker, SB Nation, Sports Illustrated, Jose Cuervo, Crown Royal


Top Sports Bloggers and Poker Celebrities, Including Annie Duke, to Join Up For Charity

On October 16th, many of the top sports bloggers and poker players in the world will get together for the Blogs with Balls Charity Poker Shootout, held in conjunction with BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas.

Each table in the 100-person Shootout, generously underwritten by Carbon Poker, will feature sports writers from the leading sports media companies, including ESPN, Fox Sports, Yahoo, AOL, Sports Illustrated, Gawker Media, Yardbarker, SB Nation and more. In addition, each table will feature one of the best professional poker players in the world,  including Annie Duke – a WSOP bracelet winner and runner up on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice on NBC.

The Shootout has been organized to raise money and awareness for Ante Up for Africa, a charity founded by Duke and award-winning actor Don Cheadle to aid relief efforts in Darfur through poker events. In the last three years, Ante Up for Africa has raised more than $5 million dollars to help support human rights work in Darfur.

In addition to raising money for charity, the event will have both cash and prizes for the top finishers, as well as knockout bonuses and other fun and valuable giveaways from sponsors. An announcement with additional sponsors and full list of professional players signed on to play will be forthcoming.

The event, taking place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s new poker lounge, begins at 8pm.


The top five positions will pay out with a prize pool of more than $3000. Additional money from entry fee will be donated on behalf of the players to Ante Up for Africa.

Table winners will get a prize pack including swag from sponsors Carbon Poker, EA Sports, Crown Royal and Sports Illustrated. Other tournament finalists will also get a prize pack.

Tons of player knockout bonuses. Those prizes include:

  • A Netbook courtesy of SB Nation
  • An EA Sports prize pack (with seven games)
  • TaylorMade club and personalized bag courtesy of,
  • A Nike driver courtesy of
  • Custom BwB Jose Cuervo Platino bottles
  • Captain Morgan prize pack given by Captain Morgan himself
  • Motorola Endeavor HX1 Headset
  • Autographed items and more.

In addition to cash, the winner of the tournament will get a prize pack that includes:

  • A bottle of Jose Cuervo Reserva De La Familia
  • A huge Carbon Poker prize pack
  • A LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to Sports Illustrated

More prizes to come…


Enrollment in the tournament is now closed. For more information on the Shootout, including media/interview requests, email


The following professional players are scheduled to participate in the tournament:


Annie Duke

Duke is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and winner of the two-million dollar inaugural World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions in 2004. Long one of the most recognizable figures in the poker world, Duke’s popularity exploded last year when she was a finalist on Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Duke, with actor Don Cheadle, founded the charity Ante Up For Africa in 2007 and have raised millions of dollars to aid the needy in Darfur.

Twitter: @realannieduke

bwb2_poker_0007_HarmanJennifer Harman

Harman is a two-time WSOP bracelet winner – the first woman two win WSOP open events. She is a regular at the “Big Game,” held the Bellagio and is a fixture on nearly every televised poker event. Harman is also very involved in charities, including founding Creating Oragan Donation Awareness to raise awareness for organ donation.

Twitter: @realjenharman


Joe Sebok

Sebok is an accomplished poker professional, with 14 cashes in the WSOP. He’s perhaps most known as the co-founder of with his stepfather Barry Greenstein. The two run one of the biggest and most trafficked poker sites in the world. Sebok also hosts PokerRoad Radio with friends and fellow pros Gavin Smith and Ali Nejad and is one of the pioneers of the online poker community.

Twitter: @joesebok

bwb2_poker_0004_AlstyneJames Van Alstyne

Van Alstyne is an engineer turned card-counting blackjack player turned poker pro, who recently won his first WSOP bracelet in the $1500 H.O.R.S.E. event, placing second in the $3000 event this year as well. After placing 16th in the 1999 Main Event, Van Alstyne took to the stock market for five years, but found his way back to poker, winning several big events including season one of Ultimate Poker Challenge. Van Alstyne has earned more than three million dollars in tournament play.

Twitter: @poker1123

bwb2_poker_0002_MarcoMarco Traniello

Traniello was a world-renowned hairdresser on vacation in 1999, met Jennifer Harman – his wife – in the Bellagio parking lot, and since that time has become one of the most recognizable players at the tables. In his first WSOP appearance in 2005, Traniello finished in the money in seven different events. In total, he has 22 WSOP cashes.

Twitter: @marcopoker

bwb2_poker_0003_MadsenJeff Madsen

One of the top young poker pros in the world, Madsen was named WSOP Player of the Year in 2006 after winning two bracelets, just weeks apart. Madsen won the first of his two titles just five weeks after his 21st birthday, making him – at the time – the youngest bracelet winner ever. Still just 24 years old, Madsen has earned more than two million dollars in tournament play.

Twitter: @jeffmadsen

bwb2_poker_0005_JettKarina Jett

Jett, married to Chip Jett, is part of one of the top poker-playing couples in the game. She has appeared on GSN’s Poker Royale Battle of the Sexes as well as penning a column for Card Player Magazine with her husband. The couple made history at the London Open in 2005 when they became the only husband and wife team to ever reach the final table of a “$10,000 championship event” with a 2 million dollar prize pool.

Twitter: @karinajett

bwb2_poker_0006_ChipjettChip Jett

Jett is considered one of the best tournament players in the world. Playing in an average of 300 events a year, Jett has made 33 final tables of major tournaments, and cashed in many more, earning more than two million dollars in tournament play. He is married to fellow pro Karina Jett.


bwb2_poker_0000_LayneLayne Flack

Flack is one of the top tournament players in the world. Nicknamed ‘Back to Back’ Flack after winning consecutive WSOP bracelet events in 2003, Flack has won an astounding six bracelets at the World Series. He also has a WPT title to his name and has earned more than four million dollars in tournament events.

Twitter: @back2backflack