Live tournaments may be slowly making their way back into the mainstream, but a group of actors and comedians gathered on Sunday to raise funds for charity.
Hank Azaria, best known for his language work on The Simpsons, hosted the game and was joined by Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Michael Ian Black and Josh Charles in what is known as "Hank's Home Game" . ”
Azaria, Cheadle, and Black have been regular poker players for quite a while and have made multiple appearances at high profile charity events in recent years. According to Azaria, Cera only started playing the game a few years ago but has grown into a strong player pretty quickly.
The tournament was played on PokerStars and streamed on the company's YouTube channel.
Unlike a typical poker tournament, nobody would be excluded from this event. Instead, there were unlimited rebuys and players were ranked based on their win / loss of tournament chips. Each player started with 10,000 chips. If a player was knocked out, re-bought and finished with 40,000 chips, that translates into a net win of 20,000 chips and would be above someone who did not re-buy and only doubled once.
Instead of raising the blinds, the blinds stayed at 50-100 throughout the tournament, which had a two-hour time limit. After two hours, the winnings were counted and the payouts distributed.
All six places would make money for the charity of their choice. The winner received $ 20,000 for the charity of their choice. Subsequent finishers made $ 12,000, 8,000, 5,000, 3,000, and $ 2,000 for charities.
Michael Cera, who starred in Molly's Played X, won the tournament and donated $ 20,000 to the First Responders First Charity.
You can see the entire tournament in the following video: