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POKER NEWS: Maria Ho Takes Down 2nd Annual Chad Brown Memorial Tournament;


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On Thursday night, Planet Hollywood was poker's hotspot as hundreds of pros, fans, and industry luminaries packed the mezzanine for the 2nd Annual Chad Brown Memorial Tournament, a part of the "Suck Out Sarcoma" campaign.

The event was put on in honor of beloved poker pro Chad Brown, who had passed away one year ago to the day after a three-year battle with cancer.

The event kicked off with a cocktail reception and silent auction, followed by a charity poker tournament held to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer & AIDS Research. The $240 buy-in tournament also offered $100 rebuys, and dozens of players took advantage in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Among those in attendance were Australian cricket star Shane Warne; Hollywood actress Jennifer Tilly; a long list of poker pros including Liv Boeree, Vanessa Selbst, Linda Johnson, Rep Porter, and Chris Moorman; and Maria Ho, who not only hosted the event, but ultimately won the charity tournament.

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