A-Rod, Jay-Z host celebrity poker tournament

New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez found a new teammate in rapper Jay-Z Wednesday night when the duo hosted a celebrity poker tournament at Jay-Z's 40/40 Club in Manhatten.

The charity event was expected to raise at least $250,000 for the A-Rod Family Foundation and the S. Carter Scholarship Fund.

Big names were out in full force at the event, including guest host Cedric the Entertainer, musician Nelly, comedian Steve Harvey and sports stars Dan Marino, Cal Ripken Jr. and Julius "Dr. J" Erving.

Rodriguez said he decided to raise money via a poker tournament after he caused a media stir for playing in an underground New York poker club last year. Capitalizing on poker's popularity by raising money for children's charity seemed like a good idea, he said.

Guests who donated anything from $200 to $25,000 to attend the event mingled, ate and drank prior to the tournament. Several rooms in the club were set up with poker tables for the evening.

Money raised for Rodriguez's foundation will be directed toward improving the lives of New York children in need of psychological, physical or financial help. Jay-Z's S. Carter Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for post-secondary students.

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