The tournament schedule is packed at the Rio today, but none of the tournaments will have provided as much fun or star-quality as Ante Up For Africa.
From the word go, the Rio hallways were packed with fans, looking to grab a glimpse or autograph from some of their favorite stars, including Don Cheadle, Matt Damon and Shane Warne.
The tournament itself was a quick-fire affair - the $5k buy-in played in great spirits by its famous participants and the final table saw a healthy mix of poker players and celebrities with the likes of Pro poker players Erik Seidel and Phil Gordon facing off against football-star Jerome Bettis and film star/ poker player Shannon Elizabeth.
Eventually Phil Gordon and Shannon Elizabeth got heads-up and when Phil Gordon won, it could be argued the feeling of winning was secondary to the thrill he would have got from the scissor-legged full body hug Elizabeth gave him to celebrate his win. Must be nice.
Gordon was a good sport, selling invites for his birthday bash for $100 a pop throughout to help raise funds, and he donated all the $130,641 1st prize to the charity.
All in all, a hugely-enjoyable day was had by all and many people will no doubt benefit greatly from the money raised today.
For more info, visit AnteUpforAfrica.org.