PokerStars hosting benefit for WSOP hero

Kent Senter
PokerStars wants to help Pittsburgh's Kent Senter fight cancer.

PokerStars is running a special tournament to benefit a Pittsburgh man suffering from Multiple Myelome Cancer.

You might remember Kent Senter as an inspirational story on the WSOP Main Event broadcast this year as he made it all the way to Day 2 before finally busting out.

PokerStars actually sent the entire Senter family out to the Main Event so they could cheer on their hero as he attempted to defy the odds.

The Senter family were featured in several TV segments on the ESPN Main Event broadcast where they talked about his illness and his dream of playing poker.

Now PokerStars is attempting to give back a little more to the Senter family by running a special $10 re-buy tournament with the proceeds going to the Cancer patient.

"I'm so grateful and there's no way to thank everyone for what they've done," said Kent's wife Patty. "A 'random act of kindness' doesn't even describe what these generous people have done. This is something we will never forget and are forever grateful."

Kent was diagnosed with Multiple Myelome in 2007 and he's been battling the illness ever since.

Although Kent missed the money at the Main Event he did generate a great deal of media buzz as USA Today, the Associated Press and the local Pittsburgh media all did stories on his journey.

2003 WSOP Main Event champion and Team PokerStars Pro Chris Moneymaker said he is inspired by Kent's story.

"Kent is a great guy and he has an amazing family," said Moneymaker. "I had the opportunity to spend some time with them during the Main Event and really enjoyed getting to know them. It's amazing to see PokerStars step up when appropriate to help out one of its members."

The re-buy tournament to benefit Kent will take place on PokerStars on Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. EST.

The goal of the event is to raise money to help pay for Kent's medical bills that have put him and his family into debt.

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