Damon, Affleck return for Ante Up for Africa

Matt Damon
Matt Damon: Confirmed

The third annual Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament is set for July 2nd at the Rio in Las Vegas and there will be no shortage of A-list celebs and NBA stars at the tables.

Heading the list again this year are AUFA staples Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, who will be joined by a who's who of sports and entertainment.

Some of the biggest names announced as of last week:

Annie Duke, Don Cheadle, Brad Garrett, Cedric The Entertainer, Charles Barkley, Danny Masterson, Hank Azaria, Herschel Walker, Jason Alexander, Kenny Smith, Marlon Wayans, Montel Williams, Reggie Miller, Tia Carrere, Sarah Silverman, Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, Cheryl Hines, Mekhi Phifer, Rob Schneider, Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, Tiffany Michelle, Erik Seidel and Phil Hellmuth.

The $5,000 buy-in event is also open to the public, meaning anyone over the age of 21 can jump in and play No-Limit Hold'em against some of the world's biggest celebrities and poker players for a six-figure first-place prize.

In addition to playing for the cash prizes awarded at the event, all proceeds from the event go to the ENOUGH project and Refugees International, who raise awareness and provide aid to the survivors of Darfur.

At the first AUFA, the two players reaching heads-up play, Dan Shak and Brandon Moran, decided to donate the entire amount of both first and second-place prizes to the charity.

This generous act may have started a tradition as 2008's AUFA winner, poker pro John Hennigan, donated 100% of his $136,860 prize to the charity.


Ben Affleck
Daredevil: Confirmed.


With a fast-paced structure, the entire tournament should be wrapped up in approximately 5 hours, making for an action-heavy event guaranteed to keep the spectators entertained.

Head to the Rio to register, or show up on the day to watch and hang out - the event is open to spcetators.


Ante Up For Africa (AUFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein.

The organization is dedicated to raising money and awareness for Africans in need, and to date Ante Up For Africa has raised close to $2 million for the cause and has donated to organizations such as Not On Our Watch (NOOW), ENOUGH and The International Rescue Committee.

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