Full Tilt Poker recently helped sponsor a poker tournament in Port Chester, N.Y., that raised money for multiple sclerosis (MS) research. The Third Annual Turek No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament took place Aug. 26 and raised $25,000 for the cause.
The tournament is organized by Jason Daloia who created the tournament two years ago in honor of his mother-in-law Janice Turik who has MS. This year's top prize was a $10,000 seat donated by Andy Bloch for a World Poker Tour (WPT) event.
The winner of the tournament and the grand prize was John Sias. Chuck Patruccione finished second to win a spot in the WPT Boot Camp. Patrucciune also won a Full Tilt framed jersey signed by Clonie Gowen for knocking out one of the bounties Matt Matros, the 2004 WPT Championships third place finisher, during the tournament.
Prizes were also given out to the first five winning flushes and full houses, as well as for bad beats, bounties, highest hand of the tournament, and the top three women finishers.
This year also brought local celebrity John "Goumba Johnny" Sialiano, a comedian and radio personality who also played for the New York Jets and the New York Giants, as one of the bounties for the tournament.
The tournament has been steadily growing with more sponsors and more participants each year. The first event in 2004 saw 90 players battle it out on the felt to raise $17,000. Last year there were 100 players that raised $25,000, and this year 110 showed up and again raised $25,000.