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No Ante Up for Africa this Summer, Maybe in November
Ante Up for Africa has been a fixture at the World Series for the last four years but due to scheduling conflicts with Don Cheadle, it won’t be happening at the 2011 WSOP.
âDon Cheadle is busy working on a project and wasnât available to coordinate the event this summer,â WSOP Communications Director Seth Palansky told PokerListings.com in Las Vegas.
âDepending on what his schedule is like weâre hoping it might happen during the Main Event final table in November,â added Palansky.
Cheadle has been the driving force behind this charity event since its inception in 2007 and is responsible for attracting A-List celebs like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, meaning the event would likely struggle without his involvement.
The event raised $275,000 for humanitarian aid in Africa in 2010, thanks in large part to Phil Gordonâs 100% donation of his $129,000 first-place prize.
Last yearâs event attracted big names from the entertainment industry and the sports world including Brad Garret, Shannon Elizabeth, Evander Holyfield and Jerome Bettis.
To date has raised $3.2 million.