Full Tilt Poker Pro Phil Gordon to Host "Bad Beat Cancer" Fundraiser

Professional poker player Phil Gordon will host “The Full Tilt Bad Beat Cancer Fundraiser” May 24 to help raise money for the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.

The fundraiser will bring together celebrities and pros to the White Lotus in Hollywood for a night of entertainment, music, a live auction and several rounds of bidding to go heads up with World Poker Champions, including Howard Lederer, Annie Duke and Phil Gordon.

Expected attendees include actors Hank Azaria, Shannon Elizabeth, Dave Foley, Penny Marshall, Sara Rue and more.

Phil Gordon and Rafe Furst started Bad Beat on Cancer during the 2003 World Series of Poker when they started a drive to help fund cancer research and prevention by playing poker.

Since that first event, the Bad Beat on Cancer initiative has grown to include other major poker tournaments, home games, leagues, and has inspired some players to even pledge for life. Amateurs and pros alike have participated in Bad Beat on Cancer.

Proceeds from this event will help support the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation’s 21st Century Young Scientists Fund, which awards grants to the best and brightest researchers across the country engaged in cutting-edge cancer prevention research. The fund has played a critical role in funding discoveries that have led to new ways to prevent cancer and detect the disease in its earliest stages, when it is most treatable.

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