Poker players' generosity extends past charity tournament

Last week poker pros and other players came together at the Bicycle Casino to play in the Paul Hannum No-Limit Hold'em Charity Tournament benefiting Hannum's fiancée and unborn baby girl after his unexpected death earlier in August. Since then players have also continued to give to the family.

The $1,000 charity tournament brought in 115 players for the cause including professional players such as Barry Greenstein, Joe Sebok, Michael Mizrachi, Allen Cunningham, Melissa Hayden, Jeff Madison, Lee Watkinson, Scott Wilson, Vince Van Patten, Dick Van Patten, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Shirley Rosario, Vanessa Rousso, Mark Seif, Casey Kastle, Kenna James, J.C.Tran, Mel Judah, Alex Outhred, Nam Le, Lou Diamond Phillips, Courtney Friel, Mike Sexton, David Singer, Billy Burke and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson.

Tilly was the winner of the event, and chose to turn down the top prize of a $25,000 seat to the World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship and instead donate the money to the charity. Gavin Smith, who hosted the tournament, came in second to win a seat to any $10,000 WPT event and announced that he would donate half of any winnings he received from it to the "Baby Hannum" fund as well.

That generosity has since spread to other tournaments in the poker world as well. When the WPT Legends of Poker came down to the final table the Aug. 30, Scotty Nguyen convinced other players at the final table to join him in donating part of their winnings to Hannum's family as well. Hoyt Corkins, Kevin O'Donnell, Randy Holland and then winner, Joe Pelton, all made contributions.

Hannum was a World Poker Tour (WPT) cameraman who died Aug. 3 from complications following an appendectomy. He was engaged to Sarah Percy and they're expected a baby girl due in October.

For more information about the tournament, please read Poker Tournament to Benefit Family of WPT Cameraman.

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