Poker pros donate belongings to charity auction

Several prominent poker professionals have donated personal belongings and money in support of young Peyton Novoa, a little girl aged two-and-a-half from Richmond Hill, Ontario, who lost her 29-year-old mother, Natasha Novoa, to a rare form of small cell ovarian cancer in March 2006.

A single mother, Natasha left Peyton in the care of her family, all of who sacrificed much of their income and job stability in order to support Peyton and Natasha throughout the aggressive disease.

Gavin Smith, a native of Ontario, rallied together a group of pro players to help the young girl and her surviving family by donating personal effects to be sold online in a silent auction ending July 13.

Other pros donated money directly to a bank account that has been set up in the name of the Novoa family.

"We're getting a bunch of stuff from the poker community to auction off and try to raise some money for her in the next month," Smith said to "People will be able to bid online. Go to the Web site to get the whole story."

Pro players who contributed items for the silent auction include Phil Ivey, who donated an autographed Full Tilt Poker jersey; Mark Seif, who donated an autographed Absolute Poker jersey; Phil Laak, who donated a hoody from his extensive personal collection; Daniel Negreanu, who donated a Full Contact Poker jersey; Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, who donated an autographed hat; and, Smith, who donated an autographed Full Tilt Poker jersey and $2,000 to the family. Phil Hellmuth also donated $2,000.

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