The 2009 World Series of Poker saw 57 events on the schedule, but one event that attracted the eyes of mainstream media was the $5,000 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event.
From Hollywood stars, poker professionals, and amateurs, a total of 137 players created a prize pool of $665,820. The final two tables would finish in-the-money as Alex Bolotin topped the field to win his first WSOP bracelet.
On today’s Run it Back show, Remko Rinkema sat down with poker commentator and comedian Joe Stapleton to relive the 2009 Ante Up for Africa Charity Event. Stapleton discusses the home game he partakes in, the jobs he wishes he could get, and how he couldn’t be funnier than Norman Chad.
Watch Run it Back with Joe Stapleton | Ante Up for Africa Celebrity Charity Event now on Poker Central’s YouTube channel.
The highlights of the Ante Up for Africa episode include seeing table talk between Charles Barkley, Jason Alexander, and Herschel Walker, along with some cameos from Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Don Cheadle. Rinkema and Stapleton exchange banter throughout this Run it Back episode and conclude discussing how Rounders is the obvious number one poker movie – but what is the worse one?
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