Toronto Maple Leaf Phil Kessel participated in this year’s NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament presented by PokerStars.net. He outlasted a field of professional poker players to finish second to Vanessa Rousso. Other well known pros who played for a share of the $100,000 charity prize-pool included World Series Main Event Champion Jonathan Duhamel and poker legend Daniel Negreanu.
With the second place finish, Phil Kessel earned $15,000 for SickKids Foundation and generously matched the prize money with a personal donation. Toronto Maple Leafs mascot, Carlton the Bear, presented the cheque for $30,000 at the hospital.
Other hockey greats who participated in the event were Matthew Barnaby, Guy Carbonneau, Theo Fleury, Pat LaFontaine, Gary Leeman, Brad May, Marty McSorley, Mark Napier, Denis Savard and Darcy Tucker. Three Canadian hockey fans who won their seats in online promotional tournaments rounded out the field.
The next NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament is scheduled for summer 2014 with spots open to online qualifiers. Free qualifying tournaments will start in the spring at PokerStars.net.