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Ante Up for Africa Europe
No Limit Texas Hold-Em Tournament

in association with PokerStars.com.

This event raised over $340,000 for the
humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

The Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monday, April 27, 2009


Ante Up For Africa is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein. Proceeds from the event will go to charities that provide aid and assistance to the survivors of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan and support activism dedicated to resolving this crisis.

The situation in Darfur, although improved in some ways after the past two tournaments, continues to be perilous. Government forces in Sudan embarked upon a campaign of ethnic cleansing that has to date resulted in 400,000 dead and almost 4 million people displaced, living in squalor in refugee camps on the Chad/Sudan border. Deployment of peacekeeping troops has been authorized but helicopters and other supplies are needed to make this a reality.

Not On Our Watch (www.notonourwatchproject.org) is a non-profit organization with the mission to focus global attention and resources towards putting an end to mass atrocities around the world. Through comprehensive advocacy and strategic contributions to important humanitarian organizations like the International Rescue Committee, Not On Our Watch generates lifesaving assistance and protection for the vulnerable, marginalized and displaced.

ENOUGH (www.enoughproject.org), founded by the International Crisis Group and the Center for American Progress, is a campaign to galvanize public and political leaders to effectively confront mass violence against innocent civilians in Darfur, northern Uganda and eastern Congo, and to prevent future mass atrocities wherever they may be.

Last year companies were just beginning to divest themselves of holdings in those entities doing business with Sudan. Now, among others, Berkshire Hathaway and Fidelity have sold all of their holdings in companies that do business there. This is tens of millions of dollars of divestiture. Also 22 states in the U.S. have passed laws barring their pension funds from investing in companies doing business in Sudan. Other states, including Nevada, have initiatives pending to accomplish the same thing. Our hope is that through efforts like Ante Up For Africa, we can continue to keep the issue in the spotlight while providing real funds to support the efforts of peacekeepers and aid workers on the ground.

Help us to continue to raise the profile of the plight of millions of people whose lives hang in the balance.


Celebrities in Scheduled to Appear: Page Updated:

Joel Madden – He is one of the founding members of the group “Good Charlotte.”


Christina Milian – She is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter, producer, dancer and actress. She has released three studio albums, and is currently recording a fourth album, Elope. Her songs have peaked in both the U.S. and U.K. singles charts.
The-Dream – He is a Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and producer. He won the American Music Award for Breakthrough Artist for 2008. He has written songs for Rhianna (“Umbrella”), Madonna and Britney Spears (“Me Against The Music”), Mariah Carey (“Touch My Body”), and Jesse McCartney (“Leavin”).

James Kyson Lee – He is currently starring as “Ando Masahashi” for three seasons on the hit NBC television series HEROES.

Jason Lewis - He is currently starring as "Jerry 'Smith' Jerrod in the television series and block buster feature film SEX AND THE CITY. He also currently stars as "Chad Barry" on the television series BROTHERS & SISTERS.

Nelly - He is the most successful rapper on the billboard hot 100 chart, with four solo number one hits. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has won two Grammy awards for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. He is an owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and owns to successful clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms. He played in the Main Event at the 2007 World Series of Poker.

Boris Becker – He is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player who is a six-time Grand Slam singles champion, an Olympic gold medalist, and the youngest-ever winner of the men's singles title at Wimbledon at the age of 17.


Zara Philips - is a member of the British royal family and is the second child and only daughter of Princess Anne, Princess Royal and her first husband, Captain Mark Phillips. As the eldest granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, she is twelfth in the British Order of Succession.
Kirsty Gallacher - is a Scottish television presenter. She began her television career as a presenter on Sky Sports News.
Nico Rosberg - is a racing driver for the Williams Formula One team. He races under the German flag in Formula One, although he competed for Finland earlier in his career. He holds dual nationality from both countries.
Mike Tindall - is a rugby union footballer who plays Outside centre for Gloucester Rugby and England.
Pepe Reina - is a Spanish footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the English Premier League club Liverpool F.C. and the Spain national team.
Sebastian Chabal - French Rugby international player
Philippe Saint Andre - French rugby player and coach.
Kool Shen (Bruno Lopes) - French Rapper and breakdancer.
Poli Rincon – Former Spanish Footballer who played as a striker.
Vladimir Klitschko – He is a Ukrainian heavyweight boxer and currently holds the IBF and WBO world heavyweight titles and is ranked number one by the IBO in the top 100 computerized rankings.
David Haye – He is a British professional boxer and boxing promoter. He is a former undisputed cruiserweight champion, having held the WBA, WBC, WBO and The Ring magazine cruiserweight titles.

Pokerstars Poker Pros Scheduled to Appear:

Peter Eastgate - Team PokerStars Pro - He is current World Series of Poker Champion with $9 million in winnings. He also enters the record books, as the youngest ever Main Event winner at just 22. He is also now one of the highest earning players in the history of the game - 11th place on the all time money list.m

Daniel Negreanu - Team PokerStars Pro - He is a Canadian professional poker player with four World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour Championship titles.
Joe Hachem - Team PokerStars Pro - is a Lebanese-Australian poker player known for winning the main event of the 2005 World Series of Poker.
Vanessa Rousso - Team PokerStars Pro – She is a law student at the University of Miami and a professional poker player. She placed third in the 2007 World Championship of Online Poker Main Event winning $463,940.50; after the winner was later disqualified, Rousso was named runner-up and awarded with $700,782.50.
Isabelle “No Mercy” Mercier – Team PokerStars Pro, Ante Up For Africa 2009 Tournament Winner. In 2004, she won the World Poker Tour (WPT) Ladies' Night tournament. In 2005 she finished tenth in the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final in Monte Carlo.
Greg Raymer - Team PokerStars Pro is nicknamed "Fossilman" and is a professional poker player. He is best known for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker main event, and for the opaque holographic sunglasses that he sometimes wears during hands.
Tony G – is a businessman and amateur poker player. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $3,000,000. In January 2008, Tony received the Shining World Leadership Award in Melbourne Australia.
Victor Ramdin - Team PokerStars Pro is a professional poker player, based in The Bronx, New York, who has won a World Poker Tour Championship.
Dario Minieri – Team PokerStars Pro is an Italian professional poker player from Rome, Italy who won a bracelet at the 2008 World Series of Poker at the age of 23 and is a three time European Poker Tour final tablist.
Huck Seed – He won the main event of the 1996 World Series of Poker. He also won $500,000 in the 2009 NBC Heads-Up Poker Championship. He became the only player to cash in every NBC Heads-Up tournament. As of 2009, his total live tournament winnings exceed $4,600,000. He has four WSOP bracelets and 39 total cashes at the WSOP, accounting for $2,426,842 of his live tournament winnings.

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