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AmfAR No Limit Texas Hold-Em Tournament
in association with PokerStars.net

January 13 – 14, 2011

PokerStars made a $50,000 contribution to amfAR on behalf of the celebrity charity poker tournament.


The PCA is the event that all serious poker players never miss, including hundreds of PokerStars qualifiers and Team PokerStars Pro. It’s part of the European Poker Tour, Latin America Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour, and is the biggest live poker tournament outside of the United States, with one of the richest prize pools anywhere in the world.


January 13, 2011
amfAR & PokerStars Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament

January 14, 2011
amfAR Cocktail Party & PokerStars Red Carpet and Party

Proceeds from the celebrity charity tournament will benefit amfAR - dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and the advocacy of sound AIDS-related public policy. Last year’s charity event at the European Poker Tour in Monaco was a huge success, covered by national & international press and broadcast media.

Founded in 1985, amfAR is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased our understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested nearly $290 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.


Celebrities Scheduled to Appear: Page Updated:

Chad Billingsley – He is currently the starting pitcher in his fourth season for the LOS ANGELES DODGERS. He was selected to the 2009 National League All-Star Team
Fatima Moreira de Melo – She is a former Dutch field hockey player playing the striker position. She was part of the Dutch squad that became World Champion at the 2006 Women's Hockey World Cup and which won the 2007 Champions Trophy. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won an Olympic gold medal with the Dutch national team beating China in the final 2-0.

Jayde Nicole – She is the 2008 Playboy's Playmate of the Year after being named the January 2007 Playboy Playmate of the Month. She is the first Canadian Playmate of the Year in 26 years.

John “Spider” Salley – He has been starring on the new NBC hit realty television series I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE.  He is a 15-year NBA veteran, and was the first NBA player to win four championships with three different teams that included the Detroit Pistons, the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.  For seven years he was the co-host of the Emmy Award-nominated, critically acclaimed "The Best Damn Sports Show Period".
Kenneth Cole – He is a world-wide recognized clothing designer and retailer designing men & women’s clothing, footwear, and accessories. He is also a spokesperson for amfAR.

Kevin Dillon – He is currently starring as "Johnny 'Drama' Chase" for six seasons on the hit HBO television series ENTOURAGE. He co-starred in the television series THAT'S LIFE and the feature films POSEIDON and HOTEL FOR DOGS.

Orel Hershiser – He was a major league pitcher for eleven years with the Los Angeles Dodgers and winning the 1988 World Series, World Series Most Valuable Player, Gold Glove Award, 3X All-Star selection, National League Cy Young Award, and Babe Ruth Award.

'Poli' Rincón Povedano – He is a former Spanish footballer playing as a striker on the Spain team for 3 years and Betis for 8 years.

Ricki Lake – She is currently starring in her third season on VH1's television series CHARM SCHOOL WITH RICKI LAKE. For six years she hosted her own talk show THE RICKI LAKE SHOW where she was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. She also starred in the original film HAIRSPRAY.

Sergio García Fernández – He is a Spanish professional golfer who has won 7 PGA tournaments and 8 European Tour wins. He has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings (over 300 weeks between 2000 and 2009. He reached a career high ranking of two after winning the HSBC Champions tournament in November 2008. He's also won the Vardon Trophy and the Byron Nelson Award.

Verne Troyer – He is highly recognized for his role as "Mini-Me," Dr. Evil's smaller and more concentrated pure evil protégé, in the hit comedy feature films AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME and AUSTIN POWERS IN GOLDMEMBER. He also co-starred in the movies THE LOVE GURU and HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCER'S STONE.

Team PokerStars Pros in attendance:

Barry Greenstein – A PokerStars Pro who won the 2004 World Poker Tour World Poker Open with earnings over $1.2 million. He’s won bracelets at the 2004, 2005, and 2008 World Series of Poker events. He’s also written a strategy book entitled “Ace on the River”.

Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier – A Team PokerStars Pro who has won 1st place titles in the 2007 European Poker Tour, 2008 World Poker Tour, and 2009 World Championship of Online Poker. With total earnings around the $8 million mark, he’s even set the Guinness World Record for most Single Table Sit & Goes played in one hour for a total of 62.

Chad Brown – For three seasons he was the host of the ULTIMATE POKER CHALLENGE. He's had thirty WSOP cashes, eight WPT and four PokerStars cashes with career winnings over $3 million dollars.

Chris Moneymaker – A Team PokerStars Pro who won the main event at the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP) winning $2.5 million and said to have revolutionized poker because he was the first person to become a world champion by qualifying at an online poker site.
Daniel Negreanu - He is a Team PokerStars Pro who has achieved possibly the greatest live tournament results record ever seen and became the highest money earner of all-time with over $12,000,000. He has won four World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour Championship titles.
Greg Raymer – A Team PokerStars Pro who earned himself a $5 million first prize for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event. He is nicknamed "Fossilman" and is best known for the opaque holographic sunglasses that he sometimes wears during tournaments.
Humberto "The Shark" Brenes - Famous for his shark card protector, table antics, he is the "Godfather of Costa Rican poker". He reigns as one of the highest earning players in history with over $5.3 million in winnings. He won two WSOP Gold Bracelets, won over forty WSOP cashes and is in the top ten list of players with the most World Series cash finishes.
Jason Mercier – He is a member of the elite PokerStars Pro Team. In 2008 h won the European Poker Tour and in 2009 won his first WSOP bracelet and was named Bluff Player of the Year. He's won 8 1st Place cash finishes with total poker earnings above $4.7 million dollars.
Joe Cada – In 2009 he won a 2nd Chance tournament at the 2009 PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) and in November became the current 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion with earnings at $8.5 million and becoming at the age of 21 the youngest champion ever.
Joe Hachem – A Team PokerStars Pro known for winning the main event of the 2005 World Series of Poker. He was the first Australian to win the main event, which earned him $7.5 million. In 2006 he won his first World Poker Tour title earning him $2.2 million. He is one of only five poker players to win both a World Series of Poker main event and a World Poker Tour championship and considered the fifth highest ranked player in live tournament career earnings.
Vanessa Rousso – A Team PokerStars Pro and spokesperson for GoDaddy.com. In 2007 she placed second in the main event of the World Championship of Online Poker and ranks among the top five women in poker history in terms of all-time money winnings. She has placed in the money a cumulative total of eleven times in the 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009 World Series of Poker.

Press from the Event:

PCA 2011 - Cardplayer
PCA 2011 - Cardplayer
PCA 2011 - PokerListings
PCA 2011 - PokerListings
PCA 2011 - Poker Jolt
PCA 2011 - Poker Jolt
PCA 2011 - IMDB
PCA 2011 - IMDB
PCA 2011 - Halogen
PCA 2011 - Halogen
2011 PCA MLBlogs Network
2011 PCA MLBlogs Network
2011 New York Post
2011 New York Post




Ricki Lake talks about her time at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2011"


PokerStars Caribbean Adventure 2011 – PokerStars Party

Kevin Dillon, Vicky & Michael Mirisch at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event in The Bahamas - 2011.



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