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Annual Celebrity Poker Tournament raises over $365,000 for the Flames Foundation

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames Ambassadors and the Calgary Flames are proud to announce the 14th annual Flames Ambassadors' Celebrity Poker Tournament held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 raised over $365,000 for the Calgary Flames Foundation; bringing the total raised through the poker event to over $5 million in 14 years.

Calgary Flames players, coaches, alumni and local celebrities including Calgary Stampeders and PGA player Graham DeLaet competed against 350 other poker players at Cowboys Casino. Participants bought in to play against their hockey heroes and the chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes.  

Video: A look inside the Flames' annual poker tournament

Making it to the top three was Flames Ambassador Carey Bracko, who finished in third place. Second place went to Victor Choy and the first place prize and poker champion was Season Ticket Holder Hung Ngo. Ngo won a $10,000 Poker Championship ring from Maxime's, $5,000 cash, two Calgary Flames Top Shelf tickets and a 2019 Poker Championship belt buckle and jersey. Sportsnet 960 the FAN's Derek Will's finished in 5th place, making it to the final table for the second year in a row.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Calgary Flames Foundation. Once again, a fantastic event with special thanks to the sponsors, Cowboys Casino, Flames players and coaches as well as the other participating celebrities and volunteers that made this fundraising event possible.

About the Calgary Flames Foundation

The Calgary Flames Foundation strives to improve the lives of southern Albertans through the support of health and wellness, education, and amateur and grassroots sports initiatives. Since inception, the Calgary Flames Foundation has invested over $32 million back into Southern Alberta through various charities and projects. We fund ongoing commitments to our community including the recent $2.0 million donation to Calgary Minor Hockey to help fund programs like the Flames Even Strength, assistance for families who cannot afford registration fees, as well as the $1.0 million donation to the Rotary Flames House, a hospice for families who have children with life-limiting illnesses.

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