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Annual Texas Hold 'Em tournament raises $250,000 for charity

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames Ambassadors’ and Calgary Flames are proud to announce the eighth annual Texas Hold ’Em Poker Tournament held on Monday, March 4th, 2013 raised $250,000 for the Flames Foundation for Life; bringing the total raised through the poker event to over $2.7 million over eight years.

All sponsors for this year’s event were shown appreciation for their support with half priced sponsor admissions. Calgary Flames players, coaches, alumni and local celebrities including Calgary Stampeders and Calgary Roughnecks players, competed against a sold out crowd of almost 400 other poker players. Participants bought-in to play against their hockey heroes and the chance to win more than $35,000 in prizes.

The overall winner of the tournament was Rob Zimmer, from title sponsor Stephens Fine Homes, who won a $10,000 Poker Championship ring from Jewels by Maxime’s, two tickets anywhere WestJet flies, two 2012-2013 Top Shelf Flames tickets and $5,000 cash. Second place went to Ernest Wyder and the third spot ranking was claimed by Cory Akins. The last Calgary Flame standing was Curtis Glencross.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Flames Foundation for Life. The Flames Foundation for Life is the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames through which millions of dollars in funding has already been directed to education, medical research, amateur sport and recreation. A portion of the proceeds raised were also directed through a charity of the Flames Ambassadors’ Poker co-chairs, David Lush and Steve Major. Past recipients include; Education Matters, Agape Hospice, Jamie’s Preschool, Fuel for School Nutrition, KidSport, Calgary Handibus and Impact Society.

Once again, a fantastic event with special thanks to the sponsors, the Deerfoot Inn and Casino, all Flames players and coaches as well as the other participating celebrities and volunteers that made it a great fundraising event in its eight year.

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