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Flames annual poker tournament raises $350,000 for charity

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames Ambassadors and Calgary Flames are proud to announce the 10th annual Flames Ambassadors Celebrity Poker Tournament, held on Saturday, February 21st, raised $350,000 for the Flames Foundation for Life; bringing the total raised through the poker event to $3.5 million in 10 years.

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

The overall winner of the tournament was Mike Bradley who won a $10,000 Poker Championship ring from Jewels by Maxime’s, a one year lease of a 2015 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4 donated by Renfrew Chrysler, $5,000 cash, two Top Shelf Flames tickets and a 2015 Poker Championship belt buckle. Second place went to Dave Gelinas (Data Trek Ltd.) while third spot was claimed by Chris Sloof (Tridyne Projects Corporation). The last Calgary Flames player standing was Dennis Wideman, while Jiri Hudler donated funds to buy back into the final table.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Flames Foundation for Life. The Flames Foundation for Life is the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames which directs funds to support education, health and wellness and grassroots and amateur sport. This includes scholarships for students at Calgary’s post-secondary institutions, support of the Rotary Flames House, the Kids Cancer Care Foundation’s Camp Kindle and the Flames EvenStrength program which assists in minor hockey registration fees.

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.

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