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Flames poker night raises $400,000

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames Ambassadors’ and Calgary Flames Hockey Club are happy to announce the 4th Annual Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament held Wednesday, February 25th, raised more than $400,000 for the Flames Foundation for Life. 

Calgary Flames players, coaches and alumni competed against 350 other poker players who bought-in at $650 a-piece to play against their hockey heroes and the chance to win more than $40,000 in prizes.

The overall winner of the tournament was Scott Laird who took home a cash prize of $5,000, a trip to Las Vegas, Flames playoff tickets and a $10,000 watch.

The 2nd place prize of $3,500 and a trip to Mexico went to Steve Vesualla. Kelly Kast earned 3rd place honors and $2,000 while Flames rookie Brandon Prust finished in 4th place and generously donated his winnings of $1,750 back to the Flames Foundation for Life.

Rounding out the Top 5 was Dan McNamara who earned $1,500 for his efforts.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Flames Foundation for Life. The Flames Foundation for Life is the charitable arm of the Calgary Flames through which more than 32 million dollars in funding has already been directed to education, medical research, amateur sport and recreation.

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 several celebrities and volunteers that made it a great fundraising event in its fourth year. 
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