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Poker tournament raises $300,000

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames Ambassadors’ and Calgary Flames Hockey Club are happy to announce the 5th Annual Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament held Saturday, January 23rd raised more than $300,000 for the Flames Foundation for Life; bringing the total raised to over $1.4 million over five years.

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 Ken Carter who took home a cash prize of $5,000, 4 tickets any where West Jet flies, Flames playoff tickets, 2 Top Shelf Experience tickets and a $7,500 ring.

The 2nd place prize of $3,500, 2 tickets anywhere West Jet flies and 2 Top Shelf Experience tickets went to Doug Bean. Howie Crone earned 3rd place while Tyler Reardon finished in 4th place. Rounding out the Top 5 was Dave Lush.

The last Flames player standing was team captain Jarome Iginla who was eventually knocked from the table with 40 competitors remaining.
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 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 fifth year. 
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