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Poker tourney raises another $500,000

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames Ambassadors’ and Calgary Flames Hockey Club are happy to announce the 6th Annual Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament held on Wednesday, February 23rd raised more than $500,000 for the Flames Foundation for Life; bringing the total raised through the poker event to over $2 million over six years.

Calgary Flames players, coaches, alumni and local celebrities including Stampeders players, Stephen Ames and Gord Bamford competed against 350 other poker players who bought-in to play against their hockey heroes and the chance to win more than $40,000 in prizes.

The overall winner of the tournament was Ray Coueslan who won a $10,000 Poker Championship ring from Jewels by Maxime’s, two tickets anywhere WestJet flies, four lower bowl concert tickets, two 2011-2012 Top Shelf Flames tickets and $5,000 cash. Second place went to Lance Hurtubise and the third spot ranking was claimed by Phil Sprung. All top three place winners donated portions of their winnings back to the Flames Foundation for Life.

Last Flames player standing was Brendan Morrison who was eventually knocked from the table with less than 40 competitors remaining. Late contenders also included; Jarome Iginla, Robyn Regehr and 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.

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 sixth year. 

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