The 2nd Annual Phil Hellmuth’s Hold’em with Agrace HospiceCare charity event took place on the 17th of December in 2011. Professional poker player Phil Hellmuth went back to Madison, Wisconsin for another successful charity event. All the money raised in this event will be donated to the Agrace HospiceCare, a community-based, non-profit hospital devoted to offering expert emotional, physical and spiritual assistance to patients fighting life threatening conditions.
The Phil Hellmuth’s Hold’em with Agrace HospiceCare event of 2011 became a great success as it raised around $ 110K. According to sources, the event will take place again in 2012 around the same time. The event was attended by many celebrities as well as poker pros such as the champion of 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Annette Obrestad, the fourth-place finisher in 1998 WSOP Dewey Weum, Eddie Blumenthal, Anthony “D1rtyR1v3r” Nardi, Mike “Wisco” Murray and Mark Kroon. Other celebrities included Carleen Wild, Leigh Mills and Charlie Shortino from NBC 15, UW Badgers and NFL player Derek Engler, golf pro Jerry Kelly. Mark Johnson, part of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team and the Badgers coach for the women’s hockey team, was also present at the event.
The charity tournament was an entertaining one with Laura Schultz winning the title. Schultz had to overcome some stiff competition from other players including the defending champion Kroon. Wisconsin businessman John Orr was the final table bubble boy in the 10th place, progressing towards players like “Madtown” Jerry, Nardi, Morgan Machina, Kroon and John Green. Nardi tried his best to defend the title, but finally he finished the tournament at the fourth place. Schultz claimed the title by conquering Green heads-up.
The next day a number of attendees were selected for some unofficial poker games with Kroon (winners: Mark Stevens, George Kingand and Gary Rice), Obrestad (winners: Wayne Harris, Scott Saunders and Dick Solis) and Hellmuth (winners: Paul Guyette, Mike Saunders and Josh Nelson).