A bluff that got called by a dragon
Don Cheadle playing poker 2-5 No Limit at Caesars
Sitting in the Caesars Palace poker room playing 2-5 no limit Texas Holdem, the table seemed to be dry for about the first 2 hours. I was getting no cards and found myself falling asleep every so often. Until a Cannon sat down in seat number 10, and lightened up the table. It was the infamous Don Cheadle; if you have never heard of him he has starred in such movies as Oceans 11 and Oceans 12. Don was great to play with, really down to earth and joking every chance he had. I was chirping him a bit, calling him a bully for raising my blinds. He would say I got Aces then flip them over when everyone would fold. The money didn’t matter to him, when your making millions per movie what’s a $700 buy-in. Ship it!
Don was in town hosting the Ante Up for Africa tournament with Annie Duke held at the Rio, it was a $5000 buy-in that raises money for the Not On Our Watch (NOOW) project, the group founded by Cheadle, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Brad Pitt that focus’ attention on stopping atrocities committed worldwide.
A lot of big names celebrities showed up for the event; Jason Kidd, Charles Barkley, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Adam Sandler, Ray Romano, Scott Ian, Kevin Pollack, Jason Alexander, Cheryl Hines, George Lopez, Joe Trohman, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Laak, Erik Seidel, Phil Gordon, Rafe Furst, Barry Greenstein and others.
The winner of the tourney was Johnny “World” Hennigan he won $136,860 and donated all of his winnings back to the charity.�