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Power Balance Charity Poker Tournament

11 August 2010, By: Melissa Castello
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I'm not a normal poker scenester so you won't catch me at many of the charity events, unless there's a hefty open bar, I'm working, or both. However last week Power Balance, the new performance enhancing bracelet company, threw a charity tournament at Drais in the W Hotel Hollywood and I was asked to help with stats on the final table. The W Hotel is amazing and Drais is much different than the after hours club I'm used to in Vegas.

The table was set and quickly loads of celebs and poker pros filled the rooftop lounge. The biggest names I saw were Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odem, who I tried to get  a picture with but I was shooed away by a security guard. I did get to meet Sean Astin who you would know as Rudy or I know as Samwise Gamgee from Lord of the Rings. Im a super Lord of the Rings fan and I had to show him my Arwens Evenstar tattoo on my back, I'm not sure if he was really that impressed.

He said he was squatting down to hobbit size for me!

The regular crew of charity poker pros were there Tiffany Michelle, Trishelle Cannatella, and Maria Ho all played. Shannon Elizabeth, singer Macy Gray, and Joe Reitman all made the six-handed final table but not one of them came through.

Macy and Shannon at the final table, all smiles then busto!

After eight hands of play the drunkest man at the table was left standing and I had no idea who he was, I just know he annoyed the shit out of me demanding cocktails everytime I walked by. With each request I told him to watch his hole card mark and that I was not a cocktail waitress!  After researching more I found out his name is Shane Del Rosario and he is a MMA fighter.

Winner and X-games Stuntman

They expected about 300 people and managed to pull about 1,200. At one point we got trapped at the inside bar because the pool area was at capacity. We tried to tell security we were working the final table and HAD to get across the pool to the stage area, he refused to let us pass but I guess no credentials and double fisting cocktails doesn't seem convincing even though it was honest. Luckily we found a W employee who escorted us through some back hallways and back to where we needed to be. I even bumped into Chad Brown and his buddy stranded in the long line outside but now that I know the back halls of the W, I was able to sneak him in. Overall it was a great event and for a good cause benefiting ovarian cancer research. I'll have to find out how to get myself on more of these lists!

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