A poker tournament for charity recently organized by the Kardashian clan saw a star-studded turnout raise money for a worthy cause. On hand to emcee the event was poker’s own brat, Phil Hellmuth, who took advantage of the opportunity to rub elbows with several members of the reality TV celebrity family. The event was a huge success, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the City of Hope, a non-profit center in California that specializes in research and treatment of cancer.
The “If Only” tournament was hosted by music manager Irving Azoff—the man behind such talent as the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Bon Jovi, Jimmy Buffett and Van Halen—and his wife, Shelli Azoff. On hand were Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, as well as Khloé and Kim Kardashian. Each of them hosted their own poker tables, with some players paying as much as $7,500 for a chance to sit at the same table as Kim.
Winners were not awarded money for taking down their tables. Instead, valuable prizes were offered, including a first-place prize package that included front row tickets and a meet and greet with the Eagles, a second-place package with front row tickets to a Fleetwood Mac concert and a meet and greet with Stevie Knicks. A Lorraine Schwartz “Diamond Against Evil Eve” bracelet worth $17,000 was also thrown into the mix.
Some of the participants in the tournament included names like Cameron Crowe, David Arquette, Meghan Trainor, Kevin Pollack, Chris Harrison and Brando Cantu. Phil Hellmuth provided colorful commentary throughout the tournament, allowing his poker expertise to guide the tables.
When he wasn’t talking about the action, Hellmuth stole a few opportunities to get close and personal with the Kardashians. He shared a picture of his interaction with Khloé, and a video later surfaced on Twitter of a chat he held with the reality star. That video carried a fitting caption—“One of the worlds [sic] biggest divas…and Khloe Kardashian.”
Matthew Roszak, co-founder of blockchain company Bloq, was also on hand at the tournament. He was seen in a Twitter post giving Kim Kardashian what was reportedly her first “Bitcoin.” He captioned the picture of the presentation, tweeting, “Big fun at the First Annual @cityofhope Charity Poker Tournament — also gave @KimKardashian her very first #bitcoin — KardashianCoin, YeezyCoin? — check out #tokenizationofthings: https://youtu.be/Rto-earGcxg.”
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