LG... Life's Good
What a great night I had on Sunday at Crown Casino in Melbourne for the EJ Whitten Charity Poker Tournament! It was such an impressive turnout with over 300 players doing their bit to support research for prostate cancer, including some of Australia's biggest sports stars and television personalities. With the tournament being a bit of light hearted fun for charity, I really didn't focus too hard to begin with. In fact I probably only spent about 30% of each level at my seat as I was working most of the time producing this video:
I had been grinding a short stack for some time, until a guy wearing a Full Tilt Poker hat sat down. Billy The Croc was at my table and we started having a laugh about whether he knew what exactly that hat represented right now. Billy asked the guy about his hat and he said "oh yeah I think they're gonna close down soon". That certainly gave the table a few giggles. Mr Full Tilt ended up spewing all of his chips my way, along with a few other guys when I tripled up twice and then polished off my explosion with two aces in the hole. Before I knew it I was a chip leader with only a third of the field left, so I swapped my glass of champagne for a coffee (yes, totally incorrect for me to do after just writing this Stay Stacked article, but sometimes unexpected, desperate times lead to desperate measures!) and switched my game on properly. I had my eyes on that $15k Aussie Millions Main Event package they were giving away for first place.
During the last break of the night I met a guy named Tj. An amazing man who's doing all he can to support his friend Clint who has Cerebral Palsy. After battling years of operations and struggles with finding his direction in life, Clint discovered poker back in 2005, and it's now his passion. Clint's friends are trying all they can to raise funds to send Clint to Las Vegas for the All-in for Cerebral Palsy poker tournament at the Venetian this December. You can read more about Clint's story and make donations to help Clint follow his dream of visiting Sin City here: http://www.clintsallinforcp.com. Tj's efforts to help his friend is really admirable, good on ya mate! After the break I was then at Clint's table, but unfortunately he bust soon after in 65th place. It would have been awesome to see him make it to the final table, but still a great achievement, congrats Clint!
In the end I took 7th place. I was so wrapped just to have made it to the final table, which I shared with David Steike and Graeme Putt and even a couple of friends Jessica Hachem and Luke Tunnecliff. For seventh place I won myself a seat into the $1k Aussie Millions Opening Event! I was very happy with that to say the least, when playing a charity tournament you certainly don't expect to walk away with something like that! Now I'm so excited to play my very first Aussie Millions event! Bring on January
This Sunday I'm spending my afternoon in Melbourne’s Crown Poker Room, which will once again host the E.J. Whitten Charity Poker Tournament. Funds raised will be donated to the E.J. Whitten Foundation, named in honour of the Australian Football Hall of Fame legend, AFL Team of the Century captain, and 1954 premiership player, Ted “Mr Football” Whitten.
The foundation ambassador and back-to-back ANZPT Player of the Year, Tony Hachem will host the event with an estimated $50,000 in prizes offered, including a $15,000 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Main Event package for the winner. Not only is this your chance to satellite into the Southern Hemisphere's poker event of the year while supporting a great cause, but you may also be sharing a table with some of Australia’s best-known sports-stars and television personalities.
- Tournament Start: 4.30pm
- Date: Sunday, 25 September 2011
- Venue: Crown Poker Room, Level B2, Crown Entertainment Complex
- Buy-in: $300
- Re-buy’s: $100 for the first 3 levels
You can register for the event now through the Crown Poker website to ensure you secure your limited seat in this event, supporting a great cause.
If you were told to ask one person that today, do you have someone that pops up in your mind instantly? Is it a friend at work, a family member, or even yourself? Are YOU ok?
More than 2,100 Australians suicide each year and men are around four times more likely to die by suicide than females. For each person that dies in this way, another 30 attempt it. Most people don't openly share their feelings, particularly when they're struggling so don't wait for a sign and trust your instincts. A conversation could change a life.
R U OK? is an organisation trying to provide a focus on suicide prevention by empowering people to have open and honest conversations and stay connected with people in their lives. R U OK? DAY is this Thursday. I will be in Bourke Street Mall at 12.30pm to spread the word with hopefully over 100 other people dressed in yellow If you are in Melbourne then please join us! You can find more details on the Facebook event page. And if you're not in Australia, that doesn't mean you can't spread the love internationally around your office, school or circle of friends and family. If you want to help even further, there will be giveaways on Thursday and we're looking for donations of any kind. If you or your business has anything that you'd be willing to donate to a great cause then please leave a message below!
Perhaps there's no one around you that you consider to be in any state of depression, but connection with others is good for us all, whether we are happy or sad. So the best thing we can all do is regularly ask those that we care about: "Are you OK?".