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Stars play for Darfur in Ante Up for Africa

Tbdmattdamon070408 The big names came out in droves for Wednesday night's Ante Up for Africa charity poker tournament, which was started last year by Don Cheadle and pro player Annie Duke to benefit Darfur.  Montel Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jason Alexander, George Lopez, Adam Sandler and Ray Romano were among almost 90 players paying the $5,000 entry fee for in the no-limit tournament, the AP reports.

Also present was former NBA great Charles Barkley, who took part despite swearing off gambling after the Wynn hotel and casino demanded repayment on loans in May. 

"I can't gamble, so I gotta drink," Barkley joked with Phil Hellmuth after the 11-time bracelet winner invited Barkley for a cocktail after the tournament. "Can you imagine how bad life would be if you couldn't gamble or drink?"

The tournament benefited two charities — ENOUGH, a project co-founded in 2007 by the International Crisis Group and the Center for American Progress and Not On Our Watch, a group co-founded by Cheadle, Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Although we don't yet know what this year's total donation is, last year the event raised more than $500,000 for the charities. And with a $5,000 buy-in, how far off that could they be?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:51am]

    

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