Live tournaments may be slowly making their way back into the mainstream, but a group of actors and comedians got together Sunday on the virtual felt to raise money for charity.
Hank Azaria, who is most well-known for his voice work on The Simpsons, was the host of the game and was joined by Don Cheadle, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Michael Ian Black and Josh Charles in what was dubbed “Hank’s Home Game.”
Azaria, Cheadle and Black have been regular poker players for quite some time and made several appearances in high-profile charity events throughout the last several years. According to Azaria, Cera just started playing the game a few years ago, but has become a strong player pretty quickly.
The tournament was played on PokerStars and streamed on the company’s YouTube channel.
Unlike a typical poker tournament, nobody would be knocked out of this event. Instead, there were unlimited rebuys and players would be ranked based on their profit/loss of the tournament chips. Each player started with 10,000 chips, so if a player was knocked out, rebought, and finished with 40,000 chips, that would be a net profit of 20,000 chips and would finish above someone who didn’t rebuy and only doubled up once.
Instead of increasing the blinds, the blinds stayed at 50-100 for the entirety of the tournament, which had a two-hour time limit. At the end of two hours, the profits were tallied and payouts were distributed.
All six spots would earn money for their charity of choice. The winner netted $20,000 for their charity of choice with subsequent finishers earning $12,000, $8,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 for charities.
Michael Cera, who played ‘Played X’ in Molly’s Game, won the tournament with and sent $20,000 to the First Responders First charity.
You can watch the entire tournament in the video below: