PokerStars hosted the NHL Alumni Charity Poker Tournament, featuring a $100,000 prize pool for charity. The tournament pitted current and former NHL players up against members of Team PokerStars, with the final heads up battle pitting Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel against Team PokerStars pro Vanessa Rousso.
Kessel was one of the big attractions from the NHL alongside former stars like , , , and . On the flip side, Rousso was recruited alongside Canadian Team PokerStars greats Daniel Negreanu and Jonathan Duhamel. In the end, Kessel outlasted both Canadian poker pros to compete for the largest share of the pot.
, an associate with the SickKids Foundation, was very grateful for the support from Kessel, the Leafs, and PokerStars.
“It is with the generosity of companies like PokerStars and people like that make worthwhile initiatives possible, and make a positive impact for kids at The Hospital for Sick Children.”
Alumni Charity Poker Tournament within the summer. The online poker site will begin qualifying tournaments for seasoned poker players and NHL stars in the spring.