Ben Affleck and Matt Damon play poker and raise $1.75 million for COVID-19 relief
All In For America’s Charity is a stay-at-home poker tournament that celebrities joined to raise funds for Feeding America, the largest hunger-relief organization of the United States that provides food for over 40 million people every year. The first game raised $ 1.2 million and celebrities such as Ben Affleck, NFL player Tom Brady, Uncut Gems star Adam Sandler, Ozark lead actor Jason Bateman, actor Tobey Maguire, singer Adam Levine, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, Sarah Silverman, Jon Hamm, You’re your Enthusiasm star Cheryl Hines, Matt Damon, professional poker players Doyle Brunson, Ebony Kenney, and many other professional poker players took part in it. People were able to observe the game, engage in the conversation with the players, and donate to the cause. The tournament had a buy-in of $10.000. The game was hosted by two professional poker commentators, Justin Kelly and Michael Loncar, and was live-streamed via Twitch. Ben Affleck announced the game on Instagram and said that the work of Feeding America is crucial and more important right now than it has ever been. Ben Affleck’s Poker tournament was streamed from a very private casino venue. Popular actor’s tournament was very private as he played with close friends and celebrities – unlike this tournament, few digital casino brands created a synergy to help the charity. Digital casino brands created exclusive gaming offers for players to send more money to the charity. International gamers could play live roulette online along with slot and blackjack offers and part of the transactions were going to charity. Along with Ben Affleck’s poker tournament, digital casinos’ decision made a few more millions for American charity.
Ben Affleck is a true hustler when it comes to poker
Card Player columnist Houston Curtis wrote about Ben Affleck and his experience of playing poker with the actor. He writes that among all the celebrities he had to play with, Ben Affleck was the most pleasant, kind, and down-to-earth A-list actor to spend the time with at the poker table. Houston Curtis saw what it was like for Ben to fight against the professional poker player for the first time. It happened in Hollywood Park in the 90s and once Affleck appeared the blinds went from $5 to $10 or $20, pretty high for a regular night, with no major tournament happening. Huck Seed, Gabe Thaler, and Antonio Esfandiari joined the game. The game felt like a gathering of old friends simply playing poker to relax and Ben was not in a hurry to leave. At the time, Gabe Thaler was known as a top cash game no-limit player. At some point Affleck and Thaler were playing against each other so Ben asked Gabe “How bout we just make this one hand no-limit?” It was not allowed to change pot-limit to no-limit in a licensed casino but before anyone could interfere Gabe asked Affleck it was a legitimate offer. “Absolutely,” said Affleck and Gabe Thaler took every penny Ben had on him. It must have been a lesson that he remembers to this day for Ben.