Charity Poker Tournament, March Madness Specials At Live! Philadelphia

Written By Matthew Lomon on March 22, 2024
Two poker cards and a stack of poker chips. A facing poker chip has the logo for Philabundance on it. A charity poker tournament in support of Philabundance is being held at Live! Philadelphia.

Playing in poker tournaments is fun, but so is supporting a local non-profit. Luckily, poker enthusiasts in the Philadelphia area have a chance to do both this weekend.

Starting Sunday, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia will bring back its week-long series of poker tournament to benefit Philabundance — the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley.

Running through March 31, players can test their luck while also supporting their South Philly neighbors. Philabundance serves more than 90,000 people weekly.

Over the years, Live! Philadelphia has developed quite a reputation for looking after its community members. Charitable events like the week-long poker tournament have allowed the Pennsylvania casino to firmly establish itself as a philanthropic leader in the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Business Journal recently recognized the entertainment venue at 900 Packer Avenue as one of the 2024 Partners in Philanthropy for its work within the community. It also received a spot on last year’s list for its ongoing partnership with Philabundance.

“We’re honored to support our neighbor, Philabundance, by hosting this exciting and unique series for a second year,” said Anne Tran, Director of Poker Operations, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia in a release.

“Community is the core of everything we do at Live! Philadelphia and since guests loved last year’s tournament, we knew it was something we’d want to do again.”

Make a donation, earn an additional $10,000 in tournament chips

Players who donate either $10 or 10 canned food items, on top of the tournament buy-in, will receive an additional $10,000 in chips. With 11 different No Limit Hold ‘Em tournaments to choose from, the extra tokens could come in handy. Plus, it’s a small ask for a good cause.

According to Live! Philadelphia, the slate of events will range in buy-in from $120 to $300. In that case, guarantees will also vary from $3,000 on the low end to a maximum of $15,000.

Below is the complete list of options available during the seven-day series, each of which will be accepting donations towards Philabundance:

  • (1) $120 Buy-in FatStacks NLH Tournament with $25 Bounty featuring a $3,000 guarantee
  • (1) $120 Buy-in FatStacks NLH Tournament with $25 Bounty featuring a $4,000 guarantee
  • (1) $140 Buy-in QuadStacks NLH with $25 Bounty featuring a $3,000 guarantee
  • (1) $140 Buy-in QuadStacks NLH with $25 Bounty featuring a $6,000 guarantee
  • (1) $160 Buy-in Double GreenChip Bounty NLH featuring a $5,000 guarantee
  • (1) $160 Buy-in Double GreenChip Bounty NLH featuring a $6,000 guarantee
  • (1) $160 Buy-in Double GreenChip Bounty NLH featuring a $8,000 guarantee
  • (1) $200 Buy-in with $50 Bounty NLH featuring a $8,000 guarantee
  • (1) $250 Buy-in BlackChip Bounty NLH featuring a $6,000 guarantee
  • (1) $250 Buy-in Mystery Bounty NLH featuring a $10,000 guarantee
  • (1) $300 Buy-in Thirty/Thirty NLH featuring a $15,000 guarantee

Live! Philadelphia also running March Madness specials

Usual Pennsylvania powerhouse Villanova didn’t qualify for this year’s NCAA tournament, but Pittsburgh’s Duquesne did. And, the No. 11 seed is already onto the Round of 32 after defeating BYU 71-67 in a shocker.

A Dukes alumnus or not, Live! Philadelphia is also celebrating the “madness” of college basketball all month long. In particular, guests can enjoy specials on food and drinks, including $4 Michelob, Bud Light, and Budweiser drafts, win custom-painted basketballs from talented local artists through various draws and contests, participate in the Sports & Social $1 million Bracket Challenge.

Guests who place a parlay bet of $100 or more on the tournament on-site through the FanDuel Sportsbook between March 19, and April 6 will be entered into a sweepstakes for an exclusive Rolex.

Presently, bettors in Pennsylvania cannot wager on NCAA player props. However, they are allowed to place bets on all college teams, including hometown programs like Duquesne.

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Matthew Lomon has been a contributor at Catena Media’s network of regional sites since July 2022. He first broke into covering the legal North American gambling industry with PlayCanada. Since then, Matthew's reporting has extended to PlayMichigan, PlayPennsylvania, and PlayIllinois. Based out of Toronto, Ontario, Matthew is an avid (bordering on fanatic) sports fan.

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