Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Raise $1.7M for Food Banks Through Online Celebrity Poker Tournament

Poker Cards Falling onto TableIn today’s bit of good news, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have raised $1.75 million through an online celebrity poker tournament they headed up. Thank you, fellas!

The All in For America’s Charity poker tournament had a $10,000 buy-in and featured a star-studded line up of players.

Some entrants included NFL star player Tom Brady, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, leading man Adam Sandler, actresses Sarah Silverman and Cheryl Hines, Maroon 5 front-man Adam Levine, actors Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Tobey Maguire, Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith and more.

The poker tournament raised the funds for Feeding America, which is a nonprofit that has been providing food to the needy throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Professional poker player and Twitch streamer Ebony Kenney came out on top against veteran actor Kevin Pollak in The All in For America’s charity event.

Brian Cranston made an impressive play, finishing in fifth place overall. Tobey Maguire was also a top player in the event.

The Texas Holdem tournament was hosted by professional poker commentators Justin Kelly and Michael Loncar on Twitch.

A Hollywood Helping Hand for Feeding America

Ben Affleck took to his Instagram earlier this week to announce the charity event, sharing his excitement over partnering with Feeding America on this noble cause during a time when people need hunger-relief the most.

Hollywood Stars Who Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

The virus hasn’t skipped over Hollywood’s brightest stars.

Notable names who have tested positive for COVID-19 include Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba. Other celebrities include Olga Kurylenko, Debi Mazar and Rachel Matthews; and actors Kristofer Hivju and Daniel Dae Kim.

How COVID-19 Has Impacted Hollywood

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted normal life on so many different levels, and the entertainment landscape is no exception.

From the postponement of many major theatrical releases, like Ben Affleck’s ‘Hypnotic’ that has production paused, to film festivals, TV conferences, live shows and more, COVID-19 has put Hollywood on a major standstill.

Luckily, many celebrities, especially musicians and famous DJ’s, have been going ‘live’ on Instagram to perform for their fans during this time of self-quarantine at home.

Celebrities’ Philanthropic Efforts throughout the Coronavirus Crisis

Since April 14, a slew of celebrities have participated in the All in Challenge, a digital fundraiser that was started by Fanatics, a sports retail company.

100 percent of the proceeds raised by the fundraiser are mainly being donated to America’s Food Fund, a hunger relief organization cofounded by Leonardo DiCaprio, with support also given to Meals on Wheels and No Kid Hungry.

The All In Challenge can take one of two approaches. One, celebrities can either urge their fans to donate money in exchange for a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to meet the star. Two, fans can donate in an auction-exchange for the famous figures’ prized possessions.

So far, the fundraised has raised an incredible $11,023,750. To bid on auction items and experiences, check out their official fundraising page.

About Feeding America

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The organization works with individuals, charities, businesses and government to help end hunger in the places and areas of most need.

For over 40 years, Feeding America has responded to the needs of individuals struggling with food insecurity in America, and fight daily to accomplish their mission of ending the fight against hunger nationwide.

About America’s Food Fund

Founded by Leonardo DiCaprio, Emerson Collective, Apple, and the Ford Foundation, America’s Food Fund was launched with the goal of helping people all across the country have reliable access to food.

A Major Poker Cheating Scandal Has Just Been Revealed

Las Vegas is home to a huge number of professional poker players. This week, one of these players announced that she’s been cheated out of thousands of dollars at a venue in California. Today, we’re going to discuss the poker cheating scandal in detail.Poker Hand

It’s troubling news for poker fans. No one wants to hear that professionals are finding new ways to work the system. Here is what we know about this situation.

Las Vegas Casinos Remain Closed

Las Vegas is the gambling hub of the United States. As everyone knows, huge number of massive casino-resorts are located here. Many of the biggest casino companies in the country are also based in this city, some of which have major properties around the world.

For the past few years, revenue in Las Vegas has been surging. Tourism has increased here and several huge new casinos are being constructed in the city. Unfortunately, things have taken a massive turn.

Since January, a new coronavirus called Covid-19 has begun spreading throughout the United States. Hundreds of cases have been recorded in Nevada and new infections are being reported every single day. This has led to the Governor forcing all casinos in the state to close their doors to the public.

This is devastating to the Las Vegas economy. Almost no visitors are coming here and a huge number of individuals are now out of work. Not even the top officials in the state can accurately say when things will return to normal.

The closing of these casinos is costing many companies here millions of dollars every single day. Many professional gamblers based in the city are now forced to play in other states. This week, one of these players revealed she was cheated out of a major jackpot.

Las Vegas Player Reveals a New Poker Cheating Scandal

As we just mentioned, there are many professional poker players that call Las Vegas home. It’s not surprising, considering there are massive tournaments being held here every single week. Due to the casino closures, some players are being forced to hone their craft in other parts of the country.

This is exactly what Marle Cordeiro is doing. Recently, the Las Vegas resident took part in a major game inside of a California casino called the Stones Gambling Hall in Citrus Heights. She’s now suing fellow player Mike Postle, who she claims cheated her out of thousands of dollars. Cordeiro’s lawyer is now asking for the money she lost in the game, along with $250,000 in further damages.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Postle had access to a phone during the game. He would use the device to see the hole cards of other players, in real-time. The lawsuit alleges that Postle was “aided by one or more confederates … who furnished him with this information, for purposes of carrying out a fraud, through one or more concealed communicative mechanisms.”

Several other lawsuits have been made against Postle over the years. Many players claimed to have lost in unusual circumstances against him. This is perhaps the biggest poker cheating scandal in recent memory.

The casino responded by saying, “Stones had no stake in who won money or lost money in the poker games. All Stones did was to provide a venue for the poker game. Plaintiffs decided whether they wanted to play, for how long, how much to bet, and in which hands to participate.”

It’s a very unusual development for the poker world. We’ll need to see how the lawsuit proceeds over the next few months.

When Will Las Vegas Open its Casinos Again?

This is the question that many residents and city officials are now asking. At the moment, both the federal government and state leaders are requesting that people stay in their homes to avoid spreading the virus. It seems to be helping things, yet thousands of new infections are still being reported every single day.

The mayor of Las Vegas is trying to argue that the city cannot survive long in the current conditions. It’s an extremely difficult time for many companies and individuals here. Lawmakers seem to understand this yet are unable to make any changes.

The truth is that no one knows when the Las Vegas casinos will open to the public once again. Several major construction projects are currently underway, despite the current conditions.

That includes construction on the multi-billion-dollar Resorts World Las Vegas. This week, another construction employee at Resorts World tested positive for Covid-19. Some now fear that many projects in the city will be forced to shut down.

In reality, the city will not truly return to normal until the virus is successfully eliminated. Even if the casinos open, very few visitors are likely to gamble inside casinos while new infections are being reported. It’s one of the most difficult situations Las Vegas has ever experienced.

Make sure to stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few weeks!