NFL players banned from Charity Poker
More than 30 NFL players signed themselves up to play in the ‘Raise Your Hand For Africa’ charity poker tournament, only to be told by the commissioner’s office that they were banned from taking part. The tournament, hosted by Phil Hellmuth, aimed to raise money for the Starkey Hearing Foundation, but strict regulations about players gambling prevented them from entering last weekend’s tournament at the Las Vegas Golden Nugget Casino.
The players were told that the league would not make an exception on their anti-gambling laws, despite the game being solely for the sake of charity. Some of NFL’s finest players such as Larry Fitzgerald and Adrian Peterson for example would have joined other famous faces in the star-studded charity event.
The tournament had a $2,000 buy-in, which also included access to a VIP reception and an after-party. The main event is set to be broadcast at some point during the coverage from the current Heartland Poker Tour.