Ben Affleck Wins U.S. Poker Tournament

29 August 2008

Although the Poker Players Alliance didn’t succeed in ridding the anti-online-gambling language from the Republican platform, it did in bringing big names to its poker tournament during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, actor-director Ben Affleck beat out a hundred others in the tourney, including two professional poker players, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Along with Mr. Affleck, Seth Myers, Sarah Silverman, Richard Dreyfuss and Montel Williams were among the attendees, which the new Washington lobby hoped would draw attention to the online poker debate. The event raised more than $60,000 for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The alliance will also hold a tournament on Sept. 3 during the upcoming Republican National Convention in Saint Paul.