Poker amateur beats Pros and Celebs

Adam Weinraub, a 42 year old amateur poker player from Orange County, beat the likes of Paris Hilton, Vince Vaughn and Don Cheadle to the tile after securing his chair in an auction for breast cancer research.

The win is also proof that the nice guy doesn’t always finish last. Weinraub has pledged to donate $20,000 of his $100,000 winnings to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"The WPT was generous enough to donate a seat into this event at a charity auction for the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research, and I thought, ‘wow, what a great way to play poker while supporting the cause,” said Weinraub.

Furthermore, he has generously pledged to donate 20 per cent of any winnings he takes home from April’s World Poker Tour World Championship, a sit in which he gained from his win.

At the final table, Weinraub was joined by poker pro’s Tim West and “Miami” John Cernuto, Commerce Casino Employee Relations staff manager David Mosikian and Hollywood director Nick Cassavetes and Glen Morshower, actor from the worldwide hit series, 24.

"The WPT Invitational is the only sporting event where the biggest names in Hollywood can compete with the best in poker--on an even footing," said Steve Lipscomb, founder, president, and CEO of WPT Enterprises.

"Since the first Invitational, we've resisted the urge to level the playing field. This year's event is yet another testament to the fact that celebrities and amateurs who love this game are improving to the point that they can compete against the pros at the top levels of the sport. Having two celebrities at the final table and Weinraub's amazing win were the perfect cap to the fifth anniversary of this event."

Editor, - 2007-03-07 11:51:51

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