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He touched the lives of many during his 52 years of life that included careers as a Hollywood actor and professional poker player, so much so that Chad Brown received the first and thus far only honorary WSOP gold bracelet.

That bracelet was awarded to Brown last summer, just days before his passing on July 2, 2014 after a three-year battle with liposarcoma – a rare form of cancer. His life was honored and remembered with a charity poker tournament about 10 days after his death, and that event will take place again this year for a second time.

The 2nd Annual Chad Brown Memorial Poker Tournament is scheduled for July 2 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, exactly one year to the day since Brown’s death. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer & AIDS Research, which is dedicated toward finding cures for those diseases.

A Night to Remember

The event will be hosted by Maria Ho beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by the charity poker tournament one hour later. Players can buy into the memorial event for $240, with $100 re-buys and add-ons.

“Chad touched so many so deeply and this is a way to keep his memory alive,” Ho said. “I am thrilled to be helping an important cause that is dedicated to supporting sarcoma research. This annual event will always be a celebration of Chad’s life.”

Top finishers at the event will receive a bunch of prizes that include Main Event seats at this year’s WSOP and next year’s PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. Also donating seats and various prize packages are the Heartland Poker Tour, World Poker Tour and PPC Poker Tour. Poker coaching and training packages have been tossed into the prize pool as well by the Poker Academy and Zen Poker.

Nice Guys Finish First

Brown came so close to winning a WSOP title, but fell just short on a number of occasions. He finished runner-up twice and in third place once. That prompted WSOP director Jack Effel to say “we know it was just going to be a matter of time before we were handing you this” at last year’s ceremony in which Brown received the honorary gold bracelet.

Brown earned more than $3.5 million in live tournament cashes during his career. Well-known and liked by players and fans alike, many consider him to be the nicest guy they ever met at the tables.

Research Crucial to Finding Cures

“We are very proud of the association with the Chad Brown Memorial Poker Tournament and Planet Hollywood,” said T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly. “We are supporting cutting-edge sarcoma research and look forward to the day when we can conquer this devastating disease.”

A “Suck Out Sarcoma” campaign is underway at Planet Hollywood that encourages players to donate 1% of any winnings to the foundation. A worthy cause if ever there was one.

Find out more about this memorial poker tournament next month by clicking here.

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.