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A charity poker tournament to benefit the Urban Justice Center (UJC) in New York City is being organized by Vanessa Selbst, who sits on the UJC board of directors and has made it a priority to donate her time toward fighting social injustice.

The tournament, entitled Blinds & Justice, will be held at Chelsea Piers in New York City on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. Cocktails will be served an hour prior and those who pay the $1,000 buy-in may find themselves mingling with the likes of Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Hollywood celeb Hank Azaria during the cocktail hour. Additional poker pros and TV and movie stars are expected to attend.

A number of prizes will be awarded to those who excel in the event, including a package to the 2016 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas in January. That grand prize features an entry into the $5,300 PCA Main Event and accommodations for nine nights at the Atlantic Resort. The 2016 PCA will be the largest ever, consisting of 104 events from January 6-14.

About the UJC

Competent legal representation is often hard to come by for those who don’t have the means to hire an attorney. The vast majority of our nation’s prison inmates come from urban communities that are populated by the poor and indigent.

The primary goal of the UJC is twofold, “to make legal services easily accessible to people living on the streets and in poverty, and to make social advocacy and law reform efforts directly responsive to the daily struggles of those individuals.” Last year, the organization was able to close 11,024 cases involving 19,799 citizens, and in so doing managed to save New York City more than $29 million.

While the UJC is best known for providing legal services to those in need for the past 30 years, the organization’s efforts do not stop there. Other areas covered include government assistance and access to housing.

About Vanessa

Selbst is the all-time winningest female poker player ever with earnings over $11.6 million. She also sits atop the money list among New Yorkers. Her resume includes three WSOP gold bracelets.

The academic section of that resume is perhaps equally as impressive, as Selbst is a Yale Law School graduate. She found the time to complete law school and pass the bar exam in-between cashes on the live tournament circuit.

Five years ago, Selbst established Venture Justice, a foundation that “funds projects that fight for racial justice and economic equality, and against police misconduct and government abuse of authority,” states her website. The work of her foundation goes hand-in-hand with that of the UJC.

The Blinds & Justice Charity Poker Tournament will include additional entertainment throughout the evening such as a silent auction. Along with the $1,000 buy-in, there are optional $500 rebuys. The event is for a very worthy cause, and it will undoubtedly be a fun night for all who attend!

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.