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Poker Stars Join Tiger Woods at $10,000 Buy-in Poker Tournament in Las Vegas

Poker stars were out in force this weekend at Tiger Woods’ two-day 50-player charity poker tournament held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The tournament, a $10,000 buy-in event, was filmed for a future World Poker Tour television episode and was part of the Tiger Jam weekend in support of the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Thirty seven year old Woods was joined by the poker brat Phil Hellmuth, and poker Hall of Fame members Doyle Brunson and Mike Sexton in the competition.  A round of golf with Woods himself was up for grabs along side autographed memorabilia.

Celebrities taking part in the event included Shark Tank star Mark Cuban, Los Angeles Clippers star player Chris Paul, rocker Kid Rock and actor Mekhi Phifer of ER fame.

Woods himself went out early to an amateur but stayed around to watch the rest of the tournament.

For the media, however, it was a night to preview Woods’ now official girlfriend, Lindsey Vonn, who was first seen with the golf prodigy earlier in the month at the Met Gala.

“Wearing a sexy blue dress during the poker tournament, Vonn was thrilled to be part of the weekend, and took along her sister, Karin Kildow for the festivities,” said USWeekly.

In an interview with BLUFF Magazine before the event, Woods said he was more likely to play “ping pong” than poker on tour but said that skills such as “focus, drive to win and knowing when to quit” were characteristics useful in both games.

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Bradley Chalupski

Bradley Chalupski made his first deposit onto an online poker site in 2009 and has been paying rake and following the poker scene ever since. He received his J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 2010.