This coming Sunday the 13th of July, a Memorial Ceremony and Charity Poker Tournament will be held in the honour of Chad Brown who sadly lost his three year fight against cancer last week.
The news that the extremely popular Chad Brown had passed caused massive shock to the poker community both online and offline and resulted in the player being the first to ever receive an honoury World Series of Poker bracelet .
Now, his former wife and fellow PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Rousso along with family and friends have announced this memorial Ceremony and the first of an annual Charity Poker Tournament in his name.
— Vanessa Rousso (@VanessaRousso) July 8, 2014
The Memorial Ceremony will start at 4pm at Binion’s Gambling Hall & Hotel and will be followed by the Charity Poker Event at 6pm at the same location. The event will be a $200 + $25 No-Limit Hold’em event with $50 re-buys available for the first six levels.
Half of the buy-ins will go directly to charity whilst the rest will become the prize pool. All of the $50 re-buys will all go directly to charity too.
PokerStars will also be partnering the event due to their own sadness of losing one of their most respected and loved Team Pros and have offered to not only match the amount raised by the tournament for charity but also provide prizes for the players that come first and second in the event.
Those prizes will be a Main Event seat at the PCA next January and a Main Event seat at the Montreal Poker Festival in little over a month’s time.
Sue Hamnett who is the Director of Corporate Giving at PokerStars had this to say in a statement:
“PokerStars was proud to have Chad Brown on our team. We are devastated and mourn the passing of our dear friend Chad Brown. For this year’s inaugural Chad Brown Poker Tournament, PokerStars is pleased to announce and donate the following to this worthy charitable event. The first place winner of Chad’s tournament will receive a Main Event seat at the next PokerStars Caribbean Adventure event. The second place winner will receive a main event seat including hotel for five nights at the Montreal Poker Festival which will take place August 22nd thru September 4th of this year. PokerStars will match all funds raised for the charity from the tournament. All of us here at PokerStars are honored to do this in Chad’s name.”
We know that this event will be a huge success, with friends, family and most of the poker community coming together to show their last respects to an inspirational person and to raise money for charity at the same time.