Poker pro Ebony Kenney came out on top of 65 celebrities and fellow poker players in the All In For Feeding America charity online poker tourney that took place this past weekend.
The event was hosted by poker site Americas Cardroom and featured a $10,000 buy-in fee that all went to charity.
The special online poker tourney was organized to benefit Feeding America, known to be the biggest hunger relief organization in the United States.
Poker enthusiasts or fans of the celebrities who took part in All In For Feeding America were able to follow action using Twitch. The online event was streamed by Americas Cardroom as well as by some of the players who took part in it.
As mentioned earlier, the tournament drew 65 entries, including poker pros Doyle and Todd Brunson, Phil Hellmuth, Jeff Gross, Jamie Staples, Jason Koon, and Mike McDonald as well as poker-playing celebrities such as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Adam Sandler, John Krasinski, Jon Hamm, Adam Levine, and Aaron Paul, among others.
However, Kenney was eventually the last player standing after outwitting the 65-strong field.
All In For Charity
The All In For Feeding America tournament was quickly put together by Americas Cardroom CEO Phil Nagy and Ben Affleck.
As mentioned above, the event aimed to benefit Feeding America which currently has a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries around the country.
The tournament featured a $10,000 buy-in fee and all buy-ins went to Feeding America. In addition, the event offered participants the opportunity to re-enter as many times as they wished and many of the players took advantage of that opportunity. All re-entries were, too, donated to the hunger relief organization.
A $1 million donation was made to the charity organization in the winner’s name. Overall, the online poker tourney raised nearly $2 million for Feeding America and its initiatives.
How Kenney Won the Tournament
Kenney was part of a stacked final table that also included the likes of Kevin Pollak, Phil Hellmuth, Thomas Cannuli, Tobey Maguire Bryan Cranston, and Andy Milonakis.
Over the course of final table play, Kenney eliminated several players, most notably poker legend Phil Hellmuth. She and Pollak were eventually the last two players left to battle it out for the title.
Kenney and her heads-up opponent traded the chip lead several times during their duel, but on what turned out the final hand in play, it was Kenney who remained the last player with chips before her.
That final hand saw Pollak go all in with a pair of 7s. However, the river card happened to be a 3, giving Kenney a three of a kind for the victory.
Commenting on her participation in the charity event, Kenney, an eccentric player and content creator, said on her Twitch channel that it was “a bright spot with everything happening and [she’s] so happy I get to be a part of it.”
Of her victory, Kenney said that he was honored to be able to play and “the fact that [she] won in such a ridiculous field, it’s unbelievable.”