March 15, 2014
Over the last 3 years, Cavaliers Against Cancer has raised over $30,000 and Saturday's goal was to raise an additional $20,000.
"We've got 3 different levels of tournaments we've got a beginner, main and high stakes tournament, so folks can come out and have an opportunity to play in a tournament in their appropriate skill level and a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes," said Shawn Brydge, Co-founder of Cavaliers Against Cancer.
All net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Rebecca Clary Harris Memorial Fellowship at the University of Virginia Cancer Center.
As cards were played and poker faces started to appear, there was definitely a huge orange elephant in the room, the ACC Tournament Semi-Finals game against Pittsburgh.
The big game didn't keep people away from the charity event, in fact there were watching stations set up allowing participants to keep up with the game.
"We originally signed up not knowing how the tournament schedule would turn out but now that we're here we're thrilled to do both on the same day," said Mark Atwood, a poker player.
Beginner players payed $50 participate in the tournament. Main players paid $75 and high-stakes players paid $150.