Many people are familiar with Tiger Woods because of the 99 golfing championships he’s won around the world, including 14 majors. Others know him because of his well-publicized divorce from Elin Nordegren and the activities that led up to the couple’s split. And finally, some individuals know him because of the charitable foundation he and his father, Earl Woods, established in 1996.
Since it was founded, the Tiger Woods Foundation has raised more than $13 million to help children and young adults from all over the world realize their educational dreams. Since 1998, the foundation has hosted a “Tiger Jam” weekend every year to raise funds for the Tiger Woods Foundation. This year is the first time Tiger Jam will include a poker tournament, however.
“Tiger’s Poker Night” will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas this evening. The event will begin at 6pm when appetizers and drinks are served. The poker tournament will begin promptly at 7pm. The buy-in for the poker tournament is $10,000.
Win or lose, participants will have the chance to meet at least two renowned poker players: Phil Helmuth and Doyle Brunson. Despite being known as the “Poker Brat,” Helmuth is a philanthropist who actively supports several worthy charities. He will be the emcee of this year’s inaugural Tiger’s Poker Night. One of just a handful of people to win the WSOP Main Event twice, Brunson has won more than $6 million in poker tournaments alone.
In exchange for the entry fee, people get a seat in the tournament, a two-night stay for two at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and two tickets to Saturday’s “Tiger Jam,” which will spotlight Jon Bon Jovi and Friends. The entry fee also gives people the chance to win prizes.
The winner of the poker tournament will have the opportunity to be a member of a foursome that plays a round of golf with Tiger Woods himself. Other prizes include a putting lesson given by Tiger Woods, Pro-Am spots for PGA Tour competitions, rounds of golf at select courses around the United States, original items signed by Tiger Woods and a golf club fitting at Fort Worth’s, “The Oven.”