Negreanu & Stout helped create the only official poker charity event to benefit St. Jude
Did you know that the annual report “St. Jude Against All Odds” event, which was founded in 2014 with the help of poker pro Daniel Negreanuis the only official charity poker tournament supporting St. Jude® Children’s Research Hospital?
Since its inception, the charity poker event has raised over $1.9 million and has been supported by well-known poker pros such as Phil Ivey and 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event Champion John Cynn. In 2018, Negreanu passes the baton to matt stout and the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP)who have carried on the tradition of raising funds for a great cause.
As the tournament wraps up a decade of great tournaments, we thought it would be a good idea to dive a bit into the history of the event. This includes previewing their next event which will take place later this month, chatting with Negreanu and Stout and compiling a list of winners.
Upcoming events from May 20 to 21
On May 20-21, the 7th Annual St. Jude Against All Odds will host golf and poker tournaments. Registration for events, which will benefit St. Jude, is now open, as are sponsorship opportunities. Click here to buy tickets or sponsor.
The event is returning to a live format after having to go online during the pandemic. While the ‘St. Jude Against All Odds’ poker tournament dates back many years, this is the first time a 144-person golf tournament has been added to the mix. The golf outing will take place at Siena Golf Club on Friday, May 20, with a continental breakfast served to registered guests before hitting the links and an awards luncheon to follow.
The following day, Saturday May 21, the guests will meet at the Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa for a turbo-style poker tournament that offers participants the chance to win a $10,000 seat for the month of July 2022 World Series of Poker Main Event. Plus, there will be a cocktail party, dinner, and live entertainment.
Sponsors for this year’s event include CSOP, Golf Venture, JB Public Relations, Johnson Brothers of Nevadaand SKC Group. Negreanu and Stout will co-chair the event and will both be in attendance. Joe “Stapes” Stapleton is scheduled to host the event.
“To say we’re excited to return to experience in-person events like St. Jude Against All Odds would be a gross understatement,” Stout said. “We are grateful to our sponsors and excited to expand our event with the addition of the golf tournament as another way to have fun with a purpose for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Weekend packages start at $300. Visit stjude.org/lvpoker to register to attend and learn more about sponsorships and other ways to get involved.
Negreanu & Stout show their support
St. Jude is at the forefront of how the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Funds generated from events like “St. Jude Against All Odds” help fund St. Jude’s current six-year, $11.5 billion strategic plan, which plans to triple its global investment to reach more than 400,000 children with cancer worldwide each year.
“In 2013, I attended a workshop in Las Vegas called ChoiceCenter and one of the goals I set for myself was to create a celebrity poker event for St. Jude,” Negreanu said. PokerNews on the genesis of the event. “From there, I met the folks at St. Jude and we started brainstorming with a small team meeting every two weeks before the inaugural event, and we crushed it the very first year, so it has become an annual event.”
Asked about a favorite memory, Negreanu shared, “One year Jennie Garth showed up at the event and went broke. I was pretty drunk, and I can’t remember if she suggested it or if I did, but for a rebuy I paid, we locked lips and kissed!
Negreanu, who has confirmed his attendance at this year’s event, also talked about passing the torch to Stout and CSOP.
“I had already seen the good work Matt Stout was doing with CSOP,” he said. “I felt like the event could be put in his hands, and developed and expanded.”
Stout also offered his perspective on the transition when he chatted with PokerNews.
“When I started the Charity Series of Poker in 2014, they were one of the beneficiaries that I considered hosting events for. However, I found out that Daniel Negreanu had founded his own St. Jude event. around the same time, so I chose to support another local Las Vegas pulpit with our only annual Vegas event.
Regarding the moment Negreanu asked him to take over, Stout continued, “It was easily one of the most surreal moments of my nonprofit career and life. It was the night of our Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and thanks to the incredible work and generosity of the SHRPO team, we were able to surpass 300 tournament entries and raise over $145,000 for the hospital. Everyone was having fun and posting photos all over social media. Daniel wasn’t even in town, but he saw the buzz and texted me asking if I’d be interested in taking on the role of event chair.
Since then, Stout has not only helped carry on the tradition, but has worked with the St. Jude team to help expand it.
“I’m going to go out there and volunteer to help out on the golf team,” said Stout, who admitted he wasn’t much of a golfer. “I will definitely be there all night at the 21 event dinner, gala and poker tournament. It has been too long since we were able to hold our last live iteration of this event in 2019, and I couldn’t be more excited to put this amazing event back into action so we can help further St. Jude’s mission – Find cures. Save the Children.®”
Former “St. Jude Against All Odds Winners”
While it was founded in 2014, the first time the event – which averages around 250 players each year – awarded a $10,000 seat to the WSOP Main Event was in 2018.
That’s when Donna Lawton claimed a seat followed by Peter Kim in 2019. In 2020, when the event moved online, the poker pro Joseph Cheong withdrew it, and likewise in 2021, Jon Baugues emerged victorious in the online tournament to win a Vegas weekend getaway package and a spot in the 2022 St. Jude Against All Odds event.
|2020||On line||Joseph Cheong|
|2021||On line||Jon Baugues|
About St. Jude® Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is at the forefront of how the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Its objective is clear: to find cures. Saving children.® This is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center dedicated solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped boost the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude won’t stop until no child will die of cancer. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food, so they can focus on their child’s life. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude Mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok, and subscribing to his YouTube channel.
*Images courtesy of CSOP and St. Jude.
American editor, co-host of the PokerNews podcast and winner of the 2013 WSOP bracelet.