Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) July 18, 2007
The Small Town Poker Tour Pro Am Championship took place at the South Point Hotel, and Casino. STPT Tournament Champions gathered to play along with a strong field of local Las Vegas players.
The final table included STPT Louisiana winner Brandon Parker, 2006 WSOP Ladies Champion Mary Jones, Bob Meyer, Under The Gun Video Magazine Executive Producer Kelly "All In" Flynn, Jeffery Hfu, Founder of the Taiwanese Poker League, Raquel Hakim and Moose Antley.
Play continued till Mary Jones and Kelly Flynn battled heads up. Which lead up to an exciting series of play that had Flynn battle back from a few chips to get within reach of Mary's massive chip stack. It all ended when Mary went all in pre flop and Kelly called and flipped over king seven suited. Mary turned over two aces. The aces held and Mary Jones became the first STPT Pro Am Champion.
The real winner was the charity Corps of Compassion when Mary Jones donated a substantial amount of her winnings back. "Mary is what the STPT is all about, poker players uniting for a good cause and giving back", stated Mark Fracalossi STPT Creator. "I would also like to thank Mary publicly for her support of Charity poker, she truly has a big heart," Fracalossi added. Mary is also involved with the Queen of Hearts and Poker Cares, two groups promoting philanthropic poker
The event was also attended by Corps of Compassion founder Scott Sullivan. His continuing commitment to homeless children kept him from seeing the conclusion of the tournament when he had to leave to deliver backpacks of food. "Scott's mission to the children is what made us choose his charity as benefactor of the STPT Pro Am," Fracalossi stated.
Poker Cares team members Annie Van Bebber, and Dianna Donofrio, assisted with the event planning. "Annie and Dianna did an impressive job in making this event happen", Fracalossi stated.
Poker Cares is made up of Poker Players, Professionals, Fans, Industry Insiders, and Fundraising Experts who are committed to helping facilitate the growth of Charity Poker Tournaments. The goal is to unite all in the world of poker through the PokerCares.com website. Members include Annie Van Bebber, Dianna Donofrio, Wendeen H. Eolis, Michael Terpin, Lisa Wheeler, Marcel Luske, Mary Jones and Mark Fracalossi.
The STPT travels the world raising funds and awareness for various charities. The STPT ends its season with the STPT Pro AM Championship. STPT Regional winners advance to participate in Las Vegas against an open field of pros and amateurs.
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