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Broadway Cares Announces Broadway Bets Poker Tournament

Play Texas Hold’em for a good cause.

Robert E. Wankel is a cochair of the upcoming Broadway Bets event.
Robert E. Wankel is a cochair of the upcoming Broadway Bets event.
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Broadway Bets, a newly created Broadway poker tournament chaired by executives from Jujamcyn Theaters and the Shubert Organization, will take place on May 18 at Sardi's.

Played as a Texas Hold 'em tournament, Broadway Bets will welcome an array of industry insiders and theater fans all competing against one another to be the last player standing and first Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded for top players.

Foxwoods Resort Casino will be the official tournament host of Broadway Bets with Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters and Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical serving as the tournament directors. The event is cochaired by Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of the Shubert Organization. Libin is president of BC/EFA’s Board of Trustees and Wankel is a longtime trustee.

"It’s always exciting when members of our theatre community find new and unique ways to support such an important organization," Libin and Wankel said. "We’re excited to step up to the table with many of our friends and look forward to meeting new players helping to make a difference for so many. The big winner of the night will be Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS."

Texas Hold’em-style tournaments begin with each player receiving an equal amount of chips. Two blinds are posted per hand to force the action. As play progresses, the amount of the blind bets increase. As players drop out, tables are combined until there is one final table of players competing for the championship title.

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