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Jerry Azumah Hosts 2nd Annual Poker Tournament

by Itika Oldwine – June 4, 2010

Former Chicago Bears player Jerry Azumah hosted his Second Annual Chance of a Lifetime Poker Tournament and Casino Night at the Hotel Sax in Marina City.  The casino night is Jerry’s major fundraiser of the year for his not-for-profit organization, Azumah Student Assistance Program (ASAP).  For this event, the fourth floor of the Hotel Sax was converted into a world class poker room and tables and dealers were brought in as some of Chicago’s most serious players donned their best poker faces in the hopes of winning the jackpot!

Since retiring from the Chicago Bears in 2007, Jerry has become one of Chicago’s most notable faces, not only in the sports world, but also on the social scene.   The distinguished host, plus the appeal of gambling for a cause brought many of Chicago’s elite out in support.  Some of the more notable guests included Chicago Bears players Lance Briggs, Chris Harris, and Rashied Davis, Chicago Bulls star Jannero Pargo, Chicago Sun-Times columnist and author Richard Roeper, CBS personality Ryan Baker, NBC personality Natalie Martinez and film and television producer Datari Turner. Of the 400 guests in attendance, 175 participated in the tournament while the rest of us mere spectators watched on while sipping cocktails provided by Hennessy Black, one of the night’s sponsors.

At the end of the night, player Anthony Gauros was crowned tournament winner.  His winnings included a World Series of Poker Circuit Seat at Horseshoe Casino, an autographed copy of Richard Roeper’s latest book Bet the House: How I Gambled a Grand a Day for 30 Days on Sports, Poker and Games of Chance and a $5,000 gift card.  The evening raised enough funds to provide academic scholarships for two lucky students at San Miguel Schools Chicago.  It is always nice when people with the means to make a difference in others’ lives use their influence for good.  My hat goes off to Jerry Azumah.

For more info about San Miguel Schools Chicago, click here.

About the Author: Itika Oldwine

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Itika received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles in Political Science.