BROADWAY BETS, Broadway's Official Poker Tournament, Returns!
Monday, May 16
Cocktails 7:30 pm, tournament 8 pm
234 West 44th Street, NYC
Broadway Bets 2016 - Broadway Cares
Get your poker face ready and double down at Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament, which returns for a rolicking second edition this spring.
Produced by and benefiting Broadway Cares, the event gives the theatre community an opportunity to play in a friendly Texas Hold ’em tournament and go “all in” for an important cause. Facing off against each other, industry insiders and theatre fans will compete to be the last player standing and Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded to players at the final table.
Whether you're a first-time player or a poker ace, everybody's welcome and anyone can win.
Broadway Bets will again take over the famed Sardi's restaurant in the heart of New York's theatre district on Monday, May 16. Doors open for cocktails at 7:30 pm; tournament play begins at 8 pm.
The event is co-chaired by Lauren Reid, CEO of the Theater Division at Key Brand Entertainment, and Al Nocciolino, president & CEO of NAC Entertainment Ltd. Founding co-chairs are Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters and BC/EFA Board of Trustees president, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization and longtime BC/EFA trustee. Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters, Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical and Brett Sirota of The Road Company serve as the tournament directors.
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.
Last year’s inaugural tournament raised an incredible $137,200 as Bill Paness, controller for The Shubert Organization, bested IATSE Local 311 member Eric Castaldo and eight other players at the final table to become the first Broadway Bets champion.
For those not quite ready to go “all in,” Broadway Bets guest passes will be available to observe the poker table action. Guests also will be able to try their luck at other casino games with an opportunity to win prizes. All prizes will be announced this spring.