Ante Up For Africa Monte Carlo hits CBS tomorrow

ps_news_thn.jpgFor those Americans who don't have a chance to head across the Atlantic to see the European Poker Tour in action, it's pretty hard to see some of the great poker television that comes from that part of the world. Saturday, CBS viewers will finally get their chance and it's all for a worthy cause.

For the next two Saturdays, the CBS network will be airing an hour's worth of coverage from the EPT's Ante Up For Africa Monte Carlo tournament. Tons of celebrities showed up for event, including some top PokerStars Team Pros.

"Each year at the World Series of Poker, I make a point to play in Ante Up for Africa," said Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso. "It's amazing that PokerStars hosted the event in Monte Carlo to help a worthy cause and bring some fun to the table during one of their biggest events of the year."


Nelly and Rousso at Ante Up For Africa

Among the other stars who showed up were musical artists Christina Milian, Nelly, The Dream, and Joel Madden, along with actors Jason Lewis of Sex and the City and James Lee of Heroes.

"I think anytime you're in hip hop, it's a competitive business just by nature," Nelly said. "If you are involved and successful (in hip hop) then you have drive and determination. That's what you want to use in poker. I'm happy to play for a great cause."

If you don't know by now, Ante Up for Africa is a three-year old charity founded by Don Cheadle, Annie Duke and Norman Epstein. During Season 5 of the EPT, PokerStars continued its long-running support of the group in helping to raise money within the poker community for the current humanitarian mission in crisis-torn Darfur.

As the PokerStars Blog covered the event, we know how it turns out, and if you'd like to spoil the TV coverage, you can easily find out by using that little search box at the top-right of the page. However, if you'd like to go in fresh, tune in Saturday before college football kicks off. CBS Sports will be running the Ante Up tournament starting at 1:30 tomorrow and 2:00 next week.

For a preview of what you'll see, the promo that ran just before the event kicked off.

Watch Ante Up for Africa Europe: Promo (English) on
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