Poker community honors Chad Brown at 3rd Annual Memorial Tourney

Last night at the Resorts Hotel in Atlantic City friends and fans of the late great Chad Brown came together to honor him at the 3rd Annual Chad Brown Memorial Poker Tournament. The event was hosted by Daniel Negreanu who said: "Chad was a close friend to me and many other people in the poker community and I'm delighted to be hosting this tournament in Chad's honor."

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Daniel Negreanu at the third annual Chad Brown Memorial Tournament

Though Brown died two years ago, his memory perseveres, the event carried a $200 buy-in, with unlimited $100 re-entries and 50% of the $38,800 raised last night will go to the TJ Martell Foundation and help fund research into the rare cancer that killed Brown.

As well as cash money, some great companies donated some fantastic prizes and everyone who made the final table had a little something extra to take home. Or in Jason Somerville's case a PCA Main Event package. The Team PokerStars Pro outlasted a field of 87 players to claim a spadie. He faced off against PokerStars Mind Sports Ambassador Jennifer Shahade heads-up and defeated a final table that also included Fatima Moreira de Melo, Natasha Barbour, Vanessa Selbst and Rob 'Boston Rob' Mariano.

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Somerville claimed the spadie

But last night poker was simply the vessel through which some of the greats of the game came together to pay their respects. André Akkari, Chris Moneymaker, Jason Mercier and Daniel Negreanu were just four of those who came to have fun and help raise money for a great cause.

This was poker with a smile for a man who put a smile on the face of so many. Just look at the final table photo below. Have you ever seen anything like that before at a poker tournament?

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Poker with a smile

Here's a little story that shows the spirit the tournament was played in. As well as the serious prizes given to those who made the final table there were plenty of spot prizes given out for silly things. They gave a hat to the first person who went all-in with 7-2 and won. Someone tried it and lost, they gave him a hat anyway (h/t @EditressClare). Then they gave away tickets to a Godsmack concert for anyone who busted a player, but when Moneymaker took care of Negreanu he said whoever busted Fatima Moreira de Melo could have them. It was that kind of night. The right kind of night.

3rd Annual Chad Brown Memorial Tournament
Date: November 3rd
Buy-in: $200 (unlimited $100 re-entries)
Players: 87
Re-entries: 214
Prize pool: $19,400 + $19,400

POSNameCountryStatusPrizeAdditional Prize
1Jason SomervilleUSATeam PokerStars Pro$4,290PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event seat
2Jennifer ShahadeUSAPokerStars Mind Sports Ambassador$3,225PPC Aruba Seat
3Robert MarianoUSA $2,425Poker table
4Kenneth GoodkindUSA $1,824Poker Academy training course
5Vanessa SelbstUSATeam PokerStars Pro$1,372WPT500 seat
6Natasha BarbourCanada $1,032Heartland Poker Tour Package
7Fatima Moreira de MeloNetherlandsTeam PokerStars Sport Star$776VIP WPT Experience
8Bruce HallidayUSA $583one-year subscription for LearnWPT.com
9David FloydUSA $583WSOP School of Poker
10Anthony LicastroUSA $486 
11Jondavid JabushUSA $486 
12Natale KueyUSA $407 
13Timothy WorleyUSA $407 
14Vivian LeslieUSA $407 
15Tiffany LeeUSA $407 
16Gregory DonatelliUSA $345 
17Jonathan LittleUSA $345

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Nick Wright
@PokerStars in News