Dec 28, 2012
TV Star Jonathan Ross raises £105,000 through Charity Poker Tournament
By RTR Dennis
Earlier this year, we discussed how famed British TV presenter Jonathan Ross took up online poker while he was at home sick. The host of Friday Night with Jonathan Ross sent out a tweet asking fans what online poker site was the best. EPT champion Vicky Coren then tweeted back, “I am OFFENDED you think only Twitter can help you here..! *tsk* Your first answer is PokerStars. Do email any further questions…x”
Well it appears as if “Wossy” not only took Coren’s advice to play at PokerStars, but he also turned to them for help with hosting a charity poker tournament. Here’s a closer look at which celebrities competed in the tourney as well as what happened in the end.
The Stars come out
Ross’ charity poker event was held at the luxurious No. 5 Cavendish Square in London. The swanky venue attracted several celebrities including PokerStars ‘SportsStar’ and tennis champion Boris Becker, comedians Jason Manford and John Bishop, and PokerStars pro and Only Connect host Vicky Coren. Amateur grinder Adam Mohamed also qualified for this tourney via a PokerStars satellite.
If odds were offered on who’d win this event, Coren would certainly be the favorite. She’s won $1,597,943 in live poker tournaments, which ranks her 12th all-time among women. Taking this into account, it’s no surprise that she topped the six-player final table and earned £30,000 for the charity of her choice, St. John’s Hospice London.
As for the rest of the field, Mohamed finished runner-up, Manford placed third, Bishop took fourth, Becker busted out in fifth, and Ross unfortunately finished last in his own event. However, there were no real losers in this tournament because everybody had a good time on the felt. More importantly, a total prize pool of £105,000 was raised for the different charities that everybody was playing for.