Poker community honors Chad Brown at 3rd Annual Memorial Tourney

November 04, 2016

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

POS Name Country Status Prize Additional Prize
1 Jason Somerville USA Team PokerStars Pro $4,290 PokerStars Championship Bahamas Main Event seat
2 Jennifer Shahade USA PokerStars Mind Sports Ambassador $3,225 PPC Aruba Seat
3 Robert Mariano USA   $2,425 Poker table
4 Kenneth Goodkind USA   $1,824 Poker Academy training course
5 Vanessa Selbst USA Team PokerStars Pro $1,372 WPT500 seat
6 Natasha Barbour Canada   $1,032 Heartland Poker Tour Package
7 Fatima Moreira de Melo Netherlands Team PokerStars Sport Star $776 VIP WPT Experience
8 Bruce Halliday USA   $583 one-year subscription for LearnWPT.com
9 David Floyd USA   $583 WSOP School of Poker
10 Anthony Licastro USA   $486  
11 Jondavid Jabush USA   $486  
12 Natale Kuey USA   $407  
13 Timothy Worley USA   $407  
14 Vivian Leslie USA   $407  
15 Tiffany Lee USA   $407  
16 Gregory Donatelli USA   $345  
17 Jonathan Little USA   $345

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