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An evening of revelry and friendly rivalry is in the cards for the theatre community when Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament, returns for its third edition.
Broadway stars, industry insiders and theatre lovers will come together at the theatre district’s beloved Sardi’s Restaurant for a friendly Texas Hold ’em tournament. Novices and aces alike are welcome, and anyone can win the coveted title of the third Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded to players who make the final table.
Doors for Broadway Bets open for cocktails at 7:30 pm; the tournament begins at 8 pm. All ticketing levels include hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets start at $150.
The event is co-chaired by Elliot Greene, executive vice president of The Shubert Organization, and Marla Ostroff, executive vice president of arts and theatre at Ticketmaster. 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 BC/EFA executive vice president, serve as founding co-chairs.
Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters, Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical and Brett Sirota of The Road Company will return to serve as 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.
For those who haven’t quite mastered their poker face, guest passes offer a chance to observe the poker table action and play other casino games with an opportunity to win prizes. All prizes will be announced later this spring.
Last year’s tournament raised a record-breaking $247,800 as Jamesin Seidel, a guest of Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck, bested Bryan LaPlant and a final Broadway Bets table of eight other players to win the title of Broadway Bets champion.
|“Royal Flush” Bar Sponsor|
|“Full House” Sponsors|
|AKA||The John Gore Organization (Broadway.com, Broadway Across America)||Serino/Coyne|
|Ambassador Theatre Group||Jujamcyn Theaters||The Shubert Organization|
|The Araca Group||MagicSpace Entertainment||Situation Interactive|
|Charlie and the Chocolate Factory||The Nederlander Organization||SpotCo|
|Entertainment Benefits Group||The Road Company||Ticketmaster|
|Foresight Theatrical||Road Concierge/ALTOUR||Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP|
|“Two Pair” Sponsors|
|Sweet Hospitality Group||Disney Theatrical Productions|