Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
What we do together, makes a difference
Monday, May 13
7:30 pm cocktails; 8 pm tournament
234 West 44th Street, NYC
Place your bets on an unforgettable evening at this year’s Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament.
Broadway stars, industry insiders and theatre fans will raise the stakes at the Texas Hold ‘em tournament at the theatre district’s beloved Sardi’s Restaurant. Novices, aces and anyone willing to show their hand have the chance to win the coveted title of Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded to all players who reach the final table.
Cocktails for the fifth annual edition of Broadway Bets start at 7:30 pm; the tournament begins at 8 pm. All ticketing levels include hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.
|“Royal Flush” Bar Sponsor|
|To Kill a Mockingbird|
|“Full House” Sponsors|
|AKA||The Pekoe Group||Sweet Hospitality Group|
|The Araca Group||The Road Company||Ticketmaster|
|BROADWai||Satisfi Labs||Willkie Farr & Gallagher|
|Foresight Theatrical||Serino Coyne|
|The John Gore Organization/Broadway.com||The Shubert Organization|
|Jujamcyn Theaters||Situation Interactive|
|The Nederlander Organization||SpotCo|
|“Two Pair” Sponsors|
|Disney Theatrical Productions||Entertainment Benefits Group||Independent Presenters Network|
Additional sponsors will be announced later.
Broadway Bets‘ founding co-chairs are Paul Libin, president emeritus of the Broadway Cares/Equity FIghts AIDS Board of Trustees and executive vice president emeritus of Jujamcyn Theaters, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization and president of the Broadway Cares Board of Trustees.
Micah Hollingworth of BROADWai, Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical and Brett Sirota of The Road Company will return 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.
Last year’s tournament raised a spectacular $295,100, as Peter Pergola, chief operating officer of The Araca Group, bested Thomas M. Cerabino, chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, to win the title of Broadway Bets champion. In its four years, Broadway Bets has raised $967,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.