Restock the Shelves

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HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Throughout the month of January 2018, Ante Up Magazine and Blue Shark Optics will once again encourage poker rooms, venues, sponsors and players across North America to help restock the shelves of their local food banks by playing in tournaments in their favorite poker venues. We could use your help. Here’s how you can get involved!

VENUES
We’d like to hold events in every poker venue in the country. Each venue can set up their event or events however they wish and allow representatives of your local food bank to be on-site to collect donations of non-perishable food items and cash from players who participate. Of course, you’re welcome to do anything you’d like to make your event even more special.

All participating venues will get generous promotion of their events throughout Ante Up products.

To host an event: Contact Scott Long at 727.331.4335 or scott@anteupmagazine.com

SPONSORS
Provide prizes that our host venues can award in raffles and other ways for their generous players who participate in the event.

To become a sponsor: Contact Scott Long at 727.331.4335 or scott@anteupmagazine.com

PLAYERS
You’re the most important part of this! Encourage your favorite poker venue to host an event. Spread the word among your poker friends. Volunteer to become an Event Ambassador to help our venues make their events as successful as possible. represent Ante Up or Blue Shark Optics in your local event. And, of course, come and out and play and bring plenty of cans of food or cash to help make a difference!

To volunteer to be an Event Ambassador: Contact Scott Long at 727.331.4335 or scott@anteupmagazine.com

EVENTS

Check back often to see what events have been added!
To host an event, contact Scott Long at 727.331.4335 or scott@anteupmagazine.com.

ARIZONA
Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino
Maricopa
Benefiting F.O.R. Maricopa
Event details: 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Tournament with a $600 guaranteed prize pool with a buy-in of five food items for 3,000 units. Players donating an additional food item get 500 bonus units, two food items 1,000 bonus units, three food items 2,500 bonus units, four food items 3,000 bonus units and five food items 5,000 bonus units.

Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Pinetop
Benefiting Shepherds Kitchen
Event details: 6 p.m. Jan. 15. $50 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. Players will get bonus units depending upon how many food items they donate (one for 500, two for 1,000, three for 2,000, four for 3,000 and five for 5,000). Hon-Dah is adding $1,000 to the prize pool, plus a $100 bonus for the high hand, two $50 mystery bounties and a drawing for a mystery gift.

CALIFORNIA
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson
Benefiting Interfaith Food Bank
Event details: 7 p.m. Jan. 1. $60 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with an optional $10 add-on, $20 bounties and $1,500 guaranteed. Get 500 bonus units for every food item donated, up to a maximum of 2,000 units.

Lucky Chances Casino
Colma
Benefiting North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City
Event details: 9:30 a.m. Jan. 15. $120 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with a first-place guarantee of $4,000. Players will get an additional 3,000 units with a $20 optional donation, and an additional 1,000 units for donating a food item. (Players are encouraged to donate as many food items as they can, but will only receive 1,000 units).

Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula
Benefiting Community Mission of Hope
Event details: Jan. 1-31, with a special event at 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Bingo players who bring in two food items get one free early bird game pack with their buy in for matinee and evening sessions any day in January. Poker tournament players get 500 bonus units in any Monday-Friday tournament for donating two food items, and 1,000 bonus units for donating three or more items. At 7 p.m. Jan. 24, the buy-in for a $1,500 guarantee tournament will be $10 and five food items.

CANADA
Orangeville Poker Tour
Orangeville, Ontario
Benefiting Orangeville Food Bank
Event details: 7 p.m. Jan. 6. Get bonus units for donating food items and knockout Team Blue Shark Optics member Steve Kerr and he'll donate $100 to the food bank.

CONNECTICUT
Foxwoods Resort
Mashantucket
Benefiting Gemma Moran Food Bank
Event details: 10 a.m., Jan. 15. $400 buy-in no-limit hold'em $50,000 guaranteed. For donating a food item, players get one entry into a drawing, where three will win a $200 satellite seat for the $1,200 buy-in no-limit hold'em $200,000 guaranteed Winter Deep Freeze Championship on Feb. 10.

FLORIDA
Club 52/Melbourne Greyhound Park
Melbourne
Benefiting: To be announced
Event details: To be announced

Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club
Daytona Beach
Benefiting: To be announced
Event details: Jan. 1-28. Players get one raffle ticket for every $1 or food item they donate, and will be entered into a Jan. 28 raffle to win a $330 Great American Poker Tour Championship seat.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg
Benefiting Metropolitan Ministries
Event details: 1 & 6 p.m. Jan. 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 26, 27 and 28. Players who donate at least four food items get 5,000 bonus units.

Miami Poker Society
Miami Beach
Benefiting Curley's House
Event details: 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at Lost Weekend. In the final annual playoff tournament for the MPS Championship in Las Vegas, players will get bonus units for every food item donated.

ILLINOIS
Windy City Poker Championship
Benefiting Feed Chicago Sheridan Carroll Food Pantry
Event details: Various ongoing events. Check website for full details and schedule.

MARYLAND
Live Casino Hotel Maryland
Hanover
Benefiting Anne Arundel County Food Bank
Event details: 7:15 p.m., Jan. 25 and 12:15 p.m. Jan. 26. First event will be a $150 Double Green Chip Bounty tournament and the second event will be a $200 8-max tournament. Players get 1,000 bonus units for each food item they donate, up to a maximum of 10.

MICHIGAN
FireKeepers Casino Hotel
Battle Creek
Benefiting Kendall Street Pantry
Event details: Jan. 15-17. Players in the noon and 6 p.m. tournaments each day that donate a food item will get 200 bonus units up to a maximum of five items, and 2,000 in bonus units for donating $10. (Maximum of 3,000 bonus units per player per tournament). Cash-game players who donate $10 get an entry into a $500 drawing at 10 p.m. Jan. 17, with no limit on donations.

MISSISSIPPI
Pearl River Resort
Choctaw
Benefiting Mississippi United Methodist Chahta Mission
Event details: Dec. 1-Jan. 31. For each food item players cash-game players donate, they'll get one ticket for a drawing on Jan. 31, where five winners will get $100 each. For each food item tournament players donate, they'll get an additional 1,000 units and one ticket for a drawing on Jan. 31, where four players will win a seat in a regular weekly tournament each.

NEW MEXICO
Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
Mescalero
Benefiting Mescalero Food Bank
Event details: 6 p.m. Jan. 14. $50 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. Players donating three food items get 1,000 bonus units, donating five cans get 2,500 bonus units and donating eight or more items get 5,000 bonus units.

NEW YORK
Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady
Schenectady
Benefiting Concerned for the Hungry Inc.
Event details: Noon Jan. 21. $100 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. Players who donate $10 or 10 food items get 10,000 bonus units.

Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino
Niagara Falls
Benefiting Community Missions of Niagara Frontier
Event details: Jan. 1-31. Players get one entry into a “Top of the List for a Year” drawing at 5 p.m. Jan. 31 for every food item they donate.

NORTH CAROLINA
Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee
Benefiting Community Table of Jackson County
Event details: 7 p.m. Jan. 19. $100 buy-in no-limit tournament and players get an additional 10,000 units for making a $20 donation.

OHIO
JACK Cleveland Casino
Cleveland
Benefiting Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Event details: Noon, Jan. 14 & 15. $90 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournaments with $10 optional bonus buy and $10,000 guaranteed prize pool. For each food item donated, players get an additional 3,000 units up to a maximum of five items.

Shark Tank Poker Club
Columbus
Benefiting Mid-Ohio Foodbank
Event details Noon Jan. 15. $130 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. Players get 5,000 bonus units for donating at least three food items, and Shark Tank will donate $5 of every entry.

OREGON
Bend Poker Room
Bend
Benefiting Bethlehem Inn
Event details: 1 and 6 p.m., Jan. 15. Players get bonus units for donating a food item or cash. Both tournaments will also have an add-on that will go to the benefiting charity. Also, every Friday in January players will get bonus units for donating food items or cash.

WISCONSIN
Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
Baraboo
Benefiting Central Wisconsin Community Action Council
Event details: 1 p.m., Jan. 14. $85 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament with optional $5 add-on. Players get 500 bonus units for each food item donated, up to a maximum of 5,000 units.

SPONSORS

Check back often to see which sponsors have been added!
To sponsor an event, contact Scott Long at 727.331.4335 or scott@anteupmagazine.com.

T-SHIRTS

Order your official Restock the Shelves T-shirts in four colors from Kicker Problem! $5 from each shirt will be donated to the Nevada SPCA, because doggies need to eat, too!

CONTACT

Scott Long
scott@anteupmagazine.com
727.331.4335

Restock the Shelves 2017

Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Pinetop, Arizona
The casino held two tournaments, adding $1,000 to the prize pool for each and gave players extra chips and raffle tickets for donating up to five food items to the Love Kitchen and United Food Bank. Players donated 250 cans.

Harrah’s Southern California
Valley Center, California
Players brought in food items throughout January and 50 food items were donated to the San Diego Food Bank.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson, California
Players who donated a food item for any of three tournaments got 500-2,000 bonus chips, resulting in 127 items donated to the Interfaith Food Bank.

Livermore Casino
Livemore, California
Players donated food items to Tri-Valley Haven during two tournaments to get a bonus 1K units, and a 50-50 raffle sent half of the proceeds to Tri-Valley. The winner of the raffle donated, too. Ante Up volunteer Kathy Stahl was on hand for both events, serving as a bounty and selling raffle tickets. Livermore also raffled off some casino gear. All told, Tri-Valley received $600 and many shelves of food items.

Lucky Chances
Colma, California
Players who made a $20 donation got a bonus 3,000 units and those who donated a food item got 1,000 more. All told, $2,840 and 127 food items went to the North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City.

ParkWest Casino Sonoma
Petaluma, California
For the first two weeks of January, every player got a raffle ticket for great prizes for every food item they donated, with no maximum. Redwood Empire Food Bank received 480 food items from the promotion.

Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, California
Throughout January, players got 1,000 bonus units in any tournament Monday-Friday for donating a food item. More than 1,000 items were collected for the Temecula Pantry. “They will go a long way in helping us be a blessing to our neighbors,” said Randy Taylor of Temecula Pantry. “You continue to amaze and humble me with your generosity. Thank you just doesn’t seem to be an adequate response, but thank you nonetheless.”

Red Hawk Casino
Placerville, California
Players who donated $1 or a food item to the El Dorado County Food Bank got 2,000 chips. More than $111 and 37 pounds of food was collected.

Cool Mule Poker
Ontario, Canada
John Pratt knocked out Team Blue Shark Optics pro Steve Brydson to win a pair of Blue Shark Optics. Also, $420 and two large bags of food were donated to Churchill United Church Food Bank.

Orangeville Poker Tour
Ontario, Canada
Greg Hartwick knocked out Team Blue Shark Optics member Steve Kerr to win a pair of Blue Shark Optics as $90 and 142 food items were collected to benefit the Orangeville Food Bank.

Georgetown Poker
Ontario, Canada
Players donated food for the Salvation Army Oakville Community Church while competing to win seats in Fallsview Classic.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, Connecticut
Players raised more than $500 to support the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut during a tournament where the casino awarded five $200 satellite seats to a tourney for players who donated.

Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club
Daytona Beach, Florida
Players who donated $1 or a food item during any event in the Great American Poker Blizzard series got a raffle ticket to win a $330 championship-event seat, resulting in more than $500 and plenty of food items to be donated to the Jerry Doliner Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg, Florida
Players received 5,000 chips for donating two food items, resulting in more than 100 pounds of food donated to the Metropolitan Ministries.

Melbourne Greyhound Park
Melbourne, Florida
The Club 52 cardroom held a tournament and collected food daily, resulting in more than $500 worth of food and cash being donated to Daily Break Melbourne.

Miami Poker Society
Miami Beach, Florida
Alvin Ruangsomboon won the event at Lost Weekend in Miami Beach and a seat in a Las Vegas tournament, but the real winner was Curley’s House, which receive hundreds of food items from players.

Oxford Downs
Summerfield, Florida
Players and employees collected a couple hundred pounds of food to benefit Interfaith Emergency Services.

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, Florida
Players were asked to bring in food items during two tournaments, resulting in 75 pounds of food being donated to Feeding South Florida.

Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa, Florida
Ante Up publishers Scott Long and Christopher Cosenza and Blue Shark Optics founder Kerry Karoutsos oversaw a tournament and several raffles at this Tampa cardroom that raised $1,538 and collected 187 cans for the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center. Two dozen raffle prizes were donated by poker companies and local merchants, and players who donated a food item got a raffle ticket for an Ante Up Poker Cruise package, won by Ari Prostak.

Ameristar East Chicago
Hammond, Indiana
Ante Up Ambassador “Chicago” Joe Giertuga was on hand as more than 700 food items were collected for the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana during the Heartland Poker Tour event. Players got 2,000 bonus units for donating at least five food items.

Horseshoe Hammond Casino
Hammond, Indiana
Thanks to donations from players and a generous contribution from Ante Up Ambassador “Chicago” Joe Giertuga, $321 and 29 food items was collected to benefit Greater Hammond Community Services Inc.

Windy City Poker Championship
Tinley Park, Illinois
Players were encouraged to bring in food items during several events in January, resulting in more than 300 items being donated to the Sheridan Carroll Food Pantry. WCPC plans to continue to collect food at events once or twice a month all year.

Maryland Live
Hanover, Maryland
Players donated about 440 items and $640 for the Anne Arundel County Food and Resource Bank and got bonus units during a tournament.

Minneapolis Rounders
Minneapolis, Minnesota
The poker group asked players to donate two food items to Sharing and Caring Hands as more than 100 pounds of food was collected.

Running Aces Casino Racetrack
Columbus, Minnesota
The cardroom held a freeroll where players could get 3,000 more units for donating a food item. Family Pathways received $711 and 121 food items from the promotion.

FireKeepers Casino Hotel
Battle Creek, Michigan
Players got 200 more tournament chips for every food item they donated up to a maximum of five, and 1,000 more for making a $10 donation, resulting in $1,532 and 153 pounds of food being collected for the Food Bank of South Central Michigan.

Pearl River Resort
Choctaw, Mississippi
For six weeks, players who donated food items to the Mississippi United Methodist Chahta Mission got a raffle ticket and those who donated food items or cash during tournaments got 1,000 bonus chips. The twin promotions collected $1,200 and 600 pounds of food at the casino and garnered a news report on local TV station WTOK.

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino
Mescalaro, New Mexico
The casino gave players bonus tournament chips for donating up 10 food items, resulting in a plenty of donations for the Lincoln County Food Bank.

Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel
Niagara Falls, New York
Players who donated food items or cash got a Restock the Shelves T-shirt, and $303 and 300 food items were donated to the Community Mission of Niagara Frontier.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort
Cherokee, North Carolina
Players got tournament chips for making a donation to the Community Table of Jackson County and $2,131 was raised.

Kontenders USA
Cary, North Carolina
The league gave players 1,000 chips for each food item up to five they donated during the event at Break Time Billiards. United States Veterans Corps received 480 food items from the event.

Jack Cleveland Casino
Cleveland, Ohio
More than $6,000 and 1,000 cans of food, benefiting the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, were collected over the course of two sold-out tournaments at this Cleveland casino. “I’m so proud of our poker players and the generosity they showed for the Greater Cleveland Food Bank,” poker room manager Brian Weaver said. “Their donations will provide more than 26,000 meals to people in need. The players significantly exceeded our expectations and had a great time giving back. We’re already looking forward to next year.”

Bend Poker Room
Bend, Oregon
The poker room offered 1,000 bonus units for each food donation and 5,000 units for every $10 add-on. The 21 players collectively donated seven grocery bags of food items and $389 for the Bethlehem Inn.

Parx Casino
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Ante Up Ambassador Jo Kim was on hand as players were encouraged to donate cash or food items, resulting in $279 and 90 food items being donated to Bucks County Housing Group.

SugarHouse Casino
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Ante Up Ambassador Jo Kim was on hand as players were encouraged to donate cash or food items, resulting in $256 and 60 food items being donated to Philabundance.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
Baraboo, Wisconsin
Players got a 500 bonus units for every food item donated, up to a maximum of 10 donations at the casino, and 343 pounds of food was collected for the St. Vincent de Paul Baraboo Food Pantry. “People who didn't bring anything with them ran out to our convenience store to make their purchases,” director of poker Samantha Thomas said. “I was surprised and thrilled that so many people came out for a good cause considering the Packers were on.”

Elsewhere
Aside from the events in poker venues, Advanced Poker Training donate $5 to the Citizens for Social Justice Food Bank in Florida for every member who used a discount code. DesJgn Playing Cards donated sheets of uncut cards to some venues for prize giveaways and Kicker Problem designed and sold the official Restock the Shelves T-shirts, with profits benefitting SHARE in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and the Nevada SPCA in Las Vegas, so animals could be fed, too.

Restock the Shelves 2016

Harrah's Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino
Maricopa, Arizona
Thirty players donated more than 150 pounds of food for F.O.R. Maricopa in the $25 buy-in event that had a $500 guaranteed prize pool. Players got additional units for donating up to five food items.

Hon-Dah Resort Casino
Pinetop, Arizona
Twice the number of players who normally play the Monday night tournament turned out for the $30 event that had $300 in house money added. Players donated 124 cans of food for the Love Kitchen and got additional units for each can they donated up to a maximum of five. Donny Wauneka won the tournament.

Bankers Casino
Salinas, California
Players donating a food item or $5 to the Food Bank for Monterey County in the $65 event got an additional 2K units.

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
Jackson, California
The casino held three Restock the Shelves tournaments over the weekend, giving players 250 extra units, up to a max of 2K, for each food item donated in each event they entered, collecting 250 pounds of food for Interfaith Food Bank.

Lucky Chances Casino
Colma, California
The cardroom matched the $2,940 raised from players, for a total of $5,880 and 88 non-perishable food items to benefit the North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City. Players who donated $20 got an 2K extra units in the $120 tournament, while players donated a non-perishable food item received 1K units.

Park West Casino Sonoma
Petaluma, California
The casino donated the house fee from the $140 progressive bounty event and put up a number of raffle prizes, including a 50-inch TV, golf package and a $100 gift card, in two separate drawings. In the first, players got a ticket for every food item they donated, with no maximum, and got extra units in the tournaments for up two donation. In the second, casino employees got a ticket for every item they donated. The casino’s generosity resulted in $750 and an astounding 4,500 food items donated to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, California
Ante Up Ambassador Kittie Aleman was on hand as the casino held two tournaments, giving players a $5 discount on the entry fee in each for making a donation to the Temecula Food Pantry. Randy Taylor, director of the food bank, said the 60 pounds of food collected could feed 55 people.

Cool Mule Poker
Thornton, Ontario
A miserable, snowy night kept all but the most hardy of players away, but those 20 or so who made it to the Last Shot helped Thornton Community Food Bank in a big way with $60 and two big boxes of food. Steve Brydson, who had a $20 bounty on his head, won the event and donated the bounty to the food bank.

Orangeville Poker Tour
Orangeville, Ontario
Players in the event got units for donating to Orangeville Food Bank, resulting in a collection of $190 and nearly 150 pounds of food. Team Blue Shark Optics member Steven Kerr outlasted Team Ante Up representative Gregory Hartwick in the event, so Hartwick donated an additional $100.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashuntucket, Connecticut
Ken Allard represented Team Ante Up at the $300 event where the casino held a raffle with five $200 satellite seats awarded to players who made a cash or food donation. The United Way of Southeastern Connecticut said the amount collected, combined with the help of other supporters, will provide 5,200 meals.

bestbet Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida
Nearly 150 college students turned out for the $40 event, which was won by Khanna Rahul of Campbell University at the poker room. All players who donated a food item to benefit the Mandarin Food Bank at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church received a raffle ticket for more than $1,500 in prizes, resulting in 46 items being donated.

Daytona Beach Kennel Club
Daytona Beach, Florida
Players participating in the $150 Great American Poker Tour Blizzard $50K guarantee in the poker room got one raffle ticket for each food item or $1 they donated for a drawing to win a $330 Great American Poker Tour Championship seat. More than 500 pounds of food was collected for the Jerry Doliner Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg, Florida
Ante Up publisher Chris Cosenza donated more than a dozen non-perishable food items and was on hand for the event. Ante Up ambassador Andrew Malowitz and Blue Shark Optics representative Sam Medina Jr. renewed last year’s battle in a field of 148 players at the poker room. Players who donated a non-perishable food item to Metropolitan Ministries got 5K units, resulting in 130 cans of food being collected. Derby Lane chipped in a $500 prize for the high hand in Level 7.

Miami Poker Society
Miami Beach, Florida
Playboy Bunny and poker pro Edina Pantinchin not only brought canned goods to donate, but final-tabled both of the free events at Haven Lounge. But it was Hal Pawluk who won the entry in the Bar Poker Open $100K National Championship. Players earned extra units for donating a non-perishable food item to Curley’s House, which received more than 400 food items.

Tampa Bay Downs and TGT Poker & Racebook
Tampa, Florida
The sister rooms ran three events, giving players 1K units for donating $5 or a non-perishable food item to the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Food Center. Ante Up publisher Scott Long, who played in the night event at Tampa Bay Downs, delivered the $405 and canned goods to the charity and donated an additional $100.

Rockford Charitable Games
Rockford, Illinois
Players in the $150 event got 1K units for donating five non-perishable food items or $5 to the American Legion, resulting in $345 and 30 cans being donated.

Windy City Poker Championship
Tinley Park, Illinois
The Chicago-area charity series held three events with various buy-ins, giving players 5K units in each for donating at least two food items for Shady Oaks Camp. A total of 180 food items were donated.

Horseshoe Hammond Casino
Hammond, Indiana
More than 200 players, including Ante Up ambassador “Chicago” Joe Giertuga and Team Blue Shark Optics representative Steven Cannizzo, turned out for the Chicago Poker Classic event that had three main-event seats added to the prize pool at the casino. Nearly 100 pounds of food and $132 were collected to benefit the Hammond Food Pantry.

Running Aces Card Club
Columbus, Minnesota
Ante Up ambassador John Somsky and Jay Phillips of KickerProblem.com, who created and sold the official Restock the Shelves T-shirts, were on hand as the freeroll attracted 223 entrants at the poker room. Players got 5K units for donating a food item or $5, and $911 and 163 pounds of food was collected for Family Pathways. Running Aces added some tournament seats to the prize pool and Lee Surma won the event.

Pearl River Resort
Choctaw, Mississippi
“The Pearl River poker players are some of the most generous people I know,” Pearl River poker room manager Denise Dahl said. “We collected 800 to 1,000 food items, plus cash donations.” Pearl River held five drawings for $100 each, and players could get up to five raffle tickets a day by bringing food items, and got 1K units in any tournament when they donated a food item to the Mississippi United Methodist Church, Chahta Mission. “This donation means a great deal to the Choctaw people, especially the people we service,” said Patricia Battle, Missions administrator. “We served over 200 families last year. We look forward to this food going to a great cause.”

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino
Mescalero, New Mexico
Ante Up ambassador Mary Bradley was on hand as Rodolfo Samarripas and Richard Bowles chopped first place in the $50 event at the casino, where players got units for donating up to three cans of food to the Lincoln County Food Bank. Player Don McEndree donated $100 to the cause as well.

Harrah's Cherokee Hotel & Casino
Cherokee, North Carolina
More than 100 players turned out for the event that featured $20 donation add-ons, meaning the Community Table of Jackson County received $1,975 and 275 food items.

Knockout Poker USA
Cary, North Carolina
Former world champion Greg Raymer was the featured guest as more than 100 players turned out at Breaktime Billiards for the $10 donation event with rebuys, collecting more than 1,500 non-perishable food items and raising more than $2K to benefit the Help A Brother Out Food Bank and the U.S. Veterans Corps. Players got 1K units for every food item they donated, up to a maximum of 15, with plenty of prizes, including a TV, hockey tickets and more, donated by sponsors.

Shark Tank Poker Club
Columbus, Ohio
The poker club had more than 60 players participate in the $60 event, where players got 1K units for every food item they donated, up to a maximum of 10. Shark Tank dealer Aaron Burbacher, representing Team Blue Shark Optics, won the last longer bet against Team Ante Up representative Jason Parsons, meaning Parsons donated an additional 50 cans of food. The event collected 685 cans and $260, and with the help of the Columbus Police Department, located three homeless camps in the woods of Columbus. The group, which included Sheldon White, Dave Gatluff, Aaron Burbacher, Jason and Quinn Parsons, Shaun and Justine Greenwood and Brad Doughman, distributed to food and money to homeless living in tents in the camps in freezing temperatures, and they reported all recipients were appreciative and overwhelmed by the generosity.

Parx Casino
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Nearly 100 players, including Ante Up ambassador Jo Kim, participated in the $120 event, which was won by Joseph Grant. All players who donated a non-perishable food item to the Bensalem Methodist Church received Parx Casino merchandise from the casino.

Lucky Poker League
Chesapeake, Virginia
Nine players donated a total of $25 and 25 food items to the Food Bank of Southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore at the free event at Winston’s Raw Bar and Restaurant. Players got drawing tickets for their donations and two winners will get silk-screen shirts as prizes.

Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Despite sub-zero temperatures and other events in the area, 275 pounds of food was collected for the Central Wisconsin Community Action Center Inc. Players who donated food items were given 500 units, up to a maximum of 5K units, at the casino.

Restock the Shelves 2015

Jackson Rancheria Casino
Jackson, California
Players who donated a can of food to Interfaith Food Bank got an additional 500 units in the tournament. Lead poker supervisor Carl Jackson on the fly let players who donated up to three more cans 500 units for each of the additional cans, an offer so enticing that one player ran to the store to buy cans for five players.

Running Aces Card Club
Columbus, Minnesota
The card club gave players the option of $5 add-on, with all proceeds going to Family Pathways. The cash raised was in addition to food players brought strictly from the goodness of their heart for the event. Tony Burgoyne was the winner.

Livermore Casino
Livermore, California
Ante Up fan Kathy Stahl showed her personality and sales skills by chatting up players and selling raffle tickets, which helped raise a ton of money for Tri-Valley Haven, and she and Team Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Greg White put bounties on their heads to be split between Tri-Valley and the player who knocked them out. Livermore sold $5 raffle tickets with the proceeds split between the charity and the winner, and gave out Livermore merchandise to players.

101 Casino
Petaluma, California
Hold’em Radio broadcasted live from the event, which collected donations for Redwood Empire Food Bank. Jon Ardell and Dwight Espensen chopped heads-up and Ante Up Ambassador Garrett Roth and Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Greg White played, too.

Lucky Chances
Colma, California
Lucky Chances donated $10 for every player who participated, on top of the cash and food donations from the players themselves, to benefit the North Peninsula Food Pantry and Dining Center of Daly City.

Foxwoods Resort Casino
Mashantucket, Connecticut
The casino upped the ante, entering all players who made a cash donation into a drawing that awarded 10 $200 super-satellite seats to the poker room’s next major event. United Way of Southeastern Connecticut was able to use the donated cash and leverage its relationships with other food organizations to multiply the benefit by more than seven times.

Red Hawk Casino
Placerville, California
The Twin Lakes Food Bank was the beneficiary of this event, which saw Mitch Crow (Team Ante Up) outlast Rick Weissman (Team Blue Shark Optics) in the last-longer challenge.

Shark Tank Poker Club
Columbus, Ohio
Sheldon White “really put his heart into this one,” said organizer Joe Abrams, and it showed with many boxes overflowing with food headed to the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Players got 1,000 units for each can they donated up to a maximum of 10, and Abrams, representing Team Blue Shark, lost the last-longer bet with Ante Up rep Nathan Bugard to donate 100 more cans. Chili Verde Cafe provided food for all players.

Derby Lane
St. Petersburg, Florida
Bryan Oulton of PPC Aruba won the event, which raised heaping bins of food for Metropolitan Ministries thanks to additional chips being given to players who donated a can of food. He then drove to Tampa Bay Downs, where he was hosting a PPC event, and made a sizable food donation to that event’s beneficiary. Back at Derby, Ante Up Ambassador Andrew Malowitz and Blue Sharks Optics rep Sam Medina had bounties on their heads of custom Derby Lane hats and jackets from Poker Joker Gear. Oulton also won a spot on Derby Lane’s Gasparilla parade float and another lucky player got an Ante Up Poker Cruise package.

Horseshoe Bossier City Hotel and Casino
Bossier City, Louisiana
Every player who participated made a donation to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, no doubt encouraged to do so by the fact that they got to double their starting stack and were entered into a drawing for a $120 tournament seat for doing so.

Daytona Beach Kennel Club
Daytona Beach, Florida
Jim White was the winner of the event that benefited the Jerry Doliner Food Bank. Players donated cans of food and had the option to take a $5 add-on for more units and entry into a raffle for prizes.

Tampa Bay Downs
Tampa, Florida
The seeds of the Restock the Shelves initiative were planted over a dinner one summer night with Ante Up’s Scott Long and Blue Shark Optics founder Kerry Karoutsos, who were on hand for Tampa Bay Downs event. The poker room gave extra chips to players who made donations to the Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center in the 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. PPC Aruba events. Karoutsos made an additional donation of $100 for losing a last-longer bet with Long, who matched the $100 donation.

Isle Casino Hotel Bettendorf
Bettendorf, Iowa
Freezing rain kept many players away, but River Bend Food Bank still received plenty of donated food to help Iowans in need.

Parx Casino
Bensalem, Pennsylvania
The casino rewarded players by giving away merchandise to those who donated to benefit the Penndel Community Food Pantry. Moe Farah won the event and Ante Up Atlantic City-Philadelphia Ambassador Jo Kim said players had a good time trying to get the bounty on her head. She was knocked out 22nd.

Cool Mule Poker
Ontario, Canada
Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Steve Brydson hosted a series of events with the player who knocked him out in receiving a gift certificate from location host Last Shot Bar & Grill. Donations benefited the Thornton Food Bank.

Bankers Casino
Salinas, California
Generous players raised money for the Monterey County Food Bank.

Miami Poker Society
Miami Beach, Florida
Stacks of cans were collected for Curly’s House of Style at Haven Lounge, where Dave Reyment also won a seat in a World Series of Poker qualifier.

1 Move Poker
Indian Trail, North Carolina
Blue Shark Optics pros Erik Gorman, Evan Grizzard and Clinton Cartwright joined Team Ante Up volunteers Chris Shaw, Brian Zarroff and David Harper to help lead the event at Bonfire Bar & Grill to benefit Operation Reach Out, with Harper outlasting all of them.

Pearl River Resort and Casinos
Choctaw, Mississippi
The New Choctaw Baptist Association will be able to feed plenty of hungry people thanks to strong incentives for players to donate. Pearl River collected donations for 12 hours, giving players an additional 1,000 units for contributing, as well as a raffle ticket for each of up to five food items donated, with winners getting $100 in casino chips if playing in cash games afterward.

Little Creek Casino Resort
Shelton, Washington
While Restock the Shelves takes place once a year, Little Creek collects donations of food for local food bank every Thursday night, giving players bonus chips for contributing. The haul usually generates 500 to 1,000 pounds of food a month. For this event, four players chopped the prize pool for $1K each.

Harrah’s Cherokee
Cherokee, North Carolina
Players supporting the Manna Food Bank received an additional 1,000 units and we’re eligible for a World Series of Poker Circuit qualifier entry donated by Chip Bully Poker.

Orangeville Poker Tour
Ontario, Canada
Blue Shark Optics Team Pro Steven Kerr might be regretting recruiting World Series bracelet-winner Kirk "Pudge" Caldwell to play for Team Ante Up in the local "last longer" competition … if this wasn’t for a good cause. Caldwell lasted longer than Kerr, meaning Kerr had to donate an additional $100 to the Orangeville Food Bank, which received plenty of other cash and food donations from generous players.

Coushatta Casino Resort
Kinder, Louisiana
A sizable donation was made to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, thanks to the entire $20 buy-in going to charity, plus a dealer donating her tips and tournament director Danny Wade donating his pay for the night. The final table chopped the prize pool, with Blue Shark Optics rep Greg Besse outchipping Coushatta’s Randall Litteral in their last-longer competition.

Georgetown Poker
Ontario, Canada
Thanks to PartyPoker, all participants received a prize in the event that benefited the Salvation Army Oakville. Tim Silman, representing Team Ante Up, won the event and a $1,100 seat in a World Poker Tour Fallsview event, and Buddy Villaluz, representing Blue Shark Optics, finished fourth.

Advanced Poker Training and HogWild Poker Leagues
Online
Hundreds of players who couldn’t make it to a live Restock the Shelves event signed up to play in one of the two free online events hosted by Advanced Poker Training and HogWild Poker Leagues. Players in each were asked to make a donation on the honor system to Feeding America, which distributes donations to food banks near the donor’s home. They competed for a bevy of prizes provided by Advanced Poker Training, HogWild Poker Leagues and more than a dozen other sponsors. On Tilt Radio broadcast the HogWild Poker League event live.

Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada
Carolyn Wayne, an Ante Up Magazine fan who just wanted to help out Three Square, finished fifth in the poker tournament. Planet Hollywood had a donation drum available for several days before the event to collect as many donations as possible.

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Volunteers
Garrett Roth, Greg White, Kathy Stahl, Mitch Crowe, Kenny (Quoc) Nguyen, Steve Brydson, Tim Silman, Buddy Villaluz, Steven Kerr, Jason Richeda, Warren Schreiber, Scott Frank, Andrew Malowitz, Sam Medina, Randall Litteral, Gregory Besse, John Somsky, Chris “Fox” Wallace, Carolyn Wayne, Nathan Dowland, Clinton Cartwright, Joe Abrams, Jo Kim, Robert Kelly and Ted Leahy.