Restock the Shelves

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HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

On January 16, 2017, 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. All we ask of venues is to designate one of their existing Jan. 16 tournaments as a "Restock The Shelves" event 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
Maricopa
Benefiting charity: F.O.R. Maricopa
Event details: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Buy-in is five food items for 3,000 units, and players can add 500-5,000 units with donations of up to five more food items, and a $10 dealer appreciation will add 2,000 more units. $600 prize pool.

HON-DAH RESORT CASINO
Pinetop
Benefiting charity: The Love Kitchen and United Food Bank
Event details: Jan. 9 and Jan. 16. $30 buy-in for 2,000 units. $1,000 added to the prize pool ($800 for the prize pool, $100 for the high hand and two $50 mystery bounties). Players will get additional units for donating up to five food items (500 for one, 1,000 for two, 2,000 for three, 3,000 for four and 4,000 for five). Each entrant also gets a raffle ticket for a special Hon-Dah prize.

CALIFORNIA
HARRAH'S SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Valley Center
Benefiting charity: San Diego Food Bank
Event details: Players are encouraged to donate food items throughout January in a bin in the poker room.

JACKSON RANCHIERA CASINO RESORT
Jackson
Benefiting charity: Interfaith Food Bank
Event details: 11 a.m. Jan. 13, 11 a.m. Jan. 14 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16. Players get an additional 500 units up to a maximum of 2,000 for donating food items in tournaments each day.

LIVERMORE CASINO
Livermore
Benefiting charity: Tri-Valley Haven
Event details: 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Donations of food items taken during both tournaments.

LUCKY CHANCES
Colma
Benefiting charity: North Peninsula Food Pantry & Dining Center of Daly City
Event details: 9:30 a.m., Jan. 16. $120 buy-in for 8,000 units. A $20 optional donation gets 3,000 more units, and a food item donation gets 1,000 more. First place is guaranteed $4,000.

PARKWEST CASINO SONOMA
Petaluma
Benefiting charity: Redwood Empire Food Bank
Event details: From Jan. 1-16, players get a raffle ticket for every food item donated - no maximum.

PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO
Temecula
Benefiting charity: Temecula Pantry
Event details: Players who donate a food item will get 1,000 bonus units for any tournament Monday-Friday in January.

RED HAWK CASINO
Placerville
Benefiting charity: El Dorado County Food Bank
Event details: 6:15 p.m. Jan. 16 (registration begin at 5:15 p.m.) $60 buy-in (first 12 players to register get 1,000 bonus chips). Players who donate a minimum of $1 or a food item get 2,000 bonus chips

CANADA
COOL MULE POKER
Benefiting charity: Churchill United Church Food Bank
Event details: 11 a.m. Jan. 22. Players who donate $20 will have the opportunity to knock out Blue Shark Optics Team Member Steve Brydson and if they do so, they will receive a pair of Blue Shark Optics glasses of their choice.

GEORGETOWN POKER
Georgetown, Ontario
Benefiting charity: Salvation Army Oakville Community Church
Event details: Players donating at least one food item during satellite events for the Fallsview Classic that start Dec. 3 will be eligible for prizes donated by Georgetown Poker.

ORANGEVILLE POKER TOUR
Orangeville
Benefiting charity: Orangeville Food Bank
Event details: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 20. $85 buy-in, with optional add-on for a donation of one food item or $15. Knock Steve Kerr out of the tournament and win a pair of Blue Shark Optics.

CONNECTICUT
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
Mashantucket
Benefiting charity: United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
Event details: 11 a.m. Jan. 16. $300 buy-in no-limit Big Stack. Five $200 Mega Satellite seats for the Feb. 18 $1,100 buy-in tournament will be given away.

FLORIDA
DAYTONA BEACH KENNEL CLUB
Daytona Beach
Benefiting charities: Jerry Doliner Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society
Event details: Jan. 14-21. Donate $1 or a food item during any event in The Great American Poker Blizzard Tournament series and get a raffle ticket to win a $330 Championship event seat.

DERBY LANE
St. Petersburg
Benefiting charity: Metropolitan Ministries
Event details: 1 p.m. Jan. 16. $80 buy-in with $3,000 guaranteed. 10,000 units with an additional 5,000 for players who donate two food items. $5 add-on for 5,000 more units.

MELBOURNE GREYHOUND PARK/CLUB 52
Melbourne
Benefiting charity: Daily Bread Melbourne
Event details: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. $60 buy-in and 6,000 starting units. In addition, food items will be collected daily through Jan. 16.

MIAMI POKER SOCIETY
Miami
Benefiting charity: Curley's House
Event details: 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Lost Weekend in Miami Beach. Each food item gets players 10 additional units. Winner gets seat in Miami Poker Society Final Table.

OXFORD DOWNS
Summerfield
Benefiting charity: Interfaith Emergency Services
Event details: Players are urged to donate food items from now through Jan. 14.

SEMINOLE CASINO COCONUT CREEK
Coconut Creek
Benefiting charity: Feeding South Florida
Event details: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 17. (Day 2 on Dec. 18). $80 buy-in, $25,000 guaranteed. Players are asked to bring food items to donate.

TAMPA BAY DOWNS
Tampa
Benefiting charity: Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center
Event details: 6 p.m. Jan. 16. $100 buy-in with optional add-ons, which go to the charity, as will all proceeds from raffles of more than $1,000 worth of prizes. Additionally, get one raffle ticket for every food item donated for a separate drawing for an Ante Up Poker Cruise package.

TGT POKER
Tampa
Benefiting charity: Mattie Williams Neighborhood Family Center
Event details: Players will get a raffle ticket for each food item donated. A drawing on Jan. 16 at Tampa Bay Downs will award one Ante Up Poker Cruise package.

ILLINOIS
WINDY CITY POKER CHAMPIONSHIP
Benefiting charity: Tim Early Foundation and Sheridan Carroll Food Pantry
Event details: Jan. 21. More details to be announced.

INDIANA
HEARTLAND POKER TOUR/AMERISTAR EAST CHICAGO
East Chicago
Benefiting charity: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
Event details: Noon, Jan. 16. $200 buy-in bounty event ($50 bounties, $10,000 guaranteed prize pool). Players start with 12,000 units and get an additional 2,000 units for a donation of at least five food items.

HORSESHOE HAMMOND CASINO
Hammond
Benefiting charity: Greater Hammond Community Services Inc.
Event details: 12:15 p.m. Jan. 23. $50 buy-in, $4,000 guaranteed with two $680 Winter Warm-Up Main Event seats added. Players encouraged to bring food items to donate.

MARYLAND
MARYLAND LIVE! CASINO
Hanover
Benefiting charity: Anne Arundel County Food ​and Resource Bank
Event details: 7:15 p.m. Jan. 9. $8,000 guaranteed tournament. $150 buy-in and $50 bounties. Players get a bonus 1,000 units for each food item donated, up to a maximum of 10.

MICHIGAN
FIREKEEPERS CASINO HOTEL
Battle Creek
Benefiting charity: Food Bank of South Central Michigan
Event details: Noon and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16. $40 buy-in for each tournament for 5,000 units, with an additional 200 units for each food item donated up to a maximum of five, and an additional 1,000 units for a $10 donation.

MINNESOTA
MINNEAPOLIS ROUNDERS
Minneapolis
Benefiting charity: Aeon
Event details: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. $10 buy-in with unlimited rebuys and one $20 mega add-on. Players are asked to bring two non-perishable food items.

RUNNING ACES CASINO RACETRACK
Columbus
Benefiting charity: Family Pathways
Event details:6 p.m. Jan. 16. Freeroll, with players having the option of making up to five $10 add-ons for 5,000 additional units each, plus an additional 3,000 units for donating a food item.

MISSISSIPPI
PEARL RIVER RESORT
Choctaw
Benefiting charity: Mississippi United Methodist, Chahta Mission
Event details: Dec. 1-Jan. 16. Starting Dec. 1, players will get one drawing ticket for every non-perishable food item donated (five maximum per day). Two drawings will be held Jan. 16, with five winners in the first each receiving $100 and four winners in the second winning one a tournament entry worth $35-$125. Tournament players donating one non-perishable food item or $5 will receive 1,000 bonus units for any tournament from Dec. 2-Jan. 16.

NEW MEXICO
INN OF THE MOUNTAIN GODS RESORT AND CASINO
Mescalero
Benefiting charity: Lincoln County Food Bank
Event details: 6 p.m. Jan. 16. $50 buy-in. Donate three food items for 500 additional units, five food items for 1,000 additional units and 10 food items for 2,500 additional units.

NEW YORK
SENECA NIAGARA CASINO & HOTEL
Niagara Falls
Benefiting charity: Community Missions of Niagara Frontier
Event details: Players who bring in five food items or make a small donation on Jan. 16 will get a Restock the Shelves T-shirt. There will be $5,000 in cash giveaways from 9 a.m. to noon, with lunch served at 1 p.m.

NORTH CAROLINA
HARRAH'S CHEROKEE CASINO RESORT
Cherokee
Benefiting charity: The Community Table of Jackson County
Event details: 7 p.m. Jan. 16. $80 buy-in for 4,000 units. Optional $20 add-on gets an additional 6,000 units.

KONTENDERS USA
Cary
Benefiting charity: United States Veterans Corps
Event details: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Break Time Billiards. Suggested donation is $20 for 10,000 units with unlimited rebuys until the first break. Get an additional 1,000 units for each food item donated up to a maximum of five. Special Blue Shark Optics prize package for knocking out the Blue Shark Optics pro.

OHIO
JACK CLEVELAND CASINO
Cleveland
Benefiting charity: Greater Cleveland Food Bank
Event details: Noon and 7 p.m. Jan. 16. Players in the $100 noon tournament start with 15,000 units and will get 3,000 bonus units for each food item donated, up to a maximum of five. Players in the $60 buy-in 7 p.m. tournament will get 15,000 units and can add 3,000 units with a $20 add-on. Players can an additional 3,000 units for each $20 donation, up to a maximum of five. This tournament is a celebrity event with $250 bounties and $2,500 will be added to the prize pool.

OREGON
BEND POKER ROOM
Bend
Benefiting charity: Bethlehem Inn
Event details: 1 p.m. Jan. 16. $40 buy-in for 10,000 units with one live rebuy anytime in the first hour. 1,000 bonus units for cash or food donation $10 add-ons for 5,000 in units, with all add-on money going to charity.

PENNSYLVANIA
PARX CASINO
Bensalem
Benefiting charity: Bucks County Housing Group
Event details: 7:15 p.m. Jan. 17 ($120 buy-in). Players are urged to bring food items to donate.

SUGARHOUSE CASINO
Philadelphia
Benefiting charity: Philabundance
Event details: Noon Jan. 15 ($1,100 buy-in) and 7:15 p.m. Jan. 16 ($100 buy-in). Players are urged to bring food items to donate.

WISCONSIN
HO-CHUNK GAMING WISCONSIN DELLS
Baraboo
Benefiting charity: St. Vincent de Paul Baraboo Food Pantry
Event details: 1 p.m. Jan. 15. $85 buy-in for 13,000 units with optional $5 add-on for 2,000 additional units. Get 500 additional units for each food item donated, up to a maximum of 5,000.

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.

ADVANCED POKER TRAINING Donating $5 to the Citizens for Social Justice food bank every time the discount code NEWYEAR2017 is used on this site.
DESJGN PLAYING CARDS
Donating an uncut sheet of playing cards to each host venue upon request to award as they wish.
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T-SHIRTS

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CONTACT

To host an event, volunteer for Team Ante Up or for general questions
Scott Long
scott@anteupmagazine.com
727.331.4335

To sponsor the event, donate a prize or volunteer for Team Blue Shark Optics
Kerry Karoutsos
kerry@bluesharkoptics.com

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.

Sponsors
Benton Blount, Best Poker Stuff, Bustout Poker, Chip Bully Poker, Chris “Fox” Wallace, Council Oaks Steakhouse, Deeg Poker, Double Up Pokerwear, Fossilman Poker Training, Grinder Gear, Heads Up Poker Gear, High Roller Clothing, Hold’em Radio, Ken Lo, Off Tilt Custom Poker Tables, Poker Joker Gear, PokerRadius.Com.

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.