High-profile tournament players attending included professional poker players Cowboy Kenna James, Andy Bloch and Lee Childs; Senator Begich; former U.S. Senator Alfonse D'Amato; and U.S. Representatives Joe Barton, Cynthia Lummis, Tom Perriello, Nick Rahall, and Shelley Berkley. Tournament chairs were Ben Affleck, Kyle Petty and Montel Williams. (emphasis mine).Senator Begich (D-Alaska) came in second, losing a ticket to the World Series of Poker to an intern from the Pokers Player Alliance. It is rumored, however, that Begich might have lost on purpose.
Because inquiring minds wanted to know (read: me), I asked Rep. Perriello how he fared. He apparently finished middle of the pack, yet he was happy with his play. He had top pair on the flop with a possible flush draw. He hit the flush on either the turn or the river but lost to a higher flush. There you have it. That's journalism at its finest. And to editorialize, I'm happy that Rep. Perriello's uses his "down time" to promote and help a great cause.