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Aces Up!

A few pics from the annual Aces Up! tournament, held at the Wit Hotel in Chicago last week. We raised more than $100,000 for the Urban Prep academies.


Your hosts for the evening: Ill. State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Urban Prep’s Tim King, RR, and former Chicago Bear and Notre Damer Chris Zorich.



Former Chicago Bear (and avid poker player) Jerry Azumah apparently believes if you sing to your cards, they’ll improve…


After knocking a guy out of the tournament, I tell him, “Good game, you played well, I got lucky, yada yada yada…”


I don’t know what’s happening here, but I’m fairly certain it’s not a standard part of any Hold ’em tournament.


With Susan Carlson of CBS-2 and Natalie Martinez of NBC-5.


Illinois State Treasurer (and U.S. Senate candidate) Alexi Giannoulias.

6 Responses to “Aces Up!”

  1. Nelson Says:

    Richard, I am an avid poker player and you would not stand a chance against me. How come you never play in the World Series of Poker??? You have the money to do it, so how come you don’t play in it??? You say you love poker, I want to see you on TV playing. Lou Diamond Phillips made it pretty far this year. Do you play online at all?

  2. Jerry U Says:

    I think it’s pretty cool that you donate a large chunk of your time participating in various charities.

  3. Elphie's twin Says:

    Poker and free drinks for a good cause? Works for me. Looks like fun!

  4. suzyq917 Says:

    How much of the state’s college fund did Alexei Giannoulias toss in?

  5. Nick Oleksiw Says:

    Is that blondie your girlfriend, Rich? She’s a keeper.

  6. Nick Oleksiw Says:

    (the one with the hand on your leg when you knock out the guy [in poker] )

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