Foundation Bad Beat on Cancer Wins Big After World Series of Poker’s Main Event

Published on November 11, 2010

November 11, 2010

Cheryssa Jensen
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ALEXANDRIA, VA – World Series of Poker contenders John Racener and Soi Nguyen were not bluffing when they pledged to donate a portion of their winnings to the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Bad Beat on Cancer™ (BBoC). Nguyen and Racener made it to the “November Nine,” where they placed second and ninth in the final 2010 event at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Their combined pledges total over $18,000, which will help further cancer prevention research, education, and nation-wide community outreach.

The World Series of Poker, the world’s most competitive poker tournament, commenced on July 5th with over 7,000 starting players. The final nine played in the Main Event this weekend, battling for the championship title. Thirty-nine year old amateur player Nguyen, the oldest contender at the table, finished the competition last Saturday in ninth place, winning over $800,000. Twenty-four year old Racener battled Jonathan Duhamel for the World Championship on Monday night, taking away over $5 million in second place.

“We are thrilled about John and Soi’s success in the WSOP, and we congratulate them on their expert poker playing skills,” said Jan Bresch, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. “Because of their pledge to BBoC, it is not only a win for them, but a win for the Foundation and cancer prevention and early detection.”

Since its inception in 2004, the Bad Beat on Cancer™ initiative has raised over $3.2 million to fund the Foundation’s efforts in the areas of cancer research, education and community outreach. Poker pros and amateurs alike have taken the BBoC pledge to donate 1% of their winnings to the Prevent Cancer Foundation. BBoC tournaments have been staged nationwide in New York, Los Angeles and Houston. If you’re interested in holding a BBoC tournament or poker game in your community to benefit the Prevent Cancer Foundation, visit: for more information. The best way to beat cancer is #2preventcancer – learn more by going to and follow @preventcancer.

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About The Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.

Since its inception the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided more than $120 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs across the country. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to more than 400 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit


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