Prevent Cancer Foundation® gets lucky at Bad Beat on Cancer Poker Tournament

Texas Hold’Em charity tournament raises $241,000

Published on November 19, 2018

Updated on December 6, 2018

Prevent Cancer Foundation® gets lucky at Bad Beat on Cancer Poker Tournament


New York. – On Thursday, November 8, more than 200 players and spectators came together for cancer prevention at Michele and Drew Figdor’s 8th Bad Beat on Cancer Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament. The event raised a record $241,000 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation®, which will fund a melanoma research grant in memory of Drew’s father, Sanford Figdor, who passed away from the disease.

Tournament Director Phil Gordon, World Poker Tour Champion and former host of Bravo TV’s Celebrity Poker Showdown, kicked off the event. Gordon entertained the crowd and encouraged players to take advantage of rebuys add-ons to support the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. In addition to supporting the Foundation and earning bragging rights, the players competed for prizes, including seats at the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker Main Event. The three grand prize winners were Misha Botvinnik, Michael Ghorayeb and Joe Savino.

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis in the U.S., but also the most preventable. We are honored to be able to fund a melanoma research grant in memory of Sanford Figdor,” said Carolyn Aldigé, Founder and CEO of the Prevent Cancer Foundation®. “Thank you to everyone who participated in the event, and especially to our hosts Drew and Michele Figdor and Tournament Director Phil Gordon. Together, we can stop cancer before it starts.”

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About the Prevent Cancer Foundation®
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is one of the nation’s leading voluntary health organizations and the only U.S. nonprofit organization focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, it has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfills its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy.

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