Ante Up for Autism: Special Event to Benefit TACA, October 20, 2007

July 21, 2010


Jenny McCarthy at Ante Up for Autism

The stakes have never been higher.
Help us bring a little luck to those who need it most.

Presented by TACA in partnership with the Orange County Business Group at The Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. All proceeds will benefit TACA.

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An Evening Featuring Tournament Poker

With Master of Ceremonies Jenny McCarthy, along with:

Other celebrity guests include actors Joe Mantegna, Cuba Gooding Jr., Clifton Collins Jr., and Jonathon Schaech as well as athletes Eric Dickerson, Brian Lopes, Chone Figgins, and Teemu Selanne.

General admission tickets are now sold out. Limited poker tournament tickets are available. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact us.

Casino Fun • Lounge Music • Celebrity Surprises • Silent Auction

Daniel Negreanu

Poker Champion Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu was born to Annie and Constantin on July 26th, 1974 in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Daniel’s parents moved to Canada after leaving Romania in hopes of giving their children better lives.

At the age of sixteen, Daniel discovered an affinity for gambling, pool hustling, and poker. These games, combined with his love for numbers and probability, quenched Daniel’s competitive thirst. After leaving high school one art credit short, Daniel was playing poker full time and with adults twice his age in various charity casinos and other gambling halls. Not only was Daniel playing in these games, but he was also winning on a consistent basis. As time pressed on Daniel’s bankroll grew.

Being one that always liked a competitive challenge, Daniel set his sights on the poker capital of the world – Las Vegas. When he turned 21, Daniel packed up his things, his bankroll, and came rolling down to The City of Lights. There he discovered that the glitzy casinos of Vegas were much different from the charity casinos in Toronto. Daniel lost his bankroll in Vegas and returned home to Toronto to rebuild what he had lost. Like a great champion, Daniel kept fighting, and he continued the cycle of winning in Toronto and then losing in Las Vegas.

Then, one day it all came together. Daniel figured out how to beat the tables in Las Vegas. He worked hard to plug the leaks in his game, spending hundreds of hours playing, studying, and working diligently to become one of the best. All of the hard work paid off. In 1997 Daniel was named best all around player at Foxwoods’ World Poker Final. In 1998, Daniel entered his very first World Series of Poker event. He won that $2,000 Pot Limit Hold ‘Em event, and at the age of 23, Daniel became the youngest player ever, at the time, to win a World Series of Poker bracelet. The win earned Daniel the nickname “Kid Poker.”

Daniel’s success continued, adding another World Series of Poker bracelet in 2003. This time Daniel demonstrated his all-around ability by winning the S.H.O.E bracelet. S.H.O.E. is a game that rotates in order: Seven Card Stud, Hold 'Em, Omaha Eights or Better and Stud Eights or Better.

Daniel had arguably the best year of his poker career in 2004. In that year, Daniel made 11 final tables, which includes two WPT victories (Borgata and Bellagio) and his third World Series of Poker bracelet in Limit Hold ‘Em. His total winnings that year amounted to a staggering $4,465,907. Aside from the recent WSOP Champion, Daniel has more career earnings in tournament poker than anyone in the world. Daniel’s excellent play throughout the year earned him both the World Series of Poker Player of the Year and Card Player Magazine Player of the Year titles. He was also named WPT Season 3 (2004-2005) Player of the Year.

Then in 2005, Daniel decided to broaden his horizons and moved into different business ventures. Daniel has contributed a chapter in Doyle Brunson’s Super System 2. Daniel signed on to write a poker book with Cardoza Publishing and is also set to release a poker instructional DVD. He is also promoting a poker vitamin that will help players remain relaxed and focused at a poker table. One of Daniel’s biggest ventures, coming in 2006, is his video game "Stacked with Daniel Negreanu." This video game will bring forth a new level of poker to all console and PC gamers. Daniel has also made numerous appearances on the Fox Sports Network, MTV and ESPN.

Daniel is arguably one of the best poker players in the world. His fun-loving personality and easy-going attitude make him a fan favorite among poker fans. Daniel currently lives in Las Vegas where he plays in some of the biggest cash games in the world.

Jim Everett

NFL Quarterback Jim Everett

Personal: Jim Everett is the CEO and President of Jim Everett Company, LLC. Born in 1963, Jim graduated from Purdue in 1985 with a BS degree in Industrial Management, minor in Computer Sciences.  Jim participated in the National Football League (NFL) as a quarterback for the next twelve years.  After retiring from the NFL in 1998, Jim pursued a graduate level education and received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA with honors) from Pepperdine University in 2000.   Following graduation, Jim became a Registered Investment Advisor and initiated his own firm in April of 2001.  Jim Everett Company is a California Registered Investment firm that provides Families, Trusts, Foundations and Corporations with disciplined, diversified and comprehensive asset management programs. Civically, through the Jim Everett Charity Foundation, Jim and his wife, Rachel, continue to help support the youth and underprivileged in their local community.

Football: Jim Everett retired in 1998 after 12 seasons as one of the NFL's most reliable quarterbacks.

After a senior season at Purdue in which he completed 285 of 450 passes for 3,651 yards, Everett finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 1986. He was selected by Houston in the first round (third overall) of the 1986 draft and was traded to the Rams in September 1986.   Within six weeks, he established himself as the Rams' starter, passing for at least 3,000 yards in five consecutive seasons (1988-92). He later increased his career total of 3,000-yard seasons to seven, tied for sixth in league history.

In 1989, Everett led the Rams to the NFC Championship Game, while becoming the first Rams' quarterback and eleventh in NFL history, to pass for more than 4,000 yards. His 4,310 yards ranked second in the league. In 1990, he became the first Rams quarterback to be selected to the Pro Bowl since Pat Haden in 1977.

In 1994, Everett signed with New Orleans. After two consecutive record breaking seasons, an injury in 1996 caused him to miss one game for the second time in his career, ending his string of 45 consecutive starts, then second among active quarterbacks. Everett was the Saints' recipient of the 1995 True Value Man of the Year award for his volunteer work and monetary contributions to the Louisiana Special Olympics.

In 1997, Everett signed with the San Diego Chargers and led them to a victory over Mike Ditka’s New Orleans Saints.  He retired after that season and is ranked twelfth in the NFL all-time with 34,380 yards and 2,805 career completions. He is ninth in league history with 202 touchdown passes.

As a student at El Dorado High School in Albuquerque, N.M., the multi-talented Everett, a four-year letterman in basketball, wrestling, golf, and football, led his football team to a 13-0 record as a senior during his first and only season as quarterback.

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari, Poker Magician

Antonio was born in Tehran, Iran before moving to the United States when he was only nine-years old.  During his college years, he saw a bartender perform a magic trick. He was so amazed by it that on the next day he went to the magic store and began to practice magic twelve hours a day until he mastered the art and became a professional magician. After a stint as a professional magician, Antonio turned to poker and now focuses on making his opponent’s chips disappear.  He still entertains people with his magic tricks on the side. Just 21 and not content with that precocious achievement, he next turned his attention to poker and now focuses on making his opponent’s chips disappear.

Antonio’s poker resume include one World Series of Poker bracelet, three WPT final tables, and over $2 million dollars in career tournament earnings.  Although this young wonder kid is living large, he hasn't forgotten his roots.  Immediately upon winning the L.A. Poker Classic, he shared his good fortune by giving a portion of his winnings to his dad to buy a new house.

Antonio is a natural showman who’s living the life of a poker superstar.  If you're ever at a major poker tournament and you see a crowd of stunned fans standing around “oohing and aahing", you can bet that Antonio's in the middle of that crowd, doing sick things with a deck of cards.  Antonio says, "I love the fact that I can mess with someone's head."

Antonio is host of his own TV show “I Bet You” with friend and fellow poker player Phil Laak. The show features fun prop bets between the two of them, and is currently filming it’s second season.

Antonio is also a featured columnist for Bluff Magazine and can also be found in the Activision World Series of Poker video game, where he is one the featured players in the game.

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