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Poker Players Raise Stakes at Charity Texas Hold 'em Tournament

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Hundreds of poker players put their skills to the test in Charlottesville Saturday and raised money to help battle cancer at the same time.

The fourth annual Cavaliers Against Cancer Charity Texas Hold 'em Tournament featured its biggest face-off so far.

The event featured competitors from all levels coming together to give back to a good cause. All proceeds go to a Memorial Fellowship named after physician Rebecca Harris, a woman her family says had a passion for her work.

Sisters Kathryn Angus and Margaret Clary don't get their hands on the cards and chips of a poker game often but they joined close to 200 other competitors at John Paul Jones Arena to play in remembrance of their sister.

“She liked to have a lot of fun regardless of whatever she did, she was having a good time,” Angus said.

The tournament was broken up into three tiers, featuring a beginner, main, and high-stakes Texas Hold ’em match up.

“It's a lot of fun,” said Cavaliers Against Cancer co-founder Shawn Brydge. “It allows someone that's not so sure, like me, how to play very well to come out have a good time and not worry about sitting across from with sunglasses on and a low cut hat.”

Even though the top finishers got to take home thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes, they were able to put money towards a good cause.

“The research fellowship that we support is in the Immunology Department at the Cancer Center,” Brydge said. “They are doing amazing work by the next generation of cancer research to take the body's own immune system and alter it to help fight cancer rather than having to use chemo and radiation.”

“It's been fun, it's so great, and it's amazing the amount of money that they have raised,” Angus said.

The Cavaliers Against Cancer Poker Tournament has raised $30,000 since it started. They are hoping to raise $20,000 for the fellowship this year.

NBC29 was a proud sponsor of the event.

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