On Jan 14th, 2017 the Golden State Warriors and the GSW Warriors Community Foundation hosted the 4th annual GSW Charity Poker Tournament, raising money to support education and youth development to promote thriving students, schools and communities. The glamourous event featured was presented by Joe Lacob, Nicole Curran, Chamath Palihapitiya, Bridgette Lau and hosted by 14 time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, and was held at the St. Regis in downtown San Francisco.
The unique format of the event saw the Golden State Warriors players spread out amongst the poker players, each with a bounty on their seats. Knock out a player, you get his signed jersey on the spot. This unique experience made each table much more exciting with beginners and seasoned poker players gunning for the player sitting at their table.
In 2016, the tournament and live auction raised over a million dollars for the low income youth in the surrounding Oakland Bay Area, and this year’s event did not fail to impress. BBO Poker Tables was lucky enough to be a sponsor and prize partner for the event, with the winner choosing a custom BBO Elite Poker Table which was signed by the Warriors players.
The poker logistics of the event was handled by Blue Dog Events, a premier charity poker operator in Northern California.