Broadway Bets—Broadway’s official poker tournament—will return May 15. The event is produced by and benefits Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway stars, industry insiders, and theatre lovers will come together at Sardi’s Restaurant (234 West 44th Street) for a friendly Texas Hold‘em tournament. Novices and aces alike are welcome, and anyone can win the title of the third Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded to players who make the final table.
The evening will begin with cocktails at 7:30 PM, followed by the tournament at 8 PM. All ticketing levels include hors d'oeuvres and an open bar. Tickets start at $150 and are available now at BroadwayCares.org.
The event is co-chaired by Elliot Greene, executive vice president of The Shubert Organization, and Marla Ostroff, executive vice president of arts and theatre at Ticketmaster. Paul Libin, executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters and BC/EFA Board of Trustees president, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization and BC/EFA executive vice president, serve as founding co-chairs. Micah Hollingworth of Jujamcyn Theaters, Mark Shacket of Foresight Theatrical, and Brett Sirota of The Road Company will return to serve as tournament directors.
Guest passes offer a chance to observe the poker table action and play other casino games with an opportunity to win prizes. All prizes will be announced later this spring.
Last year’s tournament raised a record-breaking $247,800 as Jamesin Seidel, a guest of Tony Award nominee Tony Yazbeck, bested Bryan LaPlant and a final Broadway Bets table of eight other players to win the title of Broadway Bets champion.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.