October 1, 2004
Hooray for Hazel! She Wins the All In Celebrity Poker Tournament.
Texas Hold ‘em Poker is red hot. Denver’s version of Celebrity Poker came to life on Tuesday, September 28. This gala event was sponsored by Blacktie-Colorado and the new, Make the Difference Network (mtdn.com).
Celebrity Poker Players included Re/Max Founder Dave Liniger, former Bronco Haven Moses, the “Troubleshooter” Tom Martino, The "Meat Man" Tony Rosacci, Channel 9 sportscaster Ryan Chiaverini, Opie Gone Bad’s Jake Schroeder, sports talker Irv Brown, Westwor’s Socialite of the Year Holly Kylberg, former Nugget Mark Randall, and Denver Broncos Ashley Lelie, Ruben Droughns, Champ Bailey, Bradlee Van Pelt, former Broncos Mark Schlereth and David Diaz-Infante, Jazz singer Hazel Miller, and MTDN Co-founder, actress Jesse Biel. Jesse, formerly the star of WB2’s 7th Heaven will be seen in December with Wesley Snipes in the new Blade:Trinity movie. She flew out from Los Angeles to attend.
Tne Make the Difference Network is an exciting, new national website that will have monthly celebrity auctions and allow nonprofit organiztion to request funds for specific projects, but not general operating expenses.
Each celebrity played to raise money for their favorite charity. The crowd enjoyed food, drink, networking, watching the celebrities compete and playing blackjack or poker themselves. As usual, the “Sir Chocolate” chocolate fountain was a big hit.
The early favorites were Dave Liniger and the "Meat Man" Tony Rosacci. Dave had flown 18 hours from China and arrived just 3 hours prior to the event. Although being a little tired, he managed to finish third.
Although new to Texas Hold 'em, the 3 females in the tournament, movie actress Jessica Biel, philanthropist Holly Kylberg and songstress Hazel Miller acquitted themselves well. They were seen practicing with pretzels prior to the start of the match.
She faced down former CSU star and now Bronco bad boy, Bradlee Van Pelt. Van Pelt won on the river 3 times in a row to stay alive. But with the blinds $10,000 (play money) and $20,000 he had to go "all in" and finally lost. Hazel Miller was the first Champion of the "All In" for Charity - Texas Hold 'em Celebrity Poker Tournament.
So Hooray for Hazel.. Hazel was playing for Children’s Hospital of Denver.