Aces UP Poker Tourney benefits Urban Prep Academies

Aces UP! 2014, Urban Prep's Eighth Annual Charity Poker Tournament was held at The Chicago Sports Museum with hundreds of players and spectators coming out to enjoy fast-paced poker and support Urban Prep Academies!  The fun-filled event raised $100,000 for the schools in the process!!!  It was a special night for Aces UP! as volunteers included Urban Prep Alumni who are in or have graduated from college. Hosts Alexi Giannoulias, Richard Roeper, and Urban Prep founder/CEO Tim King were back at it, adding extra energy to the night’s fun.

In addition to the Texas Hold ‘Em tourney, guests indulged in a buffet of delicious Chicago themed food and drinks. Many of the celebrity bounties were quickly knocked out of the game, a sign of the competitive spirit of the night. Raffle winners took home prizes including Chicago Bulls Tickets, commemorative Nike basketball shoes designed especially for Urban Prep and a package from the Majestic Star Casino and Resort.

A record number of players also chose to “Tie-it-UP” by purchasing special red and gold-striped ties (these ties are given to UP seniors ceremoniously upon college admission) for the opportunity to receive chips equal to the biggest stack at their table. By the end of the evening, only nine players remained to compete for a piece of a prize pool valued at over $10,000.

Only one Celebrity Bounty, Ameet Sachdev, made it to the final table. He was dramatically knocked-out when his full-house was beaten by Karl Sederberg’s hand.  After competing in every previous tourney, this year Karl finally won the championship title for Aces UP!

Urban Prep Academies is a nonprofit organization that operates a network of all-boys public schools including the country’s first charter high school for boys.  Their mission is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality college preparatory education to young men that results in their graduates succeeding in college.  In 2010-2014, 100% of the seniors in the school's graduating classes were admitted to four-year colleges or universities.

Congrats to Tim and all these fun-fundraisers!  (Photos by Kardas Photography)

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