On Wednesday, March 13, The Michael J. Fox Foundation held the sixth Playing to Win tournament in New York City. The goal: to play some pokeróand to help speed a cure for Parkinsonís. Co-hosted by Michael J. Fox and MJFF Board member David Einhorn, the event drew in 150 guests and raised nearly $450,000 to benefit the Foundation. World Poker Tour champ Phil Gordon provided expert tournament coverage throughout the night until players reached the final table. Taking home first prizeóand earning a trip to the World Series of Poker this summerówas Jason Yanofasky. MJFF Board member Sonny Whelen took 7th place and actor Richard Kind (pictured) took 10th place.
The spark behind this annual poker event came from David Einhorn, when, in 2006, he placed 18th in the World Series of Poker, and donated all of his winnings, over $650,000, to MJFF. To date, Playing to Win has raised over $3 million for the Foundation.