Broadway’s biggest names, legendary theatre insiders, and devoted fans donned their best poker faces at this year’s spirited and record-breaking edition of Broadway Bets, raising $315,200 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
The full house including theater owners, producers, general managers, actors, theatrical advertising agency executives and professional poker players. Stage and screen stars included Hank Azaria, Eric Bogosian, Nicholas Braun, Josh Charles, Robert Creighton, Billy Crudup, Richard Kind, Steve Martin, Mike Pesca, Nate Silver, Nick Wyman and Tony Yazbeck. They were joined by poker pros Andy Frankenberger, Maria Konnikova and Erik Seidel.
According to Broadway Cares' official website, "The ultimate face-off featured Elliot Greene, executive vice president of The Shubert Organization, andTo Kill a Mockingbird actor Ted Koch. Surrounded by an energetic crowd, both players went “all in” after rounds of intense play. Ultimately, Greene was crowned Broadway Bets champion when he bested Koch with a pair of queens. As winner, Greene received four days and three nights for two at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, including airfare, hotel and show tickets."
The five editions of Broadway Bets have raised a total of $1,264,050 for Broadway Cares.