This day in Willie Nelson History: Willie & Woody’s All Star Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Tournament (9/27/2010)



On September 27, 2010 Willie Nelson and actor Woody Harrelson hosted Willie & Woody’s All Star Texas Hold ‘Em Charity Tournament at the Hustler Casino in Los Angeles, California.  They joined other celebrity friends and 200 other registrants and guests in a no-limit tournament that also included a dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds from the event went to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a nonprofit organization which works to educate the public about community-based biodiesel efforts. Willie Nelson runs his tour bus on biodiesel.

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“The Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance is proud to thank all of our spectators and players from the first annual Willie and Woody’s All-Star Texas Hold’em Tournament. Thanks to their generosity and the generosity of our sponsors the SBA was able to raise important funds for the continued work of the organization.”

(Gardena, CA) — “I might be a loser, but I’m a WINNER…we’re all winners!” exclaimed David Arquette at the first annual charity poker tournament to benefit the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.  Players from around the country converged on the Hustler Casino Los Angeles for Willie and Woody’s All Star Texas Hold’em Tournament.

Celebrities including Larry Flynt, Hank Azaria, Peter Farrelly, Mila Kunis, Anne Heche and David Arquette joined tournament headliners Willie Nelson and Woody Harrelson for an evening of fun at the Hustler Casino Los Angeles on September 26th, 2010.

The evening’s tournament and silent auction helped raise over $40,000 to support the work of the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting community-based sustainable biodiesel in the United States. “Because of America’s reliance on imported oil, we simply have no adequate policy for the conservation, production or distribution of fuel and other petroleum products.  As a businessman and close friend of Harrelson and Nelson, I was happy to support their important work towards a more effective energy policy. The evening was a great success and Hustler was proud to take part.”  said Larry Flynt.

The tournament wound up at 3am Tuesday morning and when the dust cleared after 7 hours of play, Kelly King of Pacific Biodiesel won first place in the field of 59 players.  Terry Robert Doering, Jeff Scott, James “Butch” Worley and Rob Walker rounded out the top five places in the tournament.

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