Broadway Bets, Broadway’s official poker tournament, returns on Monday, May 22. Head to Sardi’s restaurant for a full house of Broadway stars, industry insiders and theater fans for the Texas Hold ’em tournament, which has been on a pandemic-induced hiatus for four years.
Newcomers and aces alike will have the chance to go “all in” and win the coveted title of Broadway Bets champion. Prizes will be awarded to all players who reach the final table.
Doors will open at 6 pm; the tournament begins at 7 pm. All Broadway Bets ticketing levels include hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.
Broadway Bets‘ founding co-chairs are Paul Libin, executive vice president emeritus of Jujamcyn Theaters and president emeritus of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees, and Robert E. Wankel, president and co-CEO of The Shubert Organization and president of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees.
The tournament directors are Mark Shacket, partner at Foresight Theatrical, Brett Sirota, co-founder and partner at The Road Company, and Alex Wolfe, associate general manager at Foresight Theatrical.
Texas Hold ’em-style tournaments begin with each player receiving an equal amount of chips. Two blinds are posted per hand to force the action. As players progress, the number of blind bets increases. As players drop out, tables are combined until one final table of players competes for the championship title.
For those who haven’t quite mastered their poker face, guest passes offer a chance to observe the poker table action and play other casino games with an opportunity to win prizes.
Broadway Bets’ last edition was in 2019. The tournament raised $315,200 when Elliot Greene, executive vice president of The Shubert Organization, and actor Ted Koch went head-to-head for the top prize. Surrounded by an energetic crowd, Greene was crowned Broadway Bets champion when he bested Koch with a pair of queens.
In its five editions, Broadway Bets has raised $1.2 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Broadway Bets is made possible by City National Bank, the official bank of Broadway Bets; United Airlines, the official airline of Broadway Bets; bar sponsor Some Like It Hot; Benefactors in memory of Scott Barnes and Peg & Gary Wendlandt; “Full House” table sponsors Foresight Theatrical, AKA, The Araca Group, The John Gore Organization (Broadway Across America, Broadway.com), Jujamcyn Theaters, Nederlander Organization, The Pekoe Group, The Road Company, Serino Coyne, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, The Shubert Organization, SpotCo, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; and “Two Pair” half-table sponsors BROADWai, Chart Chart Graph (Brian DeVito), Crossroads Live, EBG, RoadCo Entertainment, Situation, Sony Music Masterworks and The New York Times.
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