By: Jason Sarney
On Wednesday, June 24th, The Jason Taylor Foundation will host The All In For Literacy Virtual Poker Championship V2. The second version of the very successful online tournament from last month will be hosted by Faded Spade Card Club and will allow participants to compete in a Texas Hold’em game while interacting with each other via Zoom teleconference.
The inaugural All In For Literacy Championship was a major success in all aspects including fundraising, messaging and interaction with fans of the Miami Dolphins, South Florida media personalities including Dan Le Batard of ESPN and Joy Taylor of Fox Sports, and of course, heroes who wore the Orange and Aqua!
Jason Taylor of course was not only a participant, but he showed his Poker chops by swimming through the 71-player pool and docking at the final table to vie for the championship trophy.
Unfortunately for the host, Taylor was knocked out by former teammate and Dolphin’s legendary wide-receiver and 1998 NFL reception’s king, O.J. McDuffie, who went on to become the event’s winner.
Ironically, and with good-timed fortune, there was a scheduled interview with McDuffie the following morning with me as well as the two men who make The Jason Taylor Foundation run, Seth Levit and Sean Todd.
On “Victory Thursday,” McDuffie told me that he was as confident going into the tournament as he went into games against former AFC East rival, the Indianapolis Colts.
“I expected to win… I went in there expecting to win,” McDuffie said proudly.
Number 81 made good on that expectation and for flashback purposes, he did score 7 touchdowns against the Colts in his career, including his first ever score, which came on a Sunday Night Football punt return.
Levit and Todd won beyond the table, as the Executive Director and Vice President of Operations of The Jason Taylor Foundation, respectively, put on a terrific event!
The success of the May tournament included other Miami Dolphin legends such as Shawn Wooden, Terry Kirby, Kim Bokamper and Ricky Williams! Volume 2 will again open up the event for anyone who would care to “Dive In” with the trio from The Fish Tank, which is of course Seth, O.J. and Sean aka “DJ. Prec,” and an all-star guest list!
You can register for the event, or simply donate for an important cause here, and if the kickoff event from a few weeks back was any indication, odds are, The All In For Literacy Virtual Poker Championship V2 will be a full house of fun, and another straight success!
See you all at the tables!
Register and/or Donate HERE
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