One of South Florida’s biggest charity events kicks off Jan. 6 as Bryan Oulton and Sandy Swartzbaugh of the All-In Free Poker League present the second annual PermaPlate Charity Tournament at the Isle Casino, benefiting Women In Distress and the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund. With a lavish champagne brunch at 10 a.m., the tourney begins at noon with a $200 buy-in for 10K chips, and a $20 dealer tip gets you 2K more.
Four days later, the Isle Classic gets under way with 12 events from Jan. 10-29. With many of the world’s top players attending the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas from Jan. 5-14 and then traveling to the United States through South Florida, the Isle Classic’s main event (with two opening-day sessions on Jan. 25-26) should experience a huge turnout. The tournament has a $2,500 entry fee and a $300K guarantee. The final event will be a DeepStacks Tour stop on Jan. 28.
• Juan Carlos Naranjo of Hialeah, Fla., was declared the winner of the December $150K guaranteed, a $330 event that drew 759 players. Naranjo earned $23K.
• In the $100K guarantee later in the month, 1,522 players each paid $100, generating a $136,980 pool, and Robert Seaton of Miramar, Fla., was named the winner after an 11-way chop for $11K each.
• Also, in November, Arthur Peacock of Jupiter captured $21,099 for first place in the $100K guarantee. The event cost $100 and drew 1,241 entries for a pool worth $111,690.
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Justin Hamilton won the Andra’s Hand Add On For Autism charity event at the Paradise Poker Room on Nov. 7. He pocketed $5K for first and had his picture taken with the hosts, poker pros Chip and Karina Jett. Chip finished fourth, knocked out by Hamilton.