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The NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Memorial High Speed Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament traditionally held in Daytona Beach prior to the DAYTONA 500 was instead hosted via a virtual partnership with World Poker Tour® on January 13.
Utilizing the World Poker Tour’s online sweepstakes-based poker platform, ClubWPT™, the tournament allowed for two playing styles to happen simultaneously – Sit and Go tables and Multi-Tables. Participating NASCAR Cup Series drivers have a chance to earn funds for their charities with the first place finishing driver receiving a $25,000 donation, the second place finishing driver a $15,000 donation and the third place finishing driver a $10,000 donation.
The final table will be streamed on January 22 at 5:30 p.m. on NASCAR’s YouTube channel with 2018 Women in Poker Hall of Fame Inductee Maria Ho and NASCAR on NBC analyst Rick Allen serving as hosts and commentators. The final table will feature six players including two NASCAR Cup Series drivers, one professional poker player, one celebrity and two participants from the multi-table and sit-and-go tournaments played on January 13.
The high stakes event features NASCAR Cup Series champions Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr., NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees Rusty Wallace and Bobby Labonte, professional poker stars Maria Ho, Phil Hellmuth and Erik Seidel, and actor Josh Malina, among other celebrities and participants.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, a program that aims to provide health care resources and wellness programs for children.