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An evening of high-rolling poker – for charity

A chance to join an evening of gambling for a good cause

An evening of high-rolling poker – for charity

November 15 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

In the past year, Quintessentially’s co-founders have cycled the length of the UK and jumped out of a plane in the name of worthy causes, but next month they’re set to raise the stakes for charity once again, with the launch of a high-rolling charity poker evening in The Savoy’s lavishly restored Lancaster Ballroom.

The luxury concierge company’s inaugural Texas Hold’em tournament, which takes place on November 22, will see 180 players gambling for a good cause in a high-stakes poker match and, as the tournament unfolds, a drinks and canapés reception will be held for another 100 guests. Prizes for the evening are typically top-line (such as a six-day African safari holiday, a bespoke Bellagio Pacconi watch and a six-course meal cooked at home by Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing), while the event’s VIP guests are an equal draw, with one guest stationed on each table, meaning that attendees will have to perfect their poker face in front of the likes of Tom Parker Bowles, Zac Goldsmith, David Walliams and model (and descendant of William Gladstone) Olivia Inge.

All proceeds, expected to total £100,000, will benefit SOS Children’s Villages – the world’s largest orphan charity, which currently supports and cares for more than 78,000 children. Ticket prices range from £1,000 each or £5,250 for nine seats, but those who want to get their gambling practice in early can bid for a seat from £250.