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Top chef wins poker tournament

18 September 2007

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Franklin Becker, executive chef at Brasserie in New York City, walked away the big winner at the Foxwoods Celebrity Chef Charity Poker Tournament that took place during the Second Annual Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival, September 16. Becker's first place purse of $15,000 will be donated to Autism Speaks, a national organization dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for autism. Ming Tsai, chef and co-owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, MA, came in second place, winning $10,000 for the Cam Neely Foundation in Boston and David Rabin, owner of NYC's club Lotus, won third place, donating $5,000 to New York Cares and The Innocence Project.

There was no stopping Becker, who knocked off Chefs David Burke (New York-based davidburke & donatella), Harold Dieterle (Top Chef, Season 2) and Michael Schlow (Boston-based Radius) early in the game with his straight flush to the jack. "I knew I was in good shape when I was dealt that straight flush," said Becker. "It was great to be a part of this year's Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival and even better to be able to participate in this poker tournament for charity. I will have to come back and defend my title as the reigning champ next year!"

This year's Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival drew a crowd of over 5,200 attendees who enjoyed three days of festivities, including celebrity chef demonstrations and book signings, wine and spirits seminars, grand tasting events and gala dinners. Next year's Third Annual Foxwoods Food & Wine Festival will be held at the new MGM Grand at Foxwoods, opening adjacent to Foxwoods Resort Casino in spring 2008.

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