Tiger’s Poker Night Presented by World Poker Tour Headlines 2016 Tiger Jam
The Tiger Woods Foundation returned to Las Vegas for the 18th annual Tiger Jam at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. All proceeds from the sold-out, two-day charity event, hosted by Tiger Woods, will help the Tiger Woods Foundation equip underserved students with the ability to exceed any and all expectations.
Tiger Jam kicked off Friday morning at the beautiful Shadow Creek where guests were treated to breakfast and a question and answer session with Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie. Woods later hosted an exclusive golf clinic for players on the driving range where he walked through his swing form, discussed club selection and gave insider golf tips. “The Bachelor’s” Chris Harrison, Miss America Kira Kazantsev and professional tennis player Andy Roddick joined guests in a round of golf on the bucket-list course.
That evening, guests had the opportunity to knock out the world’s top poker players as they hit the tables at Tiger’s Poker Night, presented by the World Poker Tour® (WPT®). Poker legend Phil Hellmuth emceed the exciting event, which included celebrity participants Harrison and Roddick; professional poker players David Chiu, Maria Ho, Scotty Nguyen, Vince Van Patten and David Williams; and WPT® TV host Lynn Gilmartin. Boyz II Men member Nathan Morris also stopped by the event to support Woods. Three players went all in on the final table, which resulted in crowning Robert Sanchez as Tiger’s Poker Night amateur champion. Van Patten took home the crystal for winning the professional and overall awards.
The festivities continued Saturday morning as Tiger Jam’s guests got to test their skills in the sponsor golf tournament at Shadow Creek before making their way back to MGM Grand for the reception and live auction.
Harrison welcomed guests to the Grand Ballroom and spoke about what an honor it was to be a part of such an amazing event. He then brought up Rick Singer, president and chief executive officer of the Tiger Woods Foundation, who introduced Earl Woods Scholarship recipient, Evan Chang. Chang is the Tiger Woods Foundation’s first doctor. He graduated from New York University School of Medicine and will attend the University of California, Los Angeles for his residency training in anesthesiology this summer. Chang thanked the Tiger Woods Foundation for challenging him to further his limits and for constantly reminding him that success is not defined by where you started from, but by overcoming obstacles and showing character through countless hours of hard work and dedication. After his speech, he introduced Woods who spoke about the foundation and thanked everyone for attending
Harrison then jumped back on stage with auctioneer Jake Parnell to co-host the live auction. Guests were able to bid on one-of-a-kind luxury items including a Full Swing golf simulator, ACURA MDX, international getaways, rounds of golf on elite courses and more.
Following the bids, singer-songwriter Jason Mraz performed an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime private concert for guests. He even paid homage to past Tiger Jam performer Prince with a rendition of “Purple Rain.” To cap off the night, attendees headed to the official after party where they danced the night away to DJ Suga Ray and enjoyed custom cocktails.
The 2017 VIP list, is now open for entry to next year’s Tiger Jam 19 events.