Poker Online Celebrity charity poker tournament raises $1.75m but takes place on unlicensed site April 16, 2020 By Iqbal Johal The poker tournament, organized by celebrities such as Ben Affleck, was run by a website that isn’t legal to US customers, according to reports. The likes of Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Tom Brady have participated in a charity poker tournament that raised $1.75m for Feeding America, a non-profit organization that distributes food to those in need during the coronavirus outbreak. The event, which had a $10,000 buy-in and was won by poker pro Ebony Kenney, took place at offshore poker site Americas Cardroom (ACR). According to Online Poker Report, the site is based in Costa Rica and isn’t legal to customers in the US, with only four states – Nevada, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania – currently offering legal online poker. ACR currently does not possess a license in any US state but, despite this, the poker tournament was able to run on the site with buy-ins. However, as more states take up sports betting – with 17 now live – perhaps laws banning online poker will become more relaxed, to tempt people away from the black market.