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Poker With the Pros, A Prelude to Maui’s Night of Shooting Stars

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By Maui Now Staff

Professional athletes and local celebrities tried their skills off the court at the second annual “Poker with the Pros” event, held on Thursday night at the Grand Wailea in South Maui.  The meet and greet celebrity game night is part of the Grand Slam week of events hosted by the basketballMAUI organization to raise funds for youth programs on Maui.

Maui Now’s Malika Dudley interviewed international basketball pro DJ Shelton and James Anderson with the Dallas Cowboys during their visit, as well as basketballMAUI founder, Ben Prangnell who fills us in on how the keiki camps have been going this week and provides a preview of Saturday’s grand finale, Night of Shooting Stars game.

Guests on Thursday got to meet and greet celebrity players including a lineup of NBA Stars, professional athletes and local celebrities like Anthony Tolliver from the Detroit Pistons, CJ Watson from the Indiana Pacers, The Dunk King Kenny Dobbs and Brett Gorney, PGA Pro.


In addition the poker tournament, chefs at the Grand Wailea prepared pupus, while players tried their game at craps, roulette and blackjack.


The event was sponsored by Old Republic Title & Escrow of Hawaiʻi and hosted by the Grand Wailea. All proceeds benefit youth programs of basketballMaui.

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