"I heard this was a good charity and a good idea," said Loney, who brought his mom to the event. "It was a good reason to get out of the house and later in the day and I had all day to rest, so it's fun to come out here and help raise money for a good cause."
"This is totally out of our element," said Bennett, the Dodgers' backup catcher. "So we come out here and hang with some good people, play poker for Don and Annie's good and noble cause and just enjoy the experience."
"This is the first one I've ever been a part of," said Proctor. "I wanted to see how it's handled and to be a part of a first-class event like this is a lot of fun. We're all going to have some good luck here."
The tournament was an All-Star, no-limit Texas Hold'em, which brought out other well-known poker playing celebrities like "The West Wing's" Joshua Malina and "Sex and the City's" Willie Garson, who have both done quite well on the celebrity poker tour. Proctor, who joked when his picture was being taken at the table, 'get the shot now, while I still have chips in front of me,' was a little prophetic, because those chips disappeared pretty fast. Bennett hung in there in the early rounds, but it was Loney, who rang up some good wins at his table, forcing the much more experienced Malina out early.
"Loney's doing well?" asked an incredulous Bennett. "I didn't even know he played. Maybe that's the secret of winning at poker. The less experience the better."
"I haven't played in a while," remarked Loney. "I still remember the rules and basically the competition was between Gary, Scotty and I to see who would be the last one still playing."
Loney, who is always the gentleman, patiently explained between hands to one of the women playing at his table, what his day job was. "I play first base for the Dodgers," said Loney. "Is that a good position to play?" asked the lady. "Yes, I think it is," replied the 24-year-old from Houston.
"I think this is a great event," said Cheadle, who is best known as one of the co-stars and producers of the Oscar winning film "Crash" along with the highly successful "Ocean's 11, 12 and 13." "It's great that everyone is throwing in and once they get educated about what's happening in Darfur and knowing about the issue, to a person they ask 'what can I do to help?'
"It's great that we are able to marry something that we love and enjoy, where there is so much money floating around, with something that is good. It's not often you get to do that, so we are really happy."
Ben Platt is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.