He promised that he wouldn't gamble again for a couple after running out on a $400K marker, but Charles Barkley is back playing poker in Vegas.
But here's the rub -– the Round Mound says that it's all for charity. He's scheduled to play in a celebrity poker tourney -- the "Ante Up for Africa" event -- at the 2008 World Series of Poker. Players have to pony up $5,000 to play, and are supposed to donate at least half their winnings.
Chuck says he will donate it all. He repaid his debt to the Wynn Las Vegas last month.
Wino Gets More Poking and Prodding
Amy Winehouse might have to ditch two huge gigs because docs still are trying to figure out what's ailing Amy.
The wrecktabulous Brit is still in the hospital in London after collapsing Monday, and her rep says she's being given "additional scans and tests" to determine just exactly what happened. Aimers is supposed to play next weekend for Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday, and then the next day at the big Glastonbury festival.
Both dates are still on, say her peeps.
Oz Town Wants Geena Davis Banned
A Sydney suburb wants to 86 Geena Davis from its streets because it claims her movie crew tried to bribe them into keeping quiet over the crazazy filming schedule.
Geena is filming "Accidents Happen" in the posh hamlet of Ku-ring-gai, reports the Daily Telegraph, and the residents of the town say that production staff tried to "buy them off" in exchange for filming up to 15 hours a day. They're outraged, and they want the production – and Geena – out.
Producers deny the charge. Mate.
Party Favors: Alicia Loving Swizz's Stick? ... Fiddy Not Ringing the Bell
Are Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz making their own hits? TMZ spies tell us the pair were spotted in Phillippe Chow in Miami last night. ... Taco Bell wanted 50 Cent to change his name for one day for a promotion, but Fiddy isn't having any of it: "This is a sleazy and ill-conceived publicity stunt by Taco Bell's president," says his rep to OK!.