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Poker stars and minor players alike have been displaying their charitable natures with donations to various worthy causes recently, as well as signing up to tournaments that will hopefully raise big bucks.
It is well known that the likes of New York-based Guyanese Victor Ramdin and Barry Greenstein, the Robin Hood of poker, make massive contributions from their winnings to charities – and have done so for years – but the poker community as a whole has recently shown a caring side for those in dire need of assistance.
Many high-stakes players led the way on social networking website Facebook and microblogging site Twitter immediately in the aftermath of the earthquake and resultant tsunami that hit Japan by calling for fellow poker fans and players to make donations to Red Cross.
Zynga, the online poker game producer, raised over $1million in 48 hours by way of its Facebook games, while the Twitter pros have been guaranteeing wonderful prizes to fans who make Red Cross donations.
In fact, Taiwanese star Maria Ho donated a big event seat, while young American Justin ‘Boosted J’ Smith is giving the international humanitarian movement one dollar for every single retweet of his donation call.
These displays of kindness are certainly to be encouraged, but should not overshadow a very important charity tournament – Poker For Heroes – that takes place on Sunday, May 29, at Nottingham poker club Dusk Till Dawn.
The Poker For Heroes event – named in memory of Corporal Liam Riley, a British soldier who was killed while serving in Afghanistan when a roadside bomb exploded in February last year – has been organised to raise cash for the charity, Help For Heroes.
Entry to the tournament is £135, with £100 being donated to the charity and £35 set aside for the prize pool. This cause seems to have struck a chord with British poker players and websites with some high-value prizes being donated by the likes of PokerStars, Ladbrokes, PKR, 888, Redtooth, William Hill, Sky, PartyPoker, Genting, Grosvenor Casinos, Blue Sq., Betfred, and IPE.
PokerStars is providing an £8000 EPT package, William Hill has supplied an Irish Winter Festival package, while there is a Killarney Festival Package from Ladbrokes, among many wonderful prizes.
Tournament organisers expect some big-name players to take part, as well as many locals looking to do their part.
Also, registration has begun for the sixth annual GamesAid Charity Tournament – a no limit hold’em event with a £50 buy-in.
Sponsored by British video games company Relentless Software, the event that attracts numerous games developers gets under way at 7.30pm at The Grosvenor Casino in Brighton on Tuesday, July 19.
Proceeds from the tournament, which is now well established as part of the Develop Conference, will go to GamesAid – a children’s charity.
Meanwhile, players from across the globe will converge on Manila for the Asian Poker Tour Philippines 2011 from March 28-April 3.
The APT-organised tournament returns to the Asian country’s capital city for a fourth successive year and will take place at the lavish Resorts World Manila development. The buy-in is $2500 plus a $200 fee.
Last year’s main event was won by local player Michael Cua, who picked up $176,700.
Finally, Full Tilt Poker is bringing back the popular Double Guarantees Week. The online room kicks off the special next Monday – following January’s successful launch – and means players will see their favourite events guarantee double sized prize pools.
However, it gets even better for Full Tilt visitors as prize pools will be tripled next Sunday, resulting in the likes of the Sunday Brawl’s regular $350,000 guarantee leaping up to a colossal $1.2million.