The owners of the two largest poker rooms on the Internet have joined in the relief efforts to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan that has devastated the central islands of the Philippines.
Sue Hammett announced on the PokerStars Blog, “As we have done at other times of global disaster, we are mobilizing the poker community by launching a global online appeal in support of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Effective immediately, our players are able to donate to the international disaster relief efforts through the PokerStars client, using funds held in their player accounts. Players on Full Tilt Poker will be able to do the same in a matter of days.”
Players with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are now able to make donations directly from their poker clients. The sites are setting up “Dummy Tournaments” where the players can pay the entry fee but rather than a poker tournament being played the entire fee is donated to the Rational Group’s new charity partner Care International.
Players will also be able to make a transfer from their poker wallet to a specially created “Typhoon Fund,” where every cent is passed on to the charity.
Care International is a leading humanitarian organization that focuses their efforts on fighting poverty and supports nearly 1,000 poverty-fighting development and humanitarian aid projects in 84 countries around the globe.
We can’t say enough good things about the Rational Group and their efforts to help those affected by the tragic event. Please continue to donate and remember if you’re working in the online gambling industry, after you make a donation send a copy of your receipt to [email protected]. The Calvin Ayre Foundation is matching donations dollar for dollar up to $1 million.