Poker may be a business (and a lucrative one at that), but that doesn’t mean the people in charge are heartless. In response to the devastating damage caused by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, PokerStars has pledged relief and is currently raising funds to assist the embattled Southeast Asian nation. Helping Hands, PokerStars own charity group, is working hand-in-hand with the global relief charity CARE Internatinal to provide basic necessities of life such as water, food, and shelter.
Millions of people have been affected by this tragedy and several thousand people are estimated to have died. Players can contribute to relief efforts on PokerStars and Full Tilt using funds in the accounts through the following ways:
Special “Dummy Tournaments”
Players can register for and pay an entry fee for special “dummy tournaments” where, instead of a prize pool, all funds are collected and added to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. No poker hands are actually played. The tournaments are located in the PokerStars lobby and range from $1 to $1000. There is no limit to how many times players can donate with these tournaments.
Transfer to “Typhoon Fund” Player ID
Players can make a real-money player transfer to the “Typhoon Fund” Player ID using the PokerStars Cashier.
Note: All funds collected by the “dummy tournaments” and direct player transfers will be matched by PokerStars.
For additional information regarding PokerStars efforts to provide relief efforts to the Philippines, click here.