PokerStars and CARE International to Offer Help for Hurricane Irma Victims
Hurricane Irma swept through the Atlantic Ocean, all the way to the Caribbean and the United States, showing the destructive side of nature and killing more than 80 people, with thousands injured and even more left without a roof over their head.
After the catastrophe ended, the community turned to finding the best way to provide help and give support to those affected by this natural disaster. Poker players around the world were among those who offered their help, reaching out on social media and inviting people to join this noble cause.
Helping Those in Need
PokerStars has partnered with the Swiss non-profit organization CARE International to offer the much needed help. The world’s largest online poker room has not only offered its players the possibility to donate money to CARE International through its software channels but has announced it will match each and every dollar donated.
In practice, PokerStars has created a number of poker tournaments with buy-ins from $1 to $1,000 and €10 to €100. These are fake tournaments, created as a means of providing donation using PokerStars account. Donations can also be made by an internal player transfer to a purposely set Irma Fund.
Donations can also be made directly on the CARE International website, but in that case, PokerStars will not match it. Remember, only those donations made via PokerStars’ website will be matched!
Offering Help Wherever Needed
This humanitarian partnership between the two sides is managed by the Helping Hands, a corporate giving program set up by the Stars Group, which owns PokerStars since 2014.
This is not the first time PokerStars and CARE International joined forces. Back in 2015, they assisted the victims of the Nepal earthquake, while only a year later they partnered once again to offer help to the victims of the earthquake that hit Ecuador.
PokerStars is also working together with the non-profit Raising For Effective Giving (REG), donating registration fees from the $25,000 buy-in World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) Super High Roller, and promising to match $50,000 of the total amount.