A non-profit organization has made a terminally ill man's dream come true.
Zachary Butler, age 33 and lives in the town of Trezevant in Carroll County, Tennessee, is getting a super special meet-and-greet schedule with his favorite poker player of all time, Daniel Negreanu. The Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants wishes of those with terminal illnesses, is sending not only him, but his entire family to Las Vegas. They were scheduled to visit Las Vegas on (January 28) Monday and come back home on Thursday.
It's that final month again before the year ends, and this December is another great opportunity for the poker world to be charitable. This poker charity event will benefit the One Step Closer Foundation (OSCF), an organization that aims to help people thrive and be happy despite the hardships they experience brought about by cerebral palsy.
This year's Jennifer Harman Celebrity Poker Tournament scheduled today, November 10, Friday, at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino shall be once again witness to some of the world's top poker players along with celebrities from the Las Vegas Strip, the world of sports, and from Hollywood, and this event's main purpose is to benefit the no-kill animal rescue effort of the Nevada SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
King's Casino (Rozvadov, Czech Republic) will host its first World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) One Drop High Roller along with a Little One for One Drop tourney in November. The flagship tournament has a massive €10,000,000 guarantee and 50 players have already committed to play it by forking out a €11,000 non-refundable deposit each.
ONE DROPTM, one of the world's leading organizations dedicated to sustainable access to safe water, has just announced that the Big One for One Drop (€1 million buy-in) will return this year as a part of a 5-day high stakes cash game tournament in Monaco.
Celebrity charity poker night featuring Joe Hachem, Lebanese Australian professional poker player famous for winning the main event of the 2005 WSOP, was disrupted by a case of their limousine being stolen in the port city of Geelong, Australia.
On December 23, New England's media personality and top professional poker player Bernard Lee, donated holiday packages to more than 50 children in Milford, Massachusetts as a part of The Full House Charity Program. Lee even delivered the holiday packages in person, along with the help of his son and daughter.
German football professional Max Kruse proved his poker skills last year when he took third in Event #36: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball at the World Series of Poker. He received $36,494 in prize money that time.
On Monday, the largest ever Spin & Go prize pool was paid out on PokerStars, with Russia's "sss66666" taking home $1,000,000 of the $1.2 million prize pool! According to Russian PokerStars Blog, sss66666 is a 33-year-old handyman who used to work long and hard in southern Russia to make ends meet.
British Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree, 30, has earned an incredible 2.4 million dollars playing live poker since 2007, including her victory at the 2010 EPT San Remo for $1.6 million - which probably was one of the reasons PokerStars signed her a few months later.
According to WSOP's website, poker players at the 2013 World Series of Poker raised more than 1.3 million dollars for One Drop, a non-governmental organisation based out of Montreal, Canada that fight poverty worldwide by supporting access to clean water.
Tony G recently provided poker lessons to six players of the Manchester United soccer team (Refael da Silva, Phil Jonas, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Jonny Evans and Danny Welbeck) for a charity tournament arranged by the club and filmed for MUTV. Tony G didn't take part in the tournament but he provided commentary for the broadcast. Evans, who plays as defender for his club, eventually took down the title after defeating Fletcher heads-up to retain the title he won last year.
In July next year it's time for a new charity tournament named Big One for One Drop. The tournament will be played during the 2012 World Series of Poker and all participants will automatically give $111,111 from the $1 million buy-in to water projects all over the globe. There are already a few big names confirmed for the tournament. Among these players one find super stars like Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Johnny Chan, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan and "ElkY".
It's now official which poker players that were picked for Poker Hall of Fame this year. Barry Greenstein and Linda Johnson, both from USA, are the new inductees who have received the honorable title that makes sure that they always will be remembered as good poker players that contributed a lot to the poker scene.
On March 7th, 2011, the Sunday Million 5th Anniversary tournament was played at the world's biggest poker site, PokerStars. The tournament run smoothly and ended up being a huge success. But it didn't take more than a few days before chocking rumors on one of the finalists started popping up in different forums online. The rumors were that 'zeurrr', who won $518,402 on the final table, is a minor and PokerStars had confiscated his winnings. PokerStars shortly after confirmed that the rumors were true, however, they couldn't say what they would do with zeurrr's confiscated tournament winnings.
During the past week, a total of 122 Mob members stepped up and donated a total of $543 for our Haiti Charity project. Add that to the $500 donated by BankrollMob and the total donation ends up at $1,043!
CARE plans to start food distributions using stocks of high-protein biscuits from CARE warehouses in Haiti. CARE has 133 staff who are on the ground coordinating with U.N. agencies and other aid organizations to gather more detailed information about the damage and will rapidly scale up response based on those assessments.
We want to thank all of you who took part and donated some of your Mob Points to this charity. Obviosuly we hope that we don't have to organize a similar fundraising in the future.
Lots of people all over the world have been very helpful the past week by giving money to the people in Haiti. And as always, when it comes to giving a helping hand to people that really needs it - lots of poker players around the globe have once again showed how big hearts they have. Take PokerStars for example. They started a Haiti fund almost straight away and promised to match the amount their players were willing to donate. So far, almost $480,000 has been donated (11 days to go before the fund is closed).
The amFar charity tournament turned out really well this year as the buy-in of $5000 didn't scare off poker pros, celebs and other people from taking part (Slash from Guns 'N Roses, Nelly, Mats Sundin etc). Some of the participants of the tournament even made a few re-buys (PokerStars Pro William Thorson, just to mention 1 player with a big heart). Thanks to so many generous people - not less than $97,500 was donated to cancer research.
The winner of the tournament came to be Spencer Benjafield, an Englishmen who won his seat through a freeroll for players with 'supernova status' at PokerStars. For the win he received $37,500 from the total prize pool of $195,000.
It's once again time for another big charity poker tournament. This time in the capital of the world when it comes to gambling, Las vegas. The charity tournament is scheduled to kick off 12th December at Hard Rock Casino. The tournament is set to benefit The One Step Close Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to have an impact on the lives of those suffering from cerebral palsy by working with support groups, individuals who have CP, and by providing money for research.
The buy-in for the tournament will be $500+$50 and there will be unlimited $200 rebuys the first 90 minutes. Half of the money will go to charity and the second half will go to the prizepool. Some of the bigger names that will take part in the tournament are Phil Laak, Jamie Gold, Doyle Brunson, Eli Elezera, Men "The Master" Nguyen, Freddy Deeb, and Scotty Nguyen.
Phil Hellmuth, is one of the most successful players in WSOP throughout all years. He has cashed 74 times, won 11 bracelets, and was until 2008 (when Peter Eastgate won) the youngest player ever to win the WSOP Main Event. Mainly because of his amazing achievements in WSOP, he was inducted to the poker hall of fame a few years back.
Hold'em for Heroes Phil Hellmuth, has decided to organize a charity tournament with the name Hold'em Heroes. All the money in this tournament will go to TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers. The tournament is scheduled to start 19th November, and Phil Hellmuth is very proud and thankful to get the opportunity to help others.
"I and my friends are very thankful for these brave men and women. We are very proud to help them"; Phil Hellmuth says
Eric Hansel, the founder of EGM Green, designs the world's only eco-friendly casino tables and furniture. He also provides LEED consulting services and a full suite of green consulting, including wind, solar, co-generation, and geothermal audits and implementation for casinos, hotels, spas and homes. However, Eric Hansel made the world's first eco-friendly poker table this year and brought it to Las Vegas. In Las Vegas, he let 36 of the most successful players through the history of poker sign the unique poker table.
Don Cheadle is one of the guys behind the charity poker tournament "Ante Up for Africa" that managed to collect more than $2 Million for Sudan so far. This event that will take place during the 2009 WSOP is attracting a lot of stars every year. And it is not only poker stars that are interested in this tournament because you will also find movie stars like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in this tournament. Read more » Full Tilt Poker Signs Don Cheadle