More than $2 million HKD from PokerStars and players goes to earthquake relief
When PokerStars told its players they could donate to the China earthquake relief fund, it was impossible to know how much money it would raise. Though PokerStars players have been more than generous in the past, the earthquake in China is a world away for many poker players.
Distance, however, proved to be no hindrance for generosity.
This global campaign by PokerStars and its players has since resulted in a contribution of $2,226,146.50 HKD ($285,248.19 USD) to the Red Cross Macau earthquake relief effort. The money came from many a different source.
PokerStars recently launched Macau's first dedicated poker room, PokerStars Macau, with a charity tournament to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake in Western China.
In addition to the charity tournament, existing PokerStars players were given the opportunity to donate to the relief fund through their online accounts, with PokerStars then matching the donation dollar for dollar.
All of the money raised by PokerStars and its players will now be sent to the Red Cross to aid the suffering in China.