PokerStars Haiti relief effort nears half million

ps_news_thn.jpgEvery day, the number of dead mounts. Thousands upon thousands dead. Hundreds of thousands of people without homes, food, or access to proper medical care. The Haiti earthquake is a disaster that is impossible for almost all of us to understand.

As we mentioned last week, PokerStars has set up a relief fund to help aid the suffering in Haiti (click the link for full details). PokerStars will be matching every dollar donated by its players and giving all the money to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

As happened in disasters past, PokerStars players have stepped up in a big way. As of this hour, the people who play at PokerStars tables have donated $474,638, every penny of which will be matched by PokerStars.


Sarla Chand, 66, of New Jersey is interviewed after being pulled from the rubble of the Montana Hotel Wednesday, January 14, 2010. Chand spend more than 50 hours in the debris before she was pulled to safety by relief workers*

You can still donate through your PokerStars account. PokerStars will be accepting donations until January 31. Here's how you can contribute to the appeal.

  • In the PokerStars lobby, go to Tourney >> Special and enter one of the dummy 'Haiti Earthquake Relief' tournaments listed there. 'Buy-ins' range from $1,000 all the way down to $1. You will not need to play an actual tournament, instead all of the 'entry fees' go straight to the fund.

  • Alternatively you can make a private player transfer for any amount to the account 'Haiti Fund'. Go to 'Requests' in the client top menu and select 'Transfer Funds'.
  • Thank you to every one who has donated so far.

    *Public domain photo used under Creative Commons license, courtesy of simminch on Flickr.

    Brad Willis
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