Help fight prostate cancer with a Lads Night In
Alright, so prostate cancer is likely to be something you'd rather not think about. And we'd be inclined to agree. But this Friday PokerStars is teaming up with Prostate Cancer UK to hold a Lads Night In, giving poker players everywhere the opportunity to raise money to fight this terrible illness, while having a great night of poker at the same time.
Essentially Lads Night In is a poker night for friends. You won't need your computer, or a Wi-Fi connection, just a deck of cards, and a place to play.
It follows on from the success of last year's Lads Night In, in which more than 5,400 people took part, donating £114,000. This year we want you to spread the word to your friends, family and anyone you might know, sign up and join in this Friday, October 21.
Here's how to get involved
Taking part is easy. You can sign up for a £5 pack by clicking this link, which includes cards, a dealer button and a guide on how to play. If you don't need the pack, click here instead. Alternatively grab your phone and text POKER to 70004 to donate £10.
Next, hold a poker game for you and your friends this Friday. There's no need to go big, you don't need to break the bank. Just decide among yourself how much you'd like to donate to Prostate Cancer UK, and then get playing. Seriously, any amount helps.
Hosting a home game
A lot of players stick to online poker, or trips to the local card game, so if you've never hosted a home game before there are some tips below to make the night go smoothly.
We want as many people as possible to take part in Lads Night In (that goes for women too by the way, this is open to everyone), so if you're inviting friends who have never played before, you can also direct them to this link on how to play poker to help them get the basics.
When it comes to hosting the game there are a few things you can do to ensure things run smoothly and people enjoy the experience. Team PokerStars Pro Jake Cody wrote these ten tips ahead of last year's event which is a great start.
Fundraising like this is essential to the work of Prostate Cancer UK, who work to stop what is fast becoming the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the UK. Not only does it claim the lives of more than 10,000 men each year, but it dramatically changes the lives of men living with the disease, and those who have received treatment.
"PokerStars are delighted to once again be partnering with Prostate Cancer UK for the second annual 'Lads Night In'," said Sue Hammett, Head of Corporate Giving at PokerStars. "One man dies every hour in the UK from this deadly disease and PokerStars want to help change that. So please, put the date in your diary, get your friends round and get ready to hold a 'Lads Night In' to remember."
Funds raised across the country will go towards ground-breaking research that could lead to earlier diagnosis and better treatments, as well as much-needed support services.
James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: "We're proud to be partnering with PokerStars for the second year running. Our campaign is all about reaching men and inspiring them to be aware of their health. Through working with PokerStars, and encouraging as many people as possible to host a 'Lads Night In', we can together help stop prostate cancer being a killer once and for all."
We hope you'll get involved and have a great Lads Night In. To sign up and for full information visit www.prostatecanceruk.org/ladsnightin.
Stephen Bartley is a staff writer for the PokerStars Blog. Follow him on Twitter: @StephenBartley.