PokerStars thanks you for supporting Cancer Research UK!
Throughout much of May and June, we asked you - our players, readers, and fans - to join us in a fundraising effort for Cancer Research UK. And in no uncertain terms, we announced it: Cancer, we're coming to get you!
The response was truly phenomenal. And we thank you.
The Rational Group's Helping Hands effort and PokerStars Women committed to raise money in aid of Cancer Research UK to raise awareness of the amazing research being done to find cures for more than 200 types of cancer. And fundraising is a necessary part of that challenge, so we offered a number of ways to donate, participate, and get involved.
Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree joined multitudes of other women to take part in Race for Life to raise money on June 1, and she drummed up nearly £3,500. Thanks to her for the spectacular efforts to train, run, and encourage support for this great cause.
Even more, she participated in her own Race for Life tournament on PokerStars (the night after she ran!), along with others like fellow Team Pro Jose "Nacho" Barbero and Team Online's Adrienne "talonchick" Rowsome. That tournament was a $5+$5 event in which half of the buy-in went directly to Cancer Research UK. Other players hosted their own tournaments as well over the course of a week, all with the same buy-ins. For each tournament, PokerStars added an additional $100 to the prize pool. These events raised nearly £6K!
We also hosted a freeroll tournament in which PokerStars donated $1 for every player in the 3,000-player event, and the seats filled up quickly. Every final table player received a prize, with an iPad going to the winner, and that event raised $3K.
Individual donations that exceeded £1,600 came in for Cancer Research UK, and a PokerStars staff tournament raised an additional £6,110. Employee fundraising efforts are still being tallied, and the grand total is already over £19K.
To every one of the 4,500 players who took part in the tournaments, every member of the PokerStars staff who participated in some way, and everyone at Cancer Research UK who made this process so inspiring, we thank you.
Each one of you made a difference.
Cancer, be afraid. Be very afraid.
Jennifer Newell is a PokerStars freelance contributor.