PokerStars player eyes SCOOP for charity fundraising

scoop2009_thn.gifBy now you know the Spring Championship of Online Poker is going to kick off in a couple of weeks. We've recently learned about a poker player who is planning to play Event #31 with the idea of giving away everything he earns. What's more, he's hoping you can help him in the effort. Read below to learn more

by Rick "lostsoul311" Blumenthal

Poker Players Unite Against Tay-Sachs Disease started after a dear friend of mine lost her young nephew to Tay-Sachs disease the day of Event #4 of the WBCOOP. I dedicated that event to him, and went on to finish in the top 120 for a $11 SCOOP ticket. After the event, I decided I wanted to help out a good cause, and decided that my poker background would give me a way to do just that.

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I am working closely with the National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc. and one of their local chapters here in Pennsylvania. My mission is to raise awareness to this progressive neurological genetic disorder, and to also raise money by holding poker events both live and online. I hope to watch these grow from local/online events to national events that attract thousands of people year after year.

The first event that I have been working on is during Pokerstars SCOOP tournament on Sunday May 16, 2010 at 13:00pm. I have decided to play in Event #31- $22 NL Hold'em [6-max] $200k gtd prize pool. All winnings will be donated straight to NTSAD. I am also trying to get at least 1000 people to pledge $1 for each break level I reach. Bigger donations will always be welcomed, but I understand that times are tough for everyone right now. If you are interested, please contact me at the email below!

I have set up a fund raising website that is directly linked to NTSAD. Please go to // It is 100% Verisign secured.

If you do not feel comfortable donating from my page, please go to for more donation information (if you send a check, please include ppuatsd in the memo so we can track everything). Donations to NTSAD are tax deductable for U.S. residents.

Want to follow my progress? I will be doing live blog updates at // or you can watch me live by downloading the PokerStars software.

My screen name there is Lostsoul311.

Please feel free to contact me at with any questions or concerns you might have. You can also contact NTSAD at 1-800-906-8723 to verify that this is legit.

Together we can make a difference!

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in SCOOP