PokerStars to host Australian bushfire fundraiser

The people of Australia need help. Thousands of families have been displaced by the February wildfires that killed more than 200 people. The charities have been overwhelmed by the need. More than 7,500 people were left homeless by the bushfires.

As you might expect, Team PokerStars Pro Joe Hachem is more than a little concerned with what's happening at home. After struggling to find a way to help, he worked with PokerStars and set up a charity tournament with a portion of the buy-in going to help the people affected by the fires in Australia.

Below is an open letter Hachem wrote to the PokerStars community.


My family and I have been watching in disbelief over the recent weeks to what has been happening on our doorsteps. We would like to do something to help and I also feel the Australian poker community feels the same way. With the help of PokerStars I have been able to set a tournament this Sunday where $10 of your $20 entry fee will go the bushfire appeal. PokerStars will also help by doubling your contributions. The more people who enter the more we will give. So please join me and help bring some hope to my fellow Victorians.

Please log this Sunday afternoon 22nd February 2009 at 2.30pm (AEST) to play in a charity tournament to help the victims of this tragedy. The tournament is under Events > Special tab in your PokerStars game lobby.


Joe Hachem
Team PokerStars Pro


If you've been around PokerStars for very long, you know the company and the players step up when it's time to help others. The PokerStars community has raised millions for the people affected by the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the earthquakes in China, and several other major causes. Now, it's time to help again.

See everyone on Sunday.

Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in Joe Hachem