GGPoker reveals that the worldwide poker community raised $257,853 through “Event # 34: Every 1 for COVID Relief,” one of the poker tournaments included in its WSOP Online 2020 series. GGPoker pledged an additional $96,903 which resulted in a cumulative donation of $354,756 to Caesars Cares.
The tournament attracted 2,323 players, each of whom contributed $111 of their buy-in to the Caesars Cares aid fund; this fund helps members of the Caesars Entertainment team across the U.S. who have suffered unexpected difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 emergency.
Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker said: “We are incredibly grateful to our partner GGPoker for their contribution to Caesars Cares.
“This donation will provide needed support to Caesars Entertainment team members experiencing unexpected setbacks as we work towards resuming operations and restoring normal business conditions. As if GGPoker’s idea to direct a portion of the buy-in from each player to Caesars Cares wasn’t generous enough, we are absolutely floored and elated by their decision to contribute nearly another $100,000 to the fund.”
“The international poker community really stepped up this time, and GGPoker was there to push the effort forward,” said GGPoker ambassador, Daniel Negreanu. “We will continue to raise funds for worthy causes in the future, and I’m grateful to be part of something that’s helping to make such a difference.”
The live poker tournament at the flagship World Series of Poker ( WSOP) in Las Vegas has been postponed due to the public health emergency. As an alternative, GGPoker is holding a series of WSOP events online, with 54 gold bracelets to be won in the WSOP Online 2020 sequence of GGPoker. The GGPoker tournaments are the first time players outside the US have been able to compete online for official WSOP bracelets.
With the new pledge, GGPoker and the poker community around the world have now contributed more than $600,000 over the past six months, raising more than $250,000 to battle COVID-19 via earlier GGPoker charity tournaments.
The WSOP Online 2020 series continues at GGPoker through September 6, and will be widely reported in the media, with regularly televised tournament coverage on GGPoker. TV and Poker Central, as well as tournament updates released on PokerNews and elsewhere.