GGPoker Community Donates $354,000 To Caesars Cares Charity
Over $350,000 Donated By International Poker Players & GGPoker To Caesars Cares Relief Fund
GGPoker adds to $257,853 raised in WSOP Online 2020 poker tournament
GGPoker today announces that $257,853 was raised by the worldwide poker community via “Event #34: Every 1 for COVID Relief”, one of the poker tournaments in its WSOP Online 2020 series. GGPoker pledged a further $96,903, resulting in a total donation of $354,756 to Caesars Cares.
The tournament attracted 2,323 participants, who each donated $111 of their buy-in to the Caesars Cares assistance fund; this fund supports Caesars Entertainment team members across the U.S. who have suffered unanticipated hardships as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“We are incredibly grateful to our partner GGPoker for their contribution to Caesars Cares,” said Ty Stewart, Executive Director of the World Series of Poker. “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 flagship World Series of Poker (WSOP) live poker tournament in Las Vegas was postponed due to the public health emergency. As an alternative, GGPoker is hosting an online series of WSOP events, with 54 gold bracelets to be claimed in GGPoker’s WSOP Online 2020 series. The tournaments at GGPoker mark the first time that players located outside the U.S. have been able to compete for official WSOP bracelets online.
Following the latest pledge, GGPoker and the worldwide poker community have now donated more than $600,000 in the past six months, with over $250,000 raised to fight COVID-19 via earlier GGPoker charity tournaments.
The WSOP Online 2020 series continues at GGPoker through September 6, and will be extensively covered in the media, with tournament action regularly broadcast on GGPoker.TV and Poker Central, and tournament reports published on PokerNews and elsewhere.
About GGPoker: GGPoker is one of the world’s leading online poker rooms, with a growing global player base. It offers a range of innovative games and features such as the patented Rush & Cash poker, All-In or Fold, Spin & Gold, integrated staking platform, the ability to squeeze your hole cards, PokerCraft, and Smart HUD, all designed to enhance gaming experiences and make poker more fun than ever. In May 2020, GGPoker hosted the WSOP Super Circuit Online Series, an online poker tournament series that featured hundreds of events and awarded over $134 million in cash prizes.
About the World Series of Poker
The World Series of Poker® is the largest, richest and most prestigious gaming event in the world, having awarded more than $3.29 billion in prize money and the prestigious gold bracelet, globally recognized as the sport’s top prize. Featuring a comprehensive slate of tournaments in every major poker variation, the WSOP is poker’s longest-running tournament in the world, dating back to 1970. In 2019, the event attracted 187,298 entrants from 118 different countries to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and awarded more than $293 million in prize money. In addition, the WSOP has formed groundbreaking alliances in broadcasting, digital media and corporate sponsorships, while successfully expanding the brand internationally with the advent of WSOP Europe in 2007 and the WSOP Asia-Pacific in 2013 and the WSOP International Circuit Series in 2015. For more information on the WSOP, please visit www.wsop.com.
About Caesars Cares
Lifeboat, Inc., operating as “Caesars Cares,” is a public charity funded with contributions from the Company’s Board of Directors, executives, business partners and donations from any individuals who wish to contribute. Caesars Cares is overseen by a three-person board of directors, including two independent directors and a representative of Caesars Entertainment. To make a tax-deductible gift to the Caesars Cares fund or for more information, visit www.caesars.com/cares.
For more information, please contact Paul Burke at [email protected]