Sister sites Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars have decided to give the online poker gaming community an opportunity to give to the earthquake-struck regions of Nepal. Players who wish to assist the earthquake victims of Nepal only have to take part in a charitable initiative launched by PokerStars.
Sue Hammett, the corporate head of giving for Full Tilt and PokerStars, wrote on PokerStars Blog as follows: “The people of Nepal are in trouble and we want your help. On behalf of PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Amaya, the Helping Hands corporate giving program is calling out to the poker community to support the relief operations.”
PokerStars has promised to double players’ donations. If players donate $1, PokerStars will double it to $2 and divert the funds to CARE International, a charity that focuses on saving lives.
Nepal, a country that has a population of 26 million people, 24% of who are living on less than $125 per day, is badly in need of help at present. Hammett wrote that the governments of US, Great Britain, Australia, and European Commission have pledged $1 million, £5 million, $5 million, and €3 million, respectively. She continued: “I’d like to think that the international poker community can show its heart by digging deep. We will match your donation and together we will make a real difference. Please make whatever contribution you can and do it now. Just $5 will provide a whole family with food for a day.”
If PokerStars players want to donate, they only have to hit the Donate option. This will take them to a page that tells them everything they need to know. The simplest way to donate is to register for a dummy tournament for $1, $2, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1,000, €1, €10 and €100. These are not real tournaments, but just a fund-collection method.
Alternatively, players can transfer funds to a PokerStars account called Nepal Fund. They should first visit the cashier, choose the player transfer option, enter the amount they wish to transfer, and input Nepal Fund in the player ID field. PokerStars players can also donate their Frequent Player Points (FPPs) by visiting the Cashier and hitting on the VIP Store.
Full Tilt Poker players can register for dummy events that go under the name of Nepal Earthquake Relief or transfer their donations to a Full Tilt account called Nepal Fund. They can also contribute through the official website of CARE International.