The Queen’s University Poker Club (QPC), which is now in its second year, not only gives players a chance to have fun, but also raises funds for charity. The QPC, which comprises an executive team of six members, organizes live poker tournaments every month and donates the funds raised to charity groups that are independent of Queen’s University.

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Recently, Jessica Chong, a reporter for, interviewed QPC Co-president Ian Attema to find out more about how the QPC views the game of poker. Relating the tale of how the QPC originated, Attema said that the poker club was started by a group of friends who were interested in raising funds for charity. As soon as they got the idea of starting a poker club, they applied for a grant. Attema is not new to poker as he plays a lot of social poker games.

When asked why they decided to focus on poker and not any other casino game, Attema said: “I think it’s a great game … I was honestly surprised that we didn’t already have a club for poker. You have to be smart to do well at poker; it’s a very challenging game, a lot of skills involved, a lot of luck too.” He also said that he chose poker because he wanted to show people that poker is a great game, which can be a “great way for friends to hang out and also support good causes like charities.”

Further speaking about the development of the QPC, he said that they advertised the club a lot initially, especially through the social media. The club doesn’t have any permanent members, but the same people turn up to register for its tournaments. Each tournament has a field of anywhere between 60 and 100 players. Those who wish to take part are required to pay a registration fee of $10, and $4 of it is diverted to a charitable organization. Every time the QPC organizes a tournament, it raises as much as $400 for a charity. The winner of the tournament gets a grand non-cash prize; last year, the champion went home with a PlayStation 3.

Speaking of how the QPC develops a sense of bonding and community among players, Attema said: “People do meet at our tournaments … We want to be an outlet for people not just to have these massive tournaments, but also to meet people with similar interests.”

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