Online Poker Sites Raise $1.5 Million

by Poker Team

In what can only be viewed as a public relations win for the online poker community, the Poker Players Alliance is reporting that online poker players have combined to donate $1.5 million in cash to relief efforts for earthquake ravaged Haiti. In a press released issued yesterday by the PPA, Chairman and former Senator Alfonse D’Amato said,

“Like the rest of the world, the poker community is eager to do anything it can to aid Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake. I applaud PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Cake Poker for providing poker players across the globe an easy way to make a contribution. The generosity online poker players are showing makes me even more proud to be part of this community.”

All three of the sites referenced by D’Amato played a big role in doing what they could as they made available Aid for Haiti games and no-play tournaments along with player to player transfers to send funds directly to charity organizations. To date, Full Tilt Poker received $293,211 in contributions from players and they have pledged to match all received proceeds to double that figure.

PokerStars followed suit to Full Tilt Poker as they too had a dollar for dollar pledge for all funds collected.

Even Cake Poker, who pales in comparison in terms of size and player volume did their part, taking donations in $5, $25, $100, $200, and $500 amounts.

Though it is not suggested that it is a motivating factor in any way, it seems obvious that this development should make online poker be viewed more favorably as new legislation makes its way through Congress.

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