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WSOP and GGPoker Donate  $350,000 to Caesars Care Charity

Written By: Maya Michaels | August 4, 2020 | Posted In Poker News

GGPoker has announced that the worldwide poker community raised $257,853 through the “Event #34: Every 1 for COVID Relief”, one of the poker tournaments in its WSOP Online 2020 series. GGPoker pledged an additional $96,903, resulting in a total donation of $354,756 to Caesars Cares.

The tournament brought in 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.”

GGPoker ambassador, Daniel Negreanu added: “The international poker community really stepped up this time, and GGPoker was there to push the effort forward.” 

“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 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In order not to be completely canceled, the event went online

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.

In the past six months, more than $600,000 has been donated by GGPoker and the worldwide poker community. In addition to the latest pledge, over $250,000 was also raised to fight COVID-19 via earlier GGPoker charity tournaments.

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