WSOP and GGPoker donate $350,000 to COVID-19 relief fund
Daniel Negreanu, GGPoker Ambassador, presents donation check to Ty Stewart, Executive Director, WSOP
The World Series of Poker 2020 Online Series has been a huge success for virtually everyone involved, with participants registering in their houses, prizepools up way above their initial guarantees and massive top prizes won by players who have been happy to share their magic winning moments.
GG Poker and the World Series have given back as they’ve donated over $350,000 to the Caesars Cares Relief Fund to aid those who have found the fight against COVID-19 the toughest.
GGPoker 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.
The Executive Director of the World Series of Poker, Ty Stewart, was happy to announce the donation, and posed alongside ‘Kid Poker’ himself, Daniel Negreanu, as they donated the cheque.
“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.”
After this latest pledge of money from GGPoker, the poker community in general have now donated more than $600,000 in the past six months from poker players, companies, brands and fans.