Online poker sites contribute to Haitian relief effort

Originally Posted on Thursday Jan 21 10:59:00 GMT 2010

Many online poker sites are helping to raise money for the Haiti Relief Effort.

Amongst the many sites involved are two businesses, owned by Tokwiro, Ultimate Bet and Absolute Poker, who are holding a poker tournament tonight.

The idea is that players should give a portion of their stake and when this is totaled up after the match, Tokwiro will match it.

The generosity of the online gaming community is well known. This seems to be opposition to the American government’s view of online gambling.  They see the industry as a contributor to social disintegration.

Calvin Ayre, who is a controversial figure in the online casino world, is also offering to help the Haitian appeal.  He has offered to match any donation from the online casino world up to $1million.

No-one knows where Ayres is currently living as he likes to keep a low profile as far as the American government is concerned.  However, this latest move of his cannot be criticised.

Pocket Fives online community have also been raising money for the Haitian disaster and managed to raise around £15,000 last weekend alone.

So it seems that many poker sites are helping to raise money of Haiti.  The generosity of the New Zealand online gaming community will no doubt be joining in too.

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