Like gamblers and non-gamblers the world over, the people at PokerStars
are raising funds for Tsunami Relief and Typhoon Haiyan victims. Its sister site Full Tilt
is also joining the campaign.
PokerStars has set up a series of 13 "dummy tournaments" where players can donate from $1 to E100. There is no actual play but the money will go to CARE International
. PokerStars will also match all such donations.
This is not the first time PokerStars has run such an event, indeed it has a long history of running charity
tournaments for a variety of causes.
We will doubtless see many other industries rallying to the cause in the coming weeks. The music industry is already hard at work
, but in addition to emergency relief: food, clean water, shelter, etc, the reconstruction will require a long term commitment such as can be marshalled only by governments working in cooperation with each other.