Online poker site Absolute Poker is currently collecting money for donation to victims of the recent tsunami in South Asia. The site’s Tsunami Relief Fund already totals over $10,000, thanks to the donation of all tournament fees collected on New Year’s Day.
“Overall our goal is to raise a minimum of $25,000 to help the victims of this horrific event,” said Gian Perroni, Poker Room Manager at Absolute Poker. All funds are going to the International Red Cross.
A special tournament is being held on Wednesday January 5 at 10PM EST to aid those affected by the disaster. All entry fees from the $20 + $5 No Limit Holdem “Tsunami Relief Tournament” will be matched by Absolute Poker and donated to the relief effort. “We hope to see 500 players for this event,” said Perroni.
Perroni added that the site has opened up special “donation only” tournament listings in order to allow players to make a donation to the relief fund from their real money account in the amount of their choosing.
Regarding the donation drive, Perroni stated: “We are very proud of the incredible group of players that join us daily at Absolute Poker, and between us we will hopefully be able to make at least a small bit of a difference.”
Those of us who have been loving this great game for years have been blessed with the great developments, Free Sports Picks and many opportunities this poker boon has provided. 2005 will be another banner year, and the new world order of poker will continue to shape itself. Many people in the TV, and sports world will try to make the game more & more of a “sport”. Those trying to make the game a sport will find that poker is a game, and the wild variances and luck factor associated with tournament poker make it difficult at best to have the best (and most recognizable) faces at a televised final table every time. Poker will fit into the sport mold in some ways, and be a very poor fit in other ways. A pile of gold awaits the man or woman that figures out the way to bridge the gap, and make poker fit well into the televised, sound bite world of modern day sport.
In 2005, more and more people will discover the joy, and the highs and lows of playing this great game. Socially, poker will become more accepted, and will eventually gain an (reluctant by some) acceptance into the fabric of our society. Online pokers social woes in the US will be largely solved, and we can look forward to years of sitting in our underwear, staring at a computer screen trying to figure out if “BigDoggg418” is bluffing or not.