As devastation and the death toll rises in Typhoon-ravaged Philippines, the country is struggling to provide medical care, food and shelter. Help has been pledged from all over the world to help the over 650,000 people displaced in the Philippine Central Islands due to Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest recorded storms in history.
PokerStars, the world largest online poker site, has launched efforts to help raise funds to assist those in the Philippines.
Through a partnership between PokerStars and CARE International that was created earlier this year, the poker operator is helping players make donations directly though the game software to Additionally, for every dollar donated, in game, PokerStars has pledged to match it.
CARE International is an organization focused on providing aid to humanitarian efforts in the face of large scale natural disasters.
Players are able to contribute in a number of ways. Poker players can contribute money via a special tournament created to collect donations. No poker is played, but rather it is an easy collection method for the buyin to be added to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. The tournaments, located in the PokerStars lobby, range from $1 up to $1000. Players can donate using these tournaments as often as they wish.
Players can also make a donation by way of a real-money player transfer to the designated Player ID of “Typhoon Fund” in the PokerStars Cashier. All funds collected will be matched by PokerStars.
Others in the gambling industry such as Canadian tycoon Calvin Ayre have donated $200,000 and pledged up to $1 million in matched donations through his foundation. Calvin Ayre is the founder of Bodog.
People can also donate directly to CARE International‘s Humanitarian Coalition in aid of victims of Typhoon Haiyan.