Poker tournaments are one of those prestigious events which are not only aimed at fun & enjoyment but also involve an element of charity. Charity poker tournaments are often organized with a motive of raising money for some noble cause. Players buy-in to the events just like as they do for a regular poker tournament with any cash prize pool. Some of the fund is then collected from players which is further donated to charity, whereas another amount is set aside for prize pool.
At such charity tournaments, sometimes the winner’s prize may not be a cash prize. It could be a material thing. Still many players opt to buy-in for the tournament, even after knowing that most of the money contributed by them will be donated to a charity and that is what makes these tournaments more special. Such tourneys & their participants are truly admirable & symbol of humanity.
In some cases, players’ buy-in amount is matched up by the event hosting organization. The total amount of fund contributed by the players is calculated and the host company donates the same amount along with all the funds. There are many organizations which host offline as well as online poker charity tournaments. Some of the popular organizations are –
- Titan Poker – Titan Poker is one of the most popular organizations who often host different poker charity events from time to time, allowing its online poker players to enjoy their favorite game as well as contributing funds for a worthy cause at the same time. For instance, Titan Poker host an Aid for Haiti charity poker tournament in January, 2010, when a powerful earthquake hit the Caribbean island. That time, buy-in funds matched by Titan Poker were donated to the Red Cross in order to fund the relief operations. Beside this, they also organize poker charity freeroll event every year at the time of Christmas in which a guaranteed prize pool is distributed among the winners and a matching amount is donated to a major charity organizations.
- Chicago Charitable Games – ChicagoPokerLive.com is basically a weekend poker tour which is purely dedicated for promoting the fine events that are actually geared up for helping the poker players & their needs. They organize several poker tournaments that are aimed at helping the needy & ambitious poker players. Ranging from serious poker pros to the amateurs, who are getting ready to cut their teeth; anyone can be part of it. Thus, giving fantastic opportunities to many poker lovers to get their feet wet in the world of live poker.
- WSOP – World Series of Poker (WSOP) is the largest, richest and most prestigious organization which is purely dedicated to poker game. The organization is quite popular in the international poker circuit for its several charity events that were associated with “One Drop”. WSOP is the only one to reward more than one billion dollars in the prize money and its prestigious gold bracelet. It holds a successful record of using its platform for helping people by organizing fun-filled poker charity tournaments. Now the organization is also planning to host a new “One Drop event” in 2013 & 2014 which will be a four-day event and is expected to award the largest prize pool of the summer in any $1,000 buy-in event.
- WPT – World Poker Tour (WPT) is a series of international poker tournaments. It was started in the United States by Steven Lipscomb, CEO of WPT Enterprises (WPTE). In November 2009, PartyGaming took over WPT. WPT is also known for hosting various poker charity events. They have their own Foundation beneficiaries. For instance, The Vahagn Setian Charitable Foundation (VSCF) is a non-profit organization associated with WPT which is aimed at enhancing the quality of education. Similarly, U.S.VETS is one of the largest nonprofit organizations which helps the homeless & needy people. Just like these, many other charitable organizations are associated with WPT.