by Scott Cooper
Hard Rock Charity Miami
The $300 buy-in reentry tournament will be rake-free, with all proceeds going to those affected by last month’s storm that swept through South Florida.
“If you’re going to Florida please combine the @PokerStars charity tournament for Hurricane Irma relief,” PokerStars Team Pro Vanessa Selbst posted on Twitter.
Local Experts Helping Out
On the PokerStars blog, Brad Willis said that the world’s largest online poker site “will help with the aim of providing as much support for those people affected by the recent disasters.”
There will be more than $50,000 in cash prizes up for grabs at the Seminole Hard Rock poker room on Tuesday. Other prizes players can potentially win include a $20,000 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) package in January in the Bahamas, and other tournament buy-ins.
PokerStars will match all contributions up to $100,000. Jeff Gross and South Floridian Jason Mercier, both PokerStars pros, are expected to make an appearance at the charity event.
Jason’s presence at the tournament is conditional on his pregnant wife’s status. Natasha Mercier is expected to pop October 5. But if you’ve ever been a parent, you understand sometimes the baby wants out early.
For a Great Cause
And Susan Renneisen, vice president of community affairs and special events at Seminole Hard Rock Casino, is proud to help the relief efforts.
“It is upsetting to see the damage that all these families have endured during this storm season. We encourage everyone in the community to help however they could. Every bit helps, and we’re glad to be able to do our part,” she said.
Hurricane Irma ripped through Florida last month with winds surpassing 100 MPH in certain areas of the state. At least 75 people in the Sunshine State died because of the tropical storm. Many homes were destroyed, leaving some without a place to call home.
The charity tournament will take place a day after the conclusion of the WSOP Circuit Main Event in the exact same casino. Perhaps, some poker players that competed in that event will stick around on October 3 to help raise money for a good cause.
All profits will be donated to Feeding South Florida, a local food pantry. The funds will then be used to offer food, water, and supplies to those affected by Hurricane Irma.