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Raising the Stakes Poker Charity Event Raises Money for Children’s Hospital

5 October 2010 by Devon Chappell

Online Gaming Industry doing it's part to give back where it's needed most!

Online Gaming Industry doing it's part to give back!

With so much money floating around in the multi-billion igaming industry, it’s refreshing to know that a lot of it goes to good use. Take, for example, the recent charity poker dinner and auction, “Raising the Stakes”, which raised over £270,000 for the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.

Bringing together the biggest names in the betting industry, including Party Gaming, Ladbrokes, Microgaming, OpenBet and Pageant Media, the inaugural “Founders’ Evening”  was hosted by the The Red Room at the prestigious Les Ambassadeurs Club, Mayfair on Thursday evening, September 30th.

A sold out event, which included a champagne reception, gourmet dinner and exclusive auction, was capped at the end of the envening with a super turbo poker tournament that had a prize pool with items that money can’t buy.

I’m not sure what those items were, but I do know one of the auction items was a private cooking lesson with celebrity chef, writer and restaurateur, Antonio Carluccio, and went for a sweet £14,000 – probably one of the most expensive cooking lessons ever, but certainly worth the cause.

As for the turbo poker tournament, this was fittingly won by Party Gaming’s Head of Consumer and Public Relations, Warren Lush. All in all, the evening surpassed target goals of rasing £250,000 to benefit the children of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The overall target goal, however, is far from being met. The initiative aims raise at least £500,000 to go toward a state-of-the-art, high dependency bay in the hospital’s Cardiac Critical Care Unit, which will help care for thousands of children around the world who are in need of intensive care and life support.

To help with the other £230,000 needed to build the new cardiac critical care unit, the Raising the Stakes Committe will be hosting future events.

If you are interested in helping this very worthwhile cause, please consider becoming an Associate of the Charity with a £10,000 pledge or a Partner with a £20,000 pledge. To find out more, including all the benefits and opportunites available to benefactors, please call Claire at 020 7239 3049 or email at claire.hodd [at]

And for all the bettors out there who have or ever will experience a losing streak at an online casino or poker room, console yourself with the thought that it’s not all a waste. Some very worthwhile charitable projects are taking place as a result of your online wagering.

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