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PokerStars Steps Up to Fight Ebola Virus

A substantial number of news reports in the past few weeks have focused on the Ebola virus and how it has affected the lives of those residing in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Almost 5,000 have died in those countries due to Ebola, causing devastation to entire communities where many are scared to leave their homes or forced into quarantine.

The spread of the Ebola virus has been quite rapid, raising problems in other countries, including the U.S. Authorities from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been working overtime informing health care professionals on how to combat and treat the virus.

Unfortunately, estimates on the continued spread of Ebola in West Africa are much too high. By December, anywhere from 5,000 – 10,000 new cases are expected each week.

PokerStars Aims to Make a Difference

PokerStars has reached out to its loyal players in an effort to assist those in need of support in the countries affected by the Ebola virus. In conjunction with CARE International, PokerStars’ players can help by donating 1,200 Frequent Player Points (FPPs) via the VIP Store. In turn, PokerStars will donate $20 to the Ebola Virus Relief Effort.

The PokerStars blog reports that calculations made by CARE show that just $15 is enough to protect an entire West African family for a month. The money goes toward proper hygiene kits in the form of soap, chlorine and gloves.

The poker community showed its strength and support when Typhoon Haiyan devasted areas of the Philippines one year ago. More than $250,000 was donated by players, an amount that was matched by PokerStars.

Now a different region of our planet needs our help again. Rest-of-world players can click here for more information and donate by using FPPs. Players in the U.S. who cannot currently play at PokerStars and rack up the FPPs are encouraged to click on this Care International/PokerStars link and donate directly. A little bit will go a long way toward helping those in need.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.