As the final table of their Aruba Poker Classic plays out today, Ultimate Bet is once again showing its commitment not only to quality poker tournaments, but also to charity through a tournament in Aruba and an upcoming event in Canada.
After Day Three of the Aruba Poker Classic finished for the night on Thursday, players were offered the opportunity to play in a special charity event. The $100 Rebuy No Limit Hold’em tournament was held to benefit a local charity, the Children’s Home Imeldahof. All of the $100 rebuys were donated directly to the Children’s Home Imeldahof and Ultimate Bet matched the money made from the rebuys dollar-for-dollar.
In many ways, it was an opportunity for Ultimate Bet and the poker world to give something back to the community that has hosted one of the top tournament destinations for so many years. “We are proud to support such a worthy cause for local kids in Aruba,” said Annie Duke, the Card Room Consultant for Ultimate Bet and a guest columnist on Poker News Daily. “The donations will directly assist Imeldahof and provide an environment in which their children can relax, have fun, and be safe.”
The Children’s Home Imeldahof offers shelter for 52 children who are unable to remain in their own homes due to mental, physical, and sexual abuse, neglect, and alcohol or drug abuse by their parents. The home provides more than just physical shelter; it also emphasizes emotional well-being.
While the festivities were continuing in Aruba, Ultimate Bet announced that it would continue its charitable efforts with another poker tournament north of the border in Canada. From November 14th to 18th at the historical Windsor Station in the center of Downtown Montreal, Ultimate Bet and the Starlight Children’s Foundation will play host to one of the country’s largest charity poker tournaments ever, the inaugural Ultimate Bet Starlight Poker Challenge.
The tournament, which will be a four day event, will be a tremendous battle, as 1,000 poker players will step to the felts to vie for the largest prize pool awarded in a charity event held in Canada. After the four days of play, the final ten players will earn the right to head to Las Vegas to play out the final table. While the trip to Vegas might be enough for some, the major prize at stake is $100,000.
For those who have difficulties at the tables, Ultimate Bet will be sending its big guns to help with training. Ultimate Bet ambassadors Duke and Phil Hellmuth will offer seminars on how to improve their games and, once the teaching is over, will step up and play in the tournament themselves. With these events, Ultimate Bet continues to demonstrate its commitment to charitable causes and the power of poker to raise awareness and funds for deserving organizations.