While attending the ICE 2017 conference, Microgaming found time to also host a poker tournament for charity, on February 7th. The team from MPN, together with various operators of Microgaming products, took part in the tournament. The location for this tournament was at Sunborn London, a hotel that’s onboard a luxury super yacht, located in the vicinity of ExCeL Centre. More than 80 people took part in the tournament, consisting of both MPN staff and guests. Those that were taken out of the tournament early still had entertainment and a gin tasting to look forward to.
The tournament took place over a duration of more than 3 hours, and the winner ended up being Alon, which represented Crazy Vegas. The recipient of the winning prize was Teenage Cancer Trust, which was picked by the winner. The donation was worth £3,000. The money will go a long way towards supporting young people that are diagnosed with a cancer related illness. The charity provides support and care for patients.
The representative of the charity thanked the team from MPN and Microgaming for the support they give Teenage Cancer Trust. Every penny counts, since it helps them support more young adults and teenagers that are battling cancer.
As for the second place, it was taken by Lucky247’s representative, Sean Auret. He decided that the £2,000 donation should be given to Save the Rhino. The same charity got the £1,000 from the third place player, a Betsson representative called Jean-Cristophe Antoine.
Save the Rhino has been part of the Gift of Giving program for two years in a row, and they are known for the great work that they do to help rhinos that are endangered in Asia or Africa. In total, the charity received £3,000 from this particular event. Their representative has mentioned how in 2016 there were more than 1,000 rhinos poached, and that’s a number for South Africa only. In total, Microgaming has donated a total of £18,000 to the charity.
In addition to the charity, the event also had a couple of side events as a support. One of those events included a bounty of £500, which was offered by the CEO of Microgaming, Roger Raatgever. This particular event was won by 32Red’s representative, Rob Deaves. The choice in his case was The Children’s Centre, and they received the £500. This particular charity is based in Isle of Man. They help families, young people and children to fulfill their potential, using services and community initiatives for this purpose.
Their representative, Fiona Dawson, thanked Microgaming for their support and for the generous donation. The money will be used to improve the lives of children and families from the island. That particular £500 will go towards a project called The Community Farm, where children learn life skills that are vital.
Finally, there was a Sit N Go tournament as well, and its winner was Betsson’s Rory Cartwright. The prize, of £500, will go to Isle of Man’s MS Society. This particular charity helps MS patients with their treatments and they also provide support. They gratefully thanked Microgaming casinos for the money and promised to put it to good use.
In total, various charities that benefited from this event received a total of £7,000. Four different charities split this amount, in amounts ranging from £500 to £3,000.
The team from Microgaming that organized the event thanked everyone for participating and for making it a success. It will be repeated during ICE 2018, and they’re looking forward to it.