Dan Smith’s Annual Charity Drive Returns

Last year the DoubleUpDrive raised over $4.5 million!

From November 27 until December 29 Dan Smith is back at the helm of his annual charity DoubleUpDrive.

For every donation made to ten hand picked charities of Dan and his team’s choice, they will match donations up to a total of $1,140,000.

Last year the campaign raised over $4.5 million for these charities. So far over $100,000 has already been raised by the charity drive for 2018.

Over on his blog, Dan goes into more detail about what drives him to run this initiative each year.

“I’ve gone through several existential crises about my future as a poker player, mostly being uncomfortable playing a negative sum game which doesn’t contribute to society. Largely in part due to this drive, all those concerns have dissipated. I still genuinely love to play poker, and am thrilled that due to this drive, I can use my favorite thing to make a tremendous impact on the world” Dan said in this blog post.

You can read more about the charities and how to donate here.

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Patrik Antonius is Coming to India to Play Poker

High stakes poker player and former tennis pro Patrik Antonius is coming to Goa, India to play poker at India’s largest casino, Deltin Royale Goa.

Delta Corp, the group which owns Deltin Royale Casino and India’s largest online poker room Adda52, is celebrating its 10th anniversary from November 30 to December 5 at the luxurious Deltin Royale Casino.

Antonius recently announced on social media that he will be attending the casino on November 30.

“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be coming to Deltin Royale in India, Goa on November 30th for their tenth-year anniversary celebration. I have never been [to] India and I have heard many big things about poker and I’m excited to come and play there for the first time. I’ll see you there,” wrote the Finnish player.

Patrik has racked almost $12 million in live tournament winnings and is one of the most feared poker players. He also holds the record for winning $1.3 million pot—the biggest in the history of online poker against none other than Isildur1 back in 2009.

Adda52, this week, ran a cash game promo on its online website where it gave players a chance to play live heads up with Patrik Antonius (worth INR 5 LAC) at Deltin Casino on December 2.

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WATCH: Joey Ingram’s Take On The Pitch Black Bathroom Prop Bet

Joey Ingram breaks his social media hiatus to bring us his thoughts on a recent prop bet that is happening over in Las Vegas at the moment.

First put on the radar by our very own Nick Jones the prop bet will see a poker player enter a pitch black room for 30 days where he will have no human interaction in the hopes of winning $100,000.

For a more detailed round up of what the bet includes and whether Joey thinks this guy can do it, check out the video below. FWIW, for me, this is what actual nightmares are made of.

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PokerStars Pro Jaime Staples To Tie The Knot

PokerStars Team Online pro Jaime Staples is to tie the knot to this long term girlfriend Rebecca.

Rebecca, a recreational poker player herself, has been with Staples every step of the way during the past 18 months as Jaime undertook the #ultimatesweat challenge.

In a touching post and vlog Jaime captured the beautiful moment when he proposed on video.

Check out the video below. Im not crying, you’re crying.

Massive congratulations to the pair.

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Liv Boeree’s Walk Down Memory Lane

PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree has revisited her old high school in the UK to give a talk to the current students, to highlight the joys of studying Maths and Science.

It is not the first time Boeree has made science cool, as her Facebook show Amazing Science Adventures did that for us.

But as everyone knows by now Boeree is many things; a physicist, metal-head and poker pro to name a few. She can now add 'speaker’ to that list too.

As well as speaking at her old school, Boeree has recently given inspirational Ted and Ted X talks about the power of logical thinking and how poker can be used to improve decision making.

Boeree is also one of the founders of the REG charity, the cornerstone of which is based in effective altruism, so it comes as no surprise her school would welcome her back to inspire the next generation of students.

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PokerStars Team Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo Joins Dutch Poker Hall of Fame

Fatima becomes the first female poker player to be honored as one of the most influential figures in poker in her country.

Former Olympic gold winner in field hockey and PokerStars Team Pro Fatima Moreira de Melo has earned a place in the Dutch Poker Hall of Fame.

The Dutch Poker Hall of Fame includes the list of players and industry people who are honored for their contribution to the popularity of poker. She now becomes the first female poker player to be inducted since its inception in 2015.

The list of honor includes nine people including Team PokerStars Pro Lex Veldhuis.

“Very proud to now be part of the Dutch Poker Hall of Fame,” Fatima wrote on Instagram.

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PokerStars Wants you to Nominate a Deserving Person for Platinum Pass

The winner of this contest will get a Platinum Pass and will join Team Ireland in the Bahamas.

Time is running out as close to 300 players have already won the PokerStars Platinum Pass to play the PokerStars $25,000 buy-in Players Championship (PSPC) event in the beautiful Bahamas.

Now, PokerStars wants you to nominate who—according to you—deserves to win a Platinum Pass. Maybe someone who missed out on it, or someone who has been contributing in to poker for years and should be recognized—or anyone who you think deserves a chance to win life-changing sums of money.

All you have to do is send an email to [email protected] telling PokerStars in less than 50 words the name of the nominated person and why should he/she win.

Nominations are open until December 10 and the winner will be chosen by December 14 by a judging panel.

More details can be found on the PokerStars Blog webpage.

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