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Poker Pro Bernard Lee Hosts Gift-Giving Event for Homeless Families

 Poker Pro Bernard Lee Hosts Gift Giving Event for Homeless Families

After writing a story about how a casino is possibly trying to pull one over on its customers, how about a nice poker-related story for the holiday season? Professional poker player Bernard Lee, who hosts the Bernard Lee Poker Show on Rounders Radio and is the former co-host of ESPN’s poker news show Inside Deal, hosted an event this past weekend to provide gifts to the members of 40 homeless families.

The event was sponsored by Lee’s Full House Charity Program and held at the Perkins Community Center in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston through a partnership with FamilyAid Boston. FamilyAid provides shelter, housing, and services for homeless families. It does more than just give people shelter for a night (which in itself is great), but also works with families to try to get them into affordable homes and provide them with the support to improve their lives and avoid homelessness forever.

“This is the most challenging time of the year for families experiencing homelessness,” said Annie Gordon, FamilyAid Boston’s director of development and external affairs, in a press release. “Parents worry that they won’t be able to fulfill their children’s holiday wishes and pay the bills at the same time, which puts a strain on the whole family during an already stressful time. Bernard and his family are not only providing parents and children with items that they want and need — they are also giving them joy and peace of mind.”

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this event is that Bernard Lee didn’t just bring a truckload of dolls, basketballs, and stuffed animals for the kids (again, this would have been great). Instead, he had accepted wish lists from the children in advance and brought personalized gifts for everyone. The gifts certainly could have been dolls, basketballs, and stuffed animals, but they ranged widely, depending on what the children really wanted.

“It’s a privilege to link up with a century-old organization like FamilyAid, which has long stood for helping Boston residents and kids,” Lee said. “My program has become a family tradition, especially for my own two children, who are a huge reason for the program’s success. Our goal has always been to bring joy to New England families during the holiday season. More than anything, I love seeing the children smile when they receive the specific gifts they wished for. My family and I always look forward to this event.”

In addition to this event, Lee’s Full House Charity Program distributes funds to charitable organizations around the Boston community year-round. Lee and his daughter also flew to Houston last month to help out four families who were victimized by Hurricane Harvey, giving them gifts that were on their wish list. Lee also sent supplies and gift cards to people in Florida and Puerto Rico to help in their recovery from Hurricane Irma.

On a personal note, Bernard Lee was one of the first poker pros I ever met when I first started in the poker industry, covering the World Series of Poker in 2005. He was extremely generous with his time and was happy to shoot the breeze with me away from the action, making me feel welcome in a hectic environment. I was not at all surprised when I first started hearing about his charitable endeavors several years ago.

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PokerStars Hosts Largest Online Tournamet Field of All Time

 PokerStars Hosts Largest Online Tournamet Field of All Time

The prize pool may not have been anything unusual, but the size of the field of PokerStars inaugural Common Cents tournament series certainly was. On Monday, PokerStars broke its own record for the largest online poker tournament of all-time by attracting 253,698 players to the micro-roller tournament series’ kickoff event.

PokerStars didn’t get over a quarter-million players with some ridiculous prize pool and outlandish guaranteed first prize. It was quite the opposite, actually – it was a ridiculously low buy-in that drew the crowd. Just one cent. That’s right, Common Cents really does signify that the buy-ins are insanely low. With a one cent buy-in, and a $ 100,000 guaranteed prize pool, anyone could afford to enter. In fact, people couldn’t afford NOT to enter the tournament.

And with just a one cent buy-in, that means that it was almost completely a $ 100,000 freeroll, as there was more than $ 97,000 in overlay. On top of that, more than 500 tickets to the Common Cents Main Event were randomly awarded during the tournament. (it only costs 99 cents, but hey, for some micro-rollers, that could be a sizable chunk of their bankroll).

Austria’s “DaDumon” won the tournament, cashing for $ 10,000. In all, over 26,000 people made the money.

The previous record for the largest online poker tournament was set by PokerStars in 2013 when 225,000 players showed up during the site’s 100 billionth hand celebration.

The Common Cents tournament festival looks like it will be a recurring deal. In this first run, there are fourteen events with escalating buy-ins as the series goes on. There will be two tournaments per day, with each day’s events costing 10 cents more than the ones on the previous day (yesterday’s second tourney had an 11 cent buy-in). All have guaranteed prize pools, but none come close to the $ 100,000 from the penny tourney. The Main Event, as mentioned will be 99 cents and will feature a $ 25,000 guaranteed prize pool.

As is the case with most, if not all, PokerStars tournament series, there is a leader board for Common Cents in which the top 100 points earners will share $ 1,000 in winnings. The overall leader at the end of the festival will receive $ 100.

The Common Cents tournament series appears to be another effort by PokerStars to appeal to the casual player. While high stakes games get all the attention, the vast majority of online poker players play on the penny, nickel, and dime tables and are often priced out of the higher buy-in tournaments.

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