PokerStars, Full Tilt and Online Poker Players Donate More Than Half a Million Dollars to Philippine Typhoon Victims

In November, Typhoon Haiyan resulted in an enormous amount of suffering in the Philippines while catastrophically changing the day-to-day livelihoods of millions in the region.

Shortly after the typhoon struck, PokerStars and Full Tilt reached out to its player base—and promised to match dollar for dollar all donations.

Players were able to make donations by signup up to designated “tournaments” in the lobby.

In total, $560,078 was gifted to the CARE International foundation.


On Monday, PokerStars Blog writer Sue Hammett outlined how the charitable donations have been allocated to assist those affected by the tragedy.

More than 1,100 metric tons of food were delivered to 252,115 individuals who were victimized by Typhoon Haiyan. Cash transfers to purchase food in local markets were also given to 3,700 people.

Approximately 117,000 Haiyan survivors received emergency shelter or shelter repair materials. Those materials included corrugated metal sheets and tools.

Another 19,549 people were given cash along with specialized training to assist them in resuming their previous forms of making a living or to generate income within a business structure.

Hammett ended the blog post by thanking all PokerStars and Full Tilt players who made donations on behalf of the victims.

A full PDF report has been published for those wishing to view additional information on how the charitable actions benefited those in need.