When Dylan Tombides, a talented young footballer with the world at his feet, passed away after a three-year battle with testicular cancer his mother, Tracy, founded the DT38 Foundation whose goal it is to raise awareness of testicular cancer in young men.
The DT38 Foundation receives no government funding and relies on donations from the public in order to continue operating, educating and ultimately saving the lives of young men.
One fundraising and awareness raising event took place at Aspers Casino, Stratford on Wednesday night in the shape of a charity poker tournament. The DT38 Foundation charity tournament was the curtain raiser for the WPT National London festival that commences on Thursday evening, and what a spectacular night it was.
Costing £100 to enter, of which £38 was donated to the DT38 Foundation, the tournament was priced to attract a significant turnout. The organisers weren’t disappointed as a total of 112 entries were taken, creating a prize pool of £6,944 and knocking £4,256 off of the ambitious £1 million target for the DT38 Foundation.
Among those in attendance were Charlie Godwin, Simon Tomsett, Jenny Sherman, French star Lucille Cailly, Kevin Allen, Jamie Roberts, Charles “Chaz” Chattha, former November Nine member James Akenhead, partypoker ambassador Tony Dunst, footballers Mile Jedinak and Dan Potts, and even a rare live poker tournament appearance by Triple Crown winner Roland de Wolfe.
Despite the star-studded nature of the field, it was bwin.party’s Group Director of Poker, Jeffrey Haas who walked away with the title of champion, after the in-the-money players agreed to a six-way chop.
The final six players were guaranteed payment of between £485 and £2,374 and agreed, at Haas’ suggestion, to each take £1,000 and donate the remaining £944 prize pool to the charity. It was a move that was welcomed by all parties and a superb gesture by all involved.
Haas’ victory tops off a roller coaster of a fortnight for the man who founded the Asia Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) among others.
On July 20, Haas tweeted the fantastic news that he had not only become a father again, but he actually delivered his new daughter into the world when it became apparent Haas and his wife wouldn’t make it to the hospital in time.
Biggest news is that I had the extraordinary privilege to deliver my daughter into the world, as we couldn't get to hospital on time.Follow @pokertatsu
The very nice, calm and professional emergency services operator talked me through the delivery on speakerphone, and baby is safe! #NHSRocksFollow @pokertatsu
Shortly after that brace of tweets, Haas informed the poker world that he is to leave his role at bwin.party at the end of July in order to pursue a new adventure. Could we be seeing Haas at more poker tournaments off the back of this result?
Other news is work-related. I am leaving @bwinpartyworld at the end of the month for a new adventure. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.Follow @pokertatsu
The WPT National London festival commences at 8:00p.m on Thursday night with the first of three flights in the £200 buy-in Accumulator event. Players can buy into one, two or all three flights with any chips they progress with combined into one for their Day 2 stack.
WPT National London schedule
|Thu 30 Jul||2:00pm||£25 Super Satellite to Main Event - £20 rebuys|
|Thu 30 Jul||8:00pm||£200 partypoker WPT National London Flight 1|
|Fri 31 Jul||2:00pm||£200 partypoker WPT National London Flight 2|
|Fri 31 Jul||8:00pm||£200 partypoker WPT National London Flight 3|
|Sat 1 Aug||1:00pm||partypoker WPT National London Day 2|
|Sat 1 Aug||7:00pm||£110 WPTN Experience|
|Sun 2 Aug||2:00pm||£80 WPTN 8-Max Bounty - £25 bounties|
|Sun 2 Aug||3:00pm||partypoker WPT National London Final Day|
|Sun 2 Aug||6:00pm||£55 WPTN Turbo Charged Deepstack|