The partypoker World Poker Tour National UK (WPTNUK) Main Event returns to London between July 30 and August 2 and features a £100,000 guaranteed prize pool. But before this gets under way, there’s a special charity tournament running at Aspers Casino Stratford City that’s aiming to raise money for the DT38 Foundation.
£100 is all it costs to enter the charity event and 38% of the prize pool will be donated to the DT38 Foundation. According to the WPT blog, a number of celebrities and professional poker players are set to descend on Aspers while sporting memorabilia, tickets and poker prizes are being added to the prize pool.
The DT38 Foundation was founded in memory of Dylan Tombides. A talented footballer with a great career head of him, Tombides was diagnosed with testicular cancer after a random drugs test at the Under-17 World Cup in 2011. On the morning of April 18, 2014, the 20-year old lost his three-year battle with cancer.
Tombides wore the number 38 shirt for West Ham United, hence the name of the foundation being DT38, and the club has since retired the number from use, an honour previously bestowed on the captain of England’s 1966 World Cup winning team, Bobby Moore.
Tracy Tombides, Dylan’s mother, founded DT38 with the aims of fundraising, raising awareness of testicular cancer and of the education of young people on the subject. She had this to say about the upcoming charity event.
“Having the DT38 tournament take place during the WPT festival at Aspers Casino Stratford offers us the opportunity to increase awareness about men’s health, in particular our young men, and the need for self-awareness and early detection. The evening also provides an opportunity for people to play poker, mix with footballers, and grab some great prizes whilst also fundraising to provide support, awareness and education.”
The DT38 tournament takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday 29 July and is followed by the £100,000 guaranteed WPTNU Aspers Main Event.
Buying into the Main Event costs £200 per flight and there are three flights in total. Players have the option to buy into one, two, or all three flights and at the end of each flight the chips are bagged and moved forward to Day 2. All of the opening flight chips are accumulated to give players their starting stack on Day 2.
Christopher Gordon won the previous instalment of the WPTNUK Aspers Main Event, outlasting 594 entrants to get his hands on the winner’s trophy and £22,500 in prize money. That particular event saw the likes of Steve Watts, James Akenhead, Surinder Sunar, James Dempsey, Kevin Allen, Matas Cimbolas and JJ Hazan compete for the title, and we’re sure a similar bunch of names will be in attendance this time around.
If you can’t attend the DT38 tournament, you can still make a donation by visiting the official Just Giving page where attempts are being made to raise £1 million.
Lead image courtesy of The Guardian