Support Your Dealers in the $250K Grand Prix 4 Dealers Event
partypoker is helping to raise money for out of work poker dealers by hosting the Grand Prix 4 Dealers event.
Grand Prix 4 Dealers is a $55 buy-in online tournament featuring a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool. $5 from each buy-in, the registration fee, goes towards hitting a £100,000 target to help freelance poker dealers currently out of work.
Many of the freelance dealers are self-employed and not eligible for government assistance apart from the most basic of benefits or via loans that must be repaid. partypoker is hoping the poker community delves deep and helps out some of the industry’s key workers.
There are a total of 24 starting flights running from April 26 through May 3. Each Day 1 lasts 15 levels of 12-minutes, except the turbo and hyper-turbo flights taking place on May 3; these have blinds of six-minutes and three-minutes respectively.
Players are permitted to play in as many Day 1s as they wish, but only their largest stack is taken through to the final day’s action if they progress more than once.
Satellites starting at only $2.20 are available in case the $55 buy-in is a little out of your reach.
At least $25,000 will be raised for the out of work freelance poker dealers if the guarantee is hit. Dusk Till Dawn owner Rob Yong has already pledged to match the first £100,000 from his own funds, this in addition to continuing paying all contracted staff linked to DTD.
There are other ways which you can support the dealers. Four holding tanks have been set up in the partypoker tournament lobby where every cent from the “buy-in” goes to the fund. You can choose to donate $10, $25, $50, or $100 using your partypoker funds.
partypoker LIVE has also set up a JustGiving page where you can make a donation. Team partypoker member Sam Trickett has already promised $5,000 via the JustGiving page while Triton Poker, one of partypoker LIVE’s key partner’s, has donated a massive £50,000.
John Duthie, partypoker LIVE President, said: “These are exceptional times and many freelancers and self-employed, in all industries, have got some tough months ahead. Freelance poker dealers are no exception and hopefully our ‘Grand Prix 4 Dealers’ tournament along with other initiatives may help. Come and play and know that you’re doing your bit to help the poker community.”