He arrived as if ready to rule his personal fiefdom, but even with the swagger 18-year-old Berardino Palmieiri was liked immediately. Too bad he didn’t stick around long enough to rule the IPT, as the PokerStars Blog reports.
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Connor Drinan has won several small pots in a row, but just now it was Dzmitry Urbanovich taking down a hand.
Urbanovich opened for 65,000 and Drinan three bet to 200,000.
After some tanking, Urbanovich four bet to 415,000. Drinan quickly released.
Despite picking up 200,000 without a showdown in that hand, Urbanovich is still down a little since our last count.
Poker and charity go hand in hand. In fact, the Global Poker Index (GPI) has even dedicated a category, Charitable Initiative of the Year, in the 14th Annual European Poker Awards, which will take place at the Hilton Hotel here in Malta on March 25. Among the four nominees in the category is Helping Hands Charity Tournament, an event that raises funds for PokerStars' charity partner, Right To Play.
According to their mission statement, Right To Play is a global charity using sport and play to educate and empower children and young people to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities around the world.
On Saturday, March 21 during the EPT Malta, Helping the Hands Charity Tournament will take place at the Portomaso Casino, which is connected to the Hilton Malta. The event will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with drinks and canapé reception, which will also offer newbies free training lessons. Then, beginning at 8:30 p.m., the €100 buy-in, invite-only tournament will begin.
"The tournament and refreshments will be on the second floor of the Hilton congress hall in the magnificent 'Grand masters suite,'" said Anna Colley of Rational Group. "If you should wish you can also participate in some poker training, we will have tables allocated for this before the tournament starts."
She went on to add: "It will be a fantastic night, with plenty of opportunity to chat and play against our Team Pros, as well as staff and well-connected figures from the local business community. There will be some great prizes to be won too."
All proceeds from the event, which will have several Team PokerStars Pros in attendance, will go toward PokerStars' goal of training 1,000 Right To Play coaches, which will bolster the 2,500 volunteer coaches who are currently changing the lives of 185,000 children all over the world. To date, through there charitable endeavors, PokerStars has raised £354,201 of their £420,000 goal, meaning they're 84% of the way there. The event in Malta will no doubt bring them much closer to their target.
The Helping Hands Charity Tournament is the latest in a long line of charity work involving Rational Group. Here's a sample of Rational Group's charitable activities over the last decade:
- 2004—PokerStars players raise $187,768 for tsunami relief, but the company rounded it up to $400,000 to benefit the International Federation of the Red Cross.
- 2005—PokerStars online tournaments helped raise more than $100,000 for the American Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina.
- 2007—PokerStars teams with Ocean's Thirteen to donate $1 million to Not On Our Watch charity, which helped those in Darfur.
- 2007-2008—Life Ball, which was sponsored by PokerStars, received $100,000 and $150,000 in 2007 and 2008 respectively thanks to PokerStars players.
- 2008—PokerStars players raise HKD$2,226,146 (~$285,000 USD) for the Red Cross after devastating Chinese earthquake. PokerStars also ran the Million Dollar Men series, which raised more than $100,000 for charities endorsed by the six PokerStars players who made the World Series of Poker Main Event final table.
- 2009—Ante Up for Africa, which raised money for war-torn Darfur, took place during the EPT Monte Carlo Grand Final.
- 2010—Celebrities such as Boris Becker, Nelly, and Kelly Rowland attended a charity event at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure that raised nearly $100,000 for AIDS research via amfAR.
- 2013—PokerStars raises money for Cancer Research UK while also paying for female players in the UK to enter Race for Life events. Meanwhile, Rational Group players and staff donated more than $260,000 for CARE International after Hurricane Haiyan hit the Philippines. Rational Group doubled that.
- 2014—Rational Group funded the development of Play to Cure: Genes in Space mobile game, a game by Cancer Research UK that analyzes genetic data while you play.
For those hoping to participate in the Helping Hands Charity Tournament should RSVP to: Anna Colley – [email protected] Remember, space is limited.
To give you an idea of what the night will hold, check out this video featuring a similar charity initiative for the Quintessentially Foundation that was held last year in London.
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Connor Drinan opened for 70,000 from the button and Dzmitry Urbanovich just called from the big blind.
Urbanovich check called a bet of 60,000 on before both players checked the turn.
Urbanovich bet out 185,000 on the river.
Drinan called rather quickly, but mucked as Urbanovich showed him .
"Nice hand" rail bird Dominik Panka said.
Dzmitry Urbanovich raised to 65,000 from the button and Connor Drinan called from the big blind. The flop came down and Drinan check-called 60,000.
On the turn the hit and Drinan check-folded when Urbanovich bet 120,000.
Conor Drinan opened before the flop for 70,000, Dzmitry Urbanovich made the call.
Urbanovich checked on , and called the 50,000 continuation bet that followed.
Both players checked the on the turn, and Urbanovich checked a third tim after the hit the river.
Drinan thought for a bit, cut out some orange 25,000 chips, and tossed in a bet of 150,000.
Urbanovich casually called by tossing in a single 5,000 chip, but would soon add the other 145,000. Drinan showed and Urbanovich mucked.
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Dzmitry Urbanovich raised to 65,000 and Connor Drinan called from the big blind. The flop came down and both players checked.
The turn was the and Drinan check-called 60,000. On the river the hit and Drinan checked again. Urbanovich bet 80,000 and Drinan called once more.
Urbanovich showed and with his two pair he took down this pot.
Dzmitry Urbanovich first lost a small hand where he check called two streets with bottom pair, but ran into Connor Drinan's turned second pair.
Just now he won some back.
In a limped pot, the flop came and Urbanovich check called a bet of 30,000. The on the turn made Urbanovich check call another 60,000.
The river came the and Urbanovich bet out 165,000. Drinan folded instantly.