Friday, June 06, 2008

Backgammon Masters Raises Monetary Aid to Chinese Earthquake Survivors is raising donations to help the survivors of the recent Chinese earthquake. For every $1 donated by members of the online Blackjack, Poker and Backgammon community, Backgammon Masters will donate $5.

All month long, players can donate by buying in to Blackjack and Backgammon tournaments at rates from $4.50 to $200. In addition, players can compete in tournaments that pledge 100% of the prize money to UNICEF, the charitable organization aiding child survivors of the earthquake. These tournaments are ongoing throughout the month. Players can also donate earnings from other online games by depositing into the special donations account set up at the cashier.

Backgammon Masters isn’t the only online gaming company taking up the cause, but they do offer the highest match rate. When questioned about why their donation was so high, especially in comparison to the billion-dollar company PokerStars’ $1-to-$1 donation, the Backgammon Masters CEO responded, “I’m not really sure why they [PokerStars] aren’t investing more in their donation, but it doesn’t really matter as long as they are doing something to help and raise awareness. We feel that it is important to encourage charitable gaming and to make this type of community outreach in the online casino world a common occurrence. Some people may be surprised that we are doing this, but we’ve always known that casino owners and players have huge hearts and pockets.”

In addition to their desire to reach out to the earthquake victims, Backgammon Masters’ other connections to China have encouraged its generous donations. They offer a Chinese dice game (also called Perudo) on their website and much of their website traffic comes from the Asian Market.

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