PokerStars Launches Appeal For Ecuador's Earthquake Victims

On April 16th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador resulting in more than 654 deaths, 16,600 injuries, as well as wide scale devastation and destruction throughout the country of 15.74 million. Following what the Ecuadorian President described as the “worst tragedy to hit the South American nation in decades,” eight days of national mourning were subsequently declared.
In the meantime, rescue operations are continuing around the clock to pull people from the rubble, while 24,000 people have lost their homes, and countless more now have no access to essential services, such as water, sanitation, or electricity. The disaster is expected to cost the country at least $3 billion, and as President Rafael Correa commented after visiting several disaster zones:
“It’s hard to imagine the magnitude of the tragedy. Every time we visit a place, there are more problems.”
Against this backdrop, PokerStars has now set up its own aid appeal, in partnership with CARE International, and is asking its players to support relief efforts by donating whatever they are able. As the site explains on its blog section:
“With your help CARE can continue delivering urgent lifesaving earthquake relief to those affected by the Ecuador Earthquake. We have set up a page where you can use 2,000 StarsCoin to make a $20 donation to CARE. That $20 could provide two families with clean water making a real difference to real people in a terrible situation.”
In addition to accepting StarsCoin donations, anyone can also donate directly towards the Ecuadorian disaster fund via the CARE international website.
PokerStars has a history of offering charitable support during times of humanitarian crisis, and last year raised $255,447 for those affected by the Nepalese earthquakes which tore through the country in 2015. It also contributes to a range of charitable causes, from raising funds for Brazil’s under privileged, to supporting Autism Speaks in New Jersey.


Poker News
pokerstars logo
28 Dec 2022
Online poker players on PokerStars in New Jersey and Michigan will finally be able to play against each other starting on January 1, 2023. This will make PokerStars the first online poker room to share player liquidity between these two states. Upon announcing the scheduled launched of shared player pools between the two states Severin
pokerstars logo
07 Feb 2022
If was a boring weekend for anyone who plays on the PokerStars platform in the US. PokerStars American-facing sites were down all weekend on what was later called “unscheduled maintenance.” PokerStars customers began flooding social media with messages and posts on Friday, February 4, complaining that they were unable to access the poker site. This
Online Gambling in Michigan
01 Feb 2021
The first legal online poker room has gone live in Michigan after PokerStars launched on Friday. On Friday, January 29 the Michigan Gaming Control Board officially approved an online gaming license for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. The tribe, which runs the Odawa Casino in Petoseky, Michigan and has partnered with PokerStars
UK's Poker Sector Just 5% of Online Gambling Market
27 Oct 2020
A major outage by GeoComply last Thursday left several online poker players with nowhere to play. GeoComply is a geolocation surface used by most online poker sites in the US. It determines where players are physically located which online poker sites need to know so ensure only legal players are using their sites. When GeoComply