Wednesday, September 09, 2009

PokerStars Rebuy Tourney for Kent Senter

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Online Event To Raise Money for WSOP ME Participant Kent Senter and His Family

ISLE OF MAN, UK: SEPT. 9, 2009 – PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker room, today announced the launch the $10 Re-buy tournament to benefit Kent Senter, a Pittsburgh man suffering from Multiple Myelome Cancer. In July, PokerStars sent the entire Senter family to support Kent as he played in the WSOP Main Event He made a huge impact on those he met and PokerStars is giving back to this admirable man by holding a benefit tournament to take place on September 12, 2009 at 8pm ET. Proceeds from the event will go to help Kent Senter and his family.

"I'm so grateful and there's no way to thank everyone for what they've done," said Patty Senter, "PokerStars and Bluff have gone above and beyond and anything they could have possibly done for us, they have. A 'random act of kindness' doesn't even describe what these generous people have done. This is something we will never forget and are forever grateful."

Kent was diagnosed with Multiple Myelome in 2007 and has been fighting for his life ever since. His dream was to play in the World Series of Poker and Patty, his wife, did everything in her power to make his dream come true. In June she reached out to Bluff Magazine publisher Eric Morris and PokerStars and together they made Kent’s dream come true. Kent, an amateur poker player, endured a great deal of pain while sitting at the poker table each day.

He made it to the end of Day 2 before busting out- an impressive feat for a non-professional player, let alone someone in Kent’s condition. Although Kent missed the money at the event his story struck a nerve with many people at the WSOP. The USA Today, Associated Press, the local Pittsburgh media and poker trade publications like Bluff covered his story. ESPN filmed a feature segment on Kent that will appear in the September 8th and 14th broadcast.

“Kent is a great guy and has an amazing family,” said 2003 WSOP Main Event champion and Team PokerStars Pro, Chris Moneymaker. “I had the opportunity to spend some time with them during the Main Event and really enjoyed getting to know them. Its amazing that PokerStars sees their members struggling, and steps up when appropriate to help out.”

The goal of the event is to raise money to help pay for Kent’s medical bills that have put him and his family into debt.

Tournament details:
Date & Time: September 12, 2009: 8:00PM EST
Tournament Name: Kent Senter Benefit Tournament
How to Sign Up: Register for the event in the Tourney / Private tab
Structure: $10 buy-in with $10 re-buys for the first hour, standard speed

Prize Pool:
PokerStars and Bluff Magazine have come together to put together a great prize package for tournament participants:

1st place: Buy-in to the PokerStars WCOOP Main Event
2nd Place: Seat to a WSOP Academy provided by Bluff Magazine.
3rd Place: PokerStars tournament credit voucher for $1000
4th Place: PokerStars tournament credit voucher for $500
5th Place: PokerStars tournament credit voucher for $300
6th Place: PokerStars tournament credit voucher for $200

All players who reach the final table will also receive a free year subscription to Bluff Magazine and Fight magazine courtesy of Bluff.

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