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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is getting grimmer by the day. As of March 20, 246,799 confirmed cases have been reported globally, with the death toll now standing at 10,063. India has already reported 195 positive cases and five deaths from the pandemic.
The COVID-19 has not only impacted human lives but also their livelihoods. In fact, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray less than an hour ago put major cities like Mumbai, Pune, and Nagpur on lockdown. However, the CM also stated, “This is not a holiday. This has been forced upon us. Do not cut the salaries of those made to stay home.”
At a time of such an unprecedented crisis, India’s leading online poker platform, Spartan Poker, has taken the initiative to raise money and awareness to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Spartan Poker has pledged to contribute a minimum amount of ₹3 Lakhs every month, a small step, to help control the spread of the virus and help those in need.
This Spartan Poker team has generously decided to donate all the rake collected from Windfall tournaments on the platform towards the cause.
The Managing Director and co-founder of Spartan Poker, Amin Rozani, sharing his views on the initiative, said, “During this time of uncertainty and disruption, we hope that we contribute in some way to help support those impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Many businesses and community organizations are coming together to raise this fund. We would also like to encourage others to contribute to keep our communities safe and assist those who have been impacted.”
While this truly is an incredible act of kindness from the company, it isn’t the first time that the brand has been involved in social causes. In 2018, Spartan Poker had contributed ₹500 from the ₹5,500 buy-in of its popular Sunday SuperStack that took place on August 26 towards the Kerala Relief Fund to help with the flood relief efforts. The brand has been associated with other NGOs as well, like the Ketto Foundation and Mumbai-based MukkaMaar that trains girls in different forms of martial art, self-defense techniques, and mental strength exercises.
Well known poker pro Garry Gates has already proved that even a little help can go a long way. The industry veteran and poker player had on March 14 tweeted how he has been working to help such people in need. The response he received was overwhelming, proving how much such kind of help is truly needed.
With Spartan Poker having taken the first step in helping those in this time of need, the move should encourage other gaming companies to also come out with similar relief efforts!