There are many paths to Barcelona and the 2020 PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold’em Championship this August. Dozens of Platinum Passes have already been won all over the globe, and in a couple of weeks one more will be awarded in Toronto, Canada at the annual Top Pair Poker Tourney.
Even better, the tournament is for charity, meaning not only will players have a chance to win a trip to the PSPC as well as other prizes, but they’ll be helping a great cause as they do.
This will be the fourth year for the Top Pair Poker Tourney which after starting as a small event in 2017 has grown each year, as David Elfan, co-chair of Top Pair Poker explains.
“It has become an opportunity for the community to come together for an exciting and fun evening of poker in order to raise crucial funds in support of breast cancer care and research,” says Elfan.
About four years ago a committee was formed led by Elfan and his fellow co-chair Jordan Black that came up with the idea to organize an event to support the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.
“Shaare Zedek is a public hospital that is privately funded and it receives very limited support from the Israeli government to upgrade equipment and technology, develop ground-breaking international research and ensure state-of-the-art medical training is available to staff,” explains Lisa Colt-Kotler, National Executive Director of the Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation.
Founded in 1902, the hospital treats over 750,000 patients per year and relies heavily on donor support to supplement the $30 million needed annually to operate.
Enter the Top Pair Poker Tourney, which in 2017 attracted 80 players and has grown every year since. Over its first three years, “the event has raised more than $500,000 total with proceeds going to The Jack and Candee Klein Comprehensive Breast Health Clinic, an all-inclusive facility for identification, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer at Shaare Zedek,” explains Colt-Kotler.
The idea to direct proceeds to support the fight against breast cancer came as members of the Top Pair Poker committee were indirectly affected by cancer, she adds.
This year’s event takes place Saturday, February 8 at The Warehouse at Downsview Park at 2-35 Carl Hall Road in Toronto.
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with cards going in the air at 8:15. There’s a $180 buy-in for those purchasing tickets in advance, and it’s $225 at the door. The ticket gets you entry into the event with there also being an option for re-buys and an add-on. Sponsors and ticket holders also get to enjoy an open bar, food stations, and a virtual reality lounge, not to mention free neck messages.
As noted, the winner will earn a Platinum Pass good for entry into the €22,500 buy-in 2020 PSPC in Barcelona as well as travel, accommodations, and extra spending money. Meanwhile everyone finishing in the top 20 will win prizes, too, with those including a Jimmy Fallon NYC getaway, a northern Ontario luxury fishing experience, an MLB / NBA / NHL sports package, gift cards, and more.
Oh, and we almost forgot to mention… Chris Moneymaker will be there, too! He’ll be enjoying a short break from Moneymaker’s Road to the PSPC, but as he does on his tour he will once again handle the duties of awarding the Platinum Pass to the tournament’s winner.
If you need any further incentive to take part, there’s a special code you can use to get a discount on tickets when ordering in advance, enabling you to enter the $180 buy-in event for just $136.
Go to the Top Pair Poker Tourney website , click on the “Tourney Details” tab up top, then scroll down and press the “Purchase Tickets” button. Then when purchasing your ticket, be sure to click the “Have Promo Code?” button, type in szpokerstars2020, and hit “Apply.” Doing that will get you the discounted price of $136.
Organizers expect more than 400 to participate this time around. If you’re in the Toronto area or are going to be on February 8, head over to The Warehouse and Downsview Park and be one of them for a fun night of cards and charity!