The SiGMA Charity Poker Tournament took place on Day 1 of SiGMA15, shortly after networking drinks, at the InterContinental Hotel, St. Julian’s. The fun, free-roll event, co-ordinated by Malta Poker Supplies, was a great success, with all 100 seats booked months in advance by iGaming executives who registered for SiGMA15.
Each participant made a donation of €30 for the Charity Poker tournament, of which all proceeds were allocated for the charity fund. Internet Vikings was the main sponsor of the event and covered most costs associated with setting up the event – recruiting of dealers, printing, DJ and sound system as well as nibbles and drinks for all.
A bumper crowd of 600 delegates attended the networking drinks and pre-registration, which took place shortly before the poker tourney, each of which received some merchandise, the SiGMA badge, complimentary nibbles, networking drinks as well as the official SiGMAgazine publication. Among the delegates who participated at the tournament were several super affiliates, some of which flew over to Malta for SiGMA as well as the Casumo Grand Slam. Upon exit from the tournament, players were able to mingle in a friendly networking environment with the rest of the SiGMA delegates.
The free-roll event was hosted on the seventh floor at the InterContinental hotel, which made it easier for the tournament to start without the need to register each player at the door, as is customary for poker tournaments with prize money in licensed casinos. The venue was at full capacity for this charitable, networking gathering. Players were at their seats by 22:00 hrs at which point, Jean Luc Micallef from Malta Poker Supplies, the tournament manager, announced the customary ‘shuffle up and deal’ to his team of poker croupiers for the evening.
SiGMA organisers Eman Pulis and Dennis Dhyr-Hansen had some remarks following the event, “This networking poker tournament sets the right tone for SiGMA’s two summit days. Delegates were happy to chip in for charity whilst at the same time enjoy some drinks on us.”
Event coordinator Jeremy Charles Grech went on to elaborate, “Our congratulations go out to the winner of the networking poker tournament, Vasilije Lekovic, account manager with Trustly, a technology company which develops and sells online payment solutions. Sincere appreciation goes out to all participants for making SiGMA’s day 1 a successful start.”
In a ceremony on December 4th at the President’s Palace, tournament winner Vasilije Lekovic will be making the donation himself. This year, the two charity organisations benefitting from the €3,000 proceeds include the Community Chest Fund as well as the Kilimanjaro Challenge Group.
The Malta Community Chest Fund is a charitable institution chaired by The President of Malta herself, Her Excellency Mary Louise Coleiro Preca. The aim of the institution is to help philanthropic institutions and more importantly, the individuals with different needs. The Kilimanjaro Group, this year known as KC9, consists of a group of 17 motivated individuals from different walks of life, coming together in an attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in December to raise awareness and collect €70,000 to build a Kindergarten school in Dembidolo, Ethiopia. None of the two charitable organisations receive any funds from the Government and both organise a number of events throughout the year to raise funds.