by Casino Intensity Senior Editor, Hillary LaClair
For those people who consider internet gaming to be a selfish vice, many top online casinos are prepared to prove otherwise. The online casino industry is flourishing this year with various charity events, giving a high percentage of the prize pool to those in need. It is nice to see that these billion dollar industries are willing to share a portion of their profits.
CrownBingo casino kicked off the year offering its aid BLISS charity, an organization that focuses on premature newborns. CrownBingo's members were asked to participate in a knit-a-thon with hats, cardigans and booties donated to BLISS. For every item recieved by the casino, a cash donation was also provided for the infants who qualified. This month CrownBingo has chosen the Orchid Cancer Awareness as its favored charity organization as part of Everyman Cancer Awareness Month. 50% of the prize pool will be donated. The site's Managing Director states, "We're very proud to be able to help such a worthwhile cause and it is fantastic to see so many of our members getting involved." The site has announced that it intends to host other charitable promotions throughout the month of June.
Several other online casinos have offered to make donations as well. PokerStars is currently holding a drive in which the site will match 100% of the money raised. All proceeds will go to the International Red Cross. BackGammon Masters have jumped on the opportunity as well, promising $5 to the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for every $1 donated. Aston Villa is working together with Acorns Children's Hospice.
Probably the most lucrative charity donations are made through betoncharity.com. Through this website, players may gamble on some of their favorite gaming websites. When entering the site, users are prompted to choose a favored charity. The site will then match that charity with a separate online casino which supports that charity. If a gamer loses a bet, a percentage of that money is then sent to the charity organization. Anywhere from 5% to 40% of the net win will automatically be donated to the same organization quartlerly. Users of the site are able to vote on any of he available charities to allow them a larger portion of the donations.The charity options are the UCSF AIDS Research Institute, the American Cancer Society, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Additionally, the site holds interactive polls in which users may vote for over 21 charities they would like to see added to this list, one of them being Gamblers Anonymous. There are several reputable online casinos that participate with this organization, including Bodog.
Some sceptics believe that these events are held only as a shameless promotional technique for the websites. Even if this were the case, the fact remains that these sites are generating good money toward needy organizations, which is more than what can be said for the institutions that are working to extinguish them. Users are doing great things for their community by gambling on the internet no matter what the reason for it may be.