Two up-and-coming forces in the poker industry have announced a collaboration that is taking place at the 2009 Aussie Millions this month. The Asian Poker Tour Poker Pack, which consists of six of the top poker pros in the world, is aligning with ChipMeUp, a new website that allows poker players to sell pieces of themselves in tournaments, will be working together at the Aussie Millions $10,000 buy-in main event.
The opportunity created by the collaboration is one-of-a-kind for poker fans and fellow poker pros, as the APT Poker Pack players are putting up five percent of themselves in the Aussie Millions main event, where the first prize is a guaranteed AU$2 million. Members of the Poker Pack are J.C. Tran, Nam Le, Quinn Do, Steve Sung, Kwang Soo Lee, and David “Chino” Rheem, all of whom have a combined live tournament winnings number that exceeds $22 million. Not only will investors be able to cash in with those pros, but the five percent investment will be donated directly to the Shane Warne Foundation. It is a win-win-win situation!
All of the investing is being done through a recently-launched website called ChipMeUp, which allows players to buy and/or sell shares of themselves at live and online poker tournaments around the world, no matter the buy-in or location. The innovative concept allows people without personal connections with the biggest named poker pros to engage in transactions regarding their tournament livelihood and get in on the action. Subscriptions are free; the only charge involved is a small fee that players pay when they offer up a percentage of themselves in events.
Whether people decide to donate a portion of their winnings to the Shane Warne Foundation or simply rake in the profit, the choice is up to each individual. Some ChipMeUp members have chosen to donate winnings from their purchased shares to the cause, as the APT Poker Pack players will do.
The Shane Warne Foundation was established by the legendary Australian cricket star because of his encounters through the years with underprivileged children. His hope for the organization is to positively impact the lives of seriously ill and underprivileged children and teenagers in Australia, and the foundation does that by distributing funds to established charities that provide services to said children, services like medical operations and the equipment necessary, therapy, housing, and other basic needs.
The Asian Poker Tour and the members of its Poker Pack are pleased to be able to partner with ChipMeUp in this effort at the 2009 Aussie Millions, which takes place just before the APT Stop in the Philippines. The Sudit Thani Manila Hotel will be hosting the next Asian Poker Tour tournament from January 27 to February 1, and the stars of the APT will be traveling there after they make their splash at the Aussie Millions main event.