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Put a Bad Beat on Cancer with PokerStars

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Cancer is a dreaded disease that touches everyone’s lives. Whether it is a battle you have fought or watching a loved one’s courageous fight, in some form we have all experienced firsthand what this horrible disease does to the body and spirit. But now, you can do your part to help in the fight against cancer thanks to PokerWorks and Poker Stars.

It may be a bit late, but in honor of breast cancer awareness month, PokerWorks is proud to partner with Bad Beat on Cancer and the Prevent Cancer Foundation for the Bad Beat on Cancer Challenge. All of the proceeds from this charity tournament will be donated to the Prevent Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit group whose goal lies in cancer prevention and early detection through research, education and community outreach. This event is an excellent way for you to not only play the game you love, but to donate to a worthy cause and honor poker player Nicole Rowe at the same time.

In case you haven’t heard of Ms. Rowe, the pretty blonde recently finished second at the Borgata's Ladies Event in Atlantic City. At the time of the tournament, she was preparing for upcoming breast cancer surgery, the worst case scenario for a woman diagnosed with breast cancer - a double mastectomy.  Not only was she facing this upcoming ordeal, but she was also beat out of the Borgata Ladies championship title by a man who entered the ladies only event.

During the two-day tournament, Rowe battled her way through a field of 269 players to find herself at the coveted final table. Although Rowe was the last woman standing, she did not win. That honor went to Abraham Korotki of Ventnor City, New Jersey. Ignoring the controversy and vocal objections of other entrants and Borgata management, Korotki entered the tournament anyway and knocked out Rowe, whom many consider the rightful champion.

Showing her true colors as graceful champion, while clearly disappointed, Rowe nonetheless said of her loss, “It doesn’t matter, it was 16 hours of being cancer free, a diversion from my reality.” Never complaining about her bad beat by Korotki or her battle with cancer, Rowe’s courage has raised awareness for breast cancer and inspired many in the poker industry to
put together this special charity event in her honor. Commenting on the event, Rowe said, "I think it is the reason God gave me this affliction. I have a big mouth and I can get the word out. It is the only thing that makes sense as to why this happened. The Borgata's tournament and this charity event have allowed me to spread the word about early detection of breast cancer and breast cancer awareness. I feel blessed that everyone would come together for a cause that will hopefully save many lives."

The Bad Beat on Cancer tournament will take place on November 12, 2009, at 9:00 pm EST, (6:00 pm PST) and will have a $10 buy-in with $10 rebuys through the first two levels.

And even though it is a charity event, the top 50 finishers each will win a donated prize for participating with first place winning a Two Months, Two Million Scholarship in the form of a lifetime subscription to Deucescracked.com which is valued at $10,000. Other top prizes include: a VIP trip to the set of the "PokerStars.net Million Dollar Challenge," a WSOP Academy seat, a Borgata Triple Play tournament package, a Bluff Magazine adventure, awarding the winner with a personal tour of the world's leading sports television network, ESPN and many, many more.

This is your chance to join the fight and donate to the battle against cancer. Do it for yourself, or for anyone you know who has battled this terrible disease – together we can make a difference.

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