It’s been a difficult year for many in the poker world. The global health pandemic has taken a toll on the industry and the morality of the poker community. That’s why the Poker League of Nations, the world’s largest women’s poker organization, is closing out the year with some positive vibes while spreading holiday cheer.
Lena Evans, founder of PLON, created the PLONcares charity, a nonprofit organization that promotes female empowerment through mind sports, and supports nonprofits focused on women and children, as well as women directly affected by needs within our community.
During these difficult times, Evans’ group has helped raise money for good causes, all while giving PLON members an opportunity to safely play poker during the pandemic.
PLONcares’ numerous charity poker tournaments and fundraiser events recently have helped one group member cover legal expenses for a custody case. Another member is set to receive financial help for an upcoming major surgery related to breast cancer.
During the Christmas season, PLON hosted a Toys for Tots charity poker tournament. Chris Moneymaker, the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, served as the bounty in the celebrity tournament.
About the Poker League of Nations
The Poker League of Nations has a star-studded group of ambassadors. They include Barbara Enright, the only woman ever to reach the WSOP Main Event final table, noted poker author Maria Konnikova, and popular pro Kitty Kuo.
PLONcares is currently hosting special online events on the PokerStars Play Money app. PLON members make a $20 donation for their entry. The winner of the tournament receives a Swarovski heart necklace ($150 value). All of the donations go towards helping women in the poker community.
The Poker League of Nations’ main goal is to promote women in poker. It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in the game. At the World Series of Poker each year, women represent only about 5% of the players outside of the annual ladies event. That’s where groups such as PLON come into play, as they strive to attract women to the game and keep them interested long-term in poker.
The past year has been difficult on many poker players. With COVID-19 a concern, and with all the poker room closures around the world, it’s been difficult to keep players interested in the game, especially those who don’t feel comfortable playing live poker during a pandemic.
As a result, Evans has worked to keep her group together and active despite COVID-19, with online charity poker tournaments and other virtual events. She will continue to do so, heading into what we all hope will be a more positive year for poker.
Featured image source: Poker League of Nations