Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Hosts Charity Poker Tournament for Australia Wildfire Victims - Gambling911 - 17th February 2009 applauds for its efforts in trying to raise money for those affected by the wildfires in Australia last week. Our friend, The Media Man, has advised that will be hosting an online poker tournament to help Australia wildfire victims. The publicly traded online gambling firm has been making some serious inroads into Australia over the last year.

Sadly, the wildfire death toll heading into Wednesday (Australia time) had reached 200.

A judge launched an inquiry into the deadly Australian wildfires on Tuesday as authorities announced they would find ways to make the region safer before the next season of inevitable blazes.

Media Man, Greg Tingle, questioned why one individual had been fined by environmentalists for clearing trees and brush away from his property prior to the fires.

"He was the only survivor in his neighborhood," said Tingle.

The nightmarish blazes tore across Victoria with 400 fires destroying more than 1,800 homes and scorching about 1,500 square miles (3,900 square kilometers) of farms, forests and towns.

Police suspect at least two of the fires were deliberately set, and have charged one man with arson causing death and lighting a wildfire. Brendan Sokaluk, 39, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years on the first charge and 15 years on the second. He was being held in protective custody to prevent revenge attacks against him.

A class-action lawsuit was filed against electricity supplier SP AusNet, alleging that defective power lines caused losses and damage in connection with one of the fires. SP AusNet, which is 51 percent owned by the Singapore Power Group, said it would "vigorously defend" the claim.

As for the online poker tournament, details appear below:

Due to the tragic events caused by the bushfires in the Victoria region,

888 will be hosting the "Bushfire Relief Charity Tournament" to help

families in need. The No-Limit Texas Hold'em tournament will take place

on Sunday, February 22nd at 8:30pm AEDT. The buy-in for this tournament

will be $30 and all buy-ins (and re-buys) will be donated to the relief

efforts. Entrants to this special tournament will be playing for great

prizes donated by 888;

1st place: $500 US

2nd place: $300 US

3rd place: $200 US

4th-10th place: Free entry into the 888 NZ Poker Champs Sunday Qualifier

on March 1 ($120 Value)

As well as these great prizes, if you knock out 888 ambassadors Brendan Fevola (bfevola25) or Jeff Fenech (fenech888) you will receive an $50 bounty prize (credited next day).

We hope you take this opportunity to Enjoy The Game while helping your fellow Australian families during this difficult time. Thank you for your support.

What: Tournament- "Bushfire Relief Charity Tournament"

Buy-in: $30 with optional $30 rebuys (all going to charity)

When: February 22nd @ 8:30pm AEDT

Charity: The Variety and Shane Warne Foundation Bushfire Relief Fund

Where: 888Poker

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