Poker player shows charitable side

Poker player shows charitable side

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Heart disease is the single biggest killer in the UK today and one poker player is attempting to do something to combat that fact by raising thousands of pounds for the British Heart Foundation.

Genting Poker is buying Graeme Morl, who lost his father to Ischaemic heart disease in May, into this year's Genting Poker Series events with the 32 year-old donating all of his winnings to the charity.

“Losing my father was a real blow,” said Morl from Newcastle upon Tyne. “Ischaemic heart disease is virtually undetectable until it happens and it is more common in men and those who have close relatives with the disease. I have four children and I just felt I wanted to do something positive to contribute to the BHF’s research in to heart disease. If there is one thing I know, it is that you should never gamble with your heart.”

Morl, who is the poker manager at online forum he has already conscripted more than 50 of the Punterslounge players who play online with to donate 2% of their winnings before the end of September to the charity.

Warren Appleby, Local Fundraising Manager at the British Heart Foundation commented: “It is great to have the support of Graeme Morl and Genting Poker, I wish him the best of luck in the tournament. Graeme’s story shows how heart disease can affect anyone and this is why the work of the BHF is so important. I hope that it will inspire others in Stoke to fundraise for the BHF so together, we can help beat heart disease.”

With at least £150,000 on offer in Stoke next week we hope he gets off to a flying start.

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Tags: Graeme Morl, Genting Poker Series