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  • PokerStars Pays Way for Cancer Fighter to Compete in WSOP

    Monday, July 13th, 2009 by t2admin

PokerStars and Bluff Magazine recently made it possible for a cancer fighter to compete in the World Series of Poker Main Event. The poker giant paid the way for Kent Senter, who is fighting blood cancer, to compete in the Main Event as well as his travel, hotel and food expenses.

Senter is a fifty five year old from Pittsburgh who got to meet top poker pros and even made it to the second day of play. Senter is a novice when it comes to playing the game as he only starting playing online one year ago.

He began playing online when he became debilitated from his disease. He has trouble walking around due to the tumors in his spine so sitting down to play poker was a good distraction for him. Senter tried to win a trip to the WSOP but did not manage to win, though he came close.

Senter’s wife went online and discussed the situation on a forum at Bluff Magazine. The family was then contacted by Bluff who arranged the connection with PokerStars. This is how Senter earned his trip to the WSOP Main Event.

Senter commented that competing was a ‘dream come true’ and ‘It’s been unbelievable’. Senter has been given six months to maybe three years to live so he is just taking things day by day. He also commented that competing in the tournament was hard as it takes a lot out of him. He is currently undergoing chemo treatments to fight the blood cancer disease.

The family has had a nice trip as Senter competed in the WSOP. PokerStars offered to fly the family out to Las Vegas but Senter wanted to ride in a car so he could see the West. He had never been out west and really enjoyed the trip. Senter’s wife did the driving and she will drive back home to Pittsburgh.

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