PokerStars gets involved for a good cause

Genes in SpaceProfessional poker players frequently feel the need to give something back to the community, by sharing their insights on forums and personal websites. Some are equally inclined to make generous donations and the beneficiaries are usually those less fortunate who are in dire need of financial support. It comes as no surprise that poker companies are occasionally funding similar projects and PokerStars’ recent initiative is definitely worth mentioning.

Rational Group is the company owning PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker and over the last couple of months they got fully involved in the “Play to Cure: Genes in Space” project. This is an innovative game that is supposed to have a two-pronged effect, on one hand entertaining people, on the other helping researchers collect useful information, so they can beat cancer. The concept is intriguing to say the least and a lot of work was put into this game, which is now in its final stage and fully playable.

A stable version has hit the app market and thanks to the poker company, it is free to play and will continue to be available for download free of charge. The game is relatively simple as players are supposed to navigate the outer space at the board of a modern vessel, in an attempt of collecting Element Alpha. This resource is distributed all over the space, but some areas are particularly rich and that’s why players focus almost exclusively on these sectors.

The developers work together with cancer researchers, so that when players collect resources, they also accumulate valuable data that can be used by the scientists. What the researchers need is someone to map the routes which correspond to real genetic data, so that a lot of time is saved in the process. As far as players are concerned, this is anything but hard work, with their ship floating through a fascinating maze that changes all the time.

The project has tremendous potential, because it combines the best of both worlds and the fact that it is kept free by generous donations is its best-selling points. The developers hope that many mobile device users will choose to download this application and play a couple of levels whenever they have free time, so that they inadvertently help researchers. Only time will tell whether “Play to Cure: Genes in Space” will reach its full potential, but Rational Group’s involvement is honorable nonetheless.

No permits for casinos in 2014 on the public land of the Gold Coast

There were some rumors at the beginning of 2014, that new casinos could open on the Gold Coast this year, but Queensland premier Campbell Newman shattered these rumors. The state just made three casino licenses available and there were many interested in erecting some luxurious establishments in this popular tourist destination.,_Queensland confirms the fact that millions of tourists flock to this area of Queensland each year and the prospects are promising.freeinternet

Casino owners saw the opportunity of establishing a beachhead and they had some ambitious projects in mind, but this drew the attention of various organizations who strive to preserve the environment and local businesses. The proximity to Brisbane made the Gold Coast such an attraction for tourists and the fact that there are plenty of things to do besides bathing in the ocean and lying on the beach in short its popularity. It goes without saying that a fraction of those who come here every year would fancy the idea of spending some time in the local casino and putting their love to the test.

The opposition from local organizations has been fierce, including some who are afraid that casinos would affect surf shops located nearby and other local ventures. Mr. Newman made it perfectly clear that in 2014 there will be no permits given to those willing to build a casino in public areas, without saying anything about private properties. Even though in theory those who work in the casino industry could try to build an establishment on these properties, the odds of being given a green light are still very low.

It all depends on what the government decides and with the premier being firmly against the projects, it is most unlikely to see casinos appearing on the Gold Coast in 2014. The officials had to make a decision between the obvious advantages of keeping local organizations happy and the revenue collected as a result of gambling. The opposition between those behind the Gold Coast Ocean Terminal Project and organizations such as the Save Our Southern Beaches Alliance is intense and will keep growing.