Tana Karn: We’re Keeping The Lights On for the Poker Media Corps

By Bernard Lee
April 28, 2020

Earlier today, I interviewed Tana Karn, President of RunGood Gear and the RunGood Poker Series, about the “Keep The Lights On'” Initiative. During this COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people around the world have been affected, including individuals in world of poker. This fundraising drive is designed to help freelance poker media pay their utilities bills since they are out of work due to the cancellation and postponement of live poker tournaments, including the 2020 World Series of Poker.

Three organizations (PokerGO, Global Poker, and RunGood Gear) have teamed up with each naming a respective “Champion” as follows:

  • PokerGO: Jeff Platt
  • RunGood Gear: Jamie Kerstetter
  • Global Poker: Brian Frenzal

Each champion will play in a total of 30 online poker tournaments on Global Poker over three weeks (10 per week) and will raise funds through donation pledges. Fans and supporters can either make a one-time donation or, if they want to play along at home (and what poker player doesn’t want a “sweat”?), can make a recurring donation pledge for every tournament their Champion cashes in. For example, if you pledge $5 and your champion cashes 8 times (out of 30 events), you will end up donating a total of $40 that will be added to the Keep the Lights On fund.

In an added bonus incentive for donors, every person who donates $5 or more to the winning team, will receive a private ticket to play an online qualifier with three seats up for grabs for the ALL-STARS PRO-AM LIVE EVENT at the PokerGO Studios in December. To be eligible, you must make your pledge by May 3rd, 2020.

Over and above the competition at the virtual felt, the PokerGO shop and RunGood Gear have designed an exclusive hoodie (only 50 are available) with 100% of the proceeds will go to the fund.

Finally, if you FOLLOW me on Twitter and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel, you will have a chance to WIN one of the Exclusive “KeepTheLightsOn” hoodies, which I’ll be giving away in the near future.

if you are interested to learn how the funds will be distributed or if a member of the poker media and interested in learning more about how to receive funds, visit this page.

I hope everyone stays safe and continues to practice social distancing during this unprecedented time.

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Bernard Lee is a professional poker player who has more than $2.5 million and ten titles since turning pro following his 13th finish in the 2005 WSOP Main Event. Recognized as “the voice of poker in New England” by, Lee is known worldwide as a poker media personality having written for, PokerNews, Card […]


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