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For the past week, the mention of Las Vegas has conjured up the horrifying sights and sounds from the deadliest mass shooting in history that took place last Sunday night. Our thoughts and prayers have centered on the 59 innocent concert-goers who were killed in the cowardly attack by a lone gunman and the more than 500 attendees who were injured, many critically. On this tragic night, what happened in Vegas definitely did not stay in Vegas, as outrage, grief and heartbreak spread to the families and friends of the victims, while also affecting everyone, everywhere.
Of course, it spread immediately to the gaming industry, hotel and casino owners and workers and, of course, the thousands of poker players who either live in Vegas or consider the neon mecca their second home.
A Las Vegas Victims’ Fund was started on GoFundMe on Monday morning by Steve Sisolak, current chairman of the Clark County Commission. He began the campaign with a $10,000 donation, and an initial goal of $500,000. To date, the donations have exceeded over $10 million to be used to provide relief and financial support to the victims and families. In addition, many pledges of support have come directly from the gaming industry, including $3 million from MGM Resorts, $4 million from the Las Vegas Sands and many others.
Members of the poker community took to Twitter to express their sympathy, sorrow and support. What follows is a small sampling:
Liv Boeree @Liv_Boeree Thinking of you, Las Vegas. Look after each other
Mike Leah @GoLeafsGoEh So many lives..stolen senselessly. why people are allowed to purchase guns that can do this kind of harm I’ll never understand. Cmon world smarten up.
Phil Hellmuth @phil_hellmuth Sending prayers to the victims, and families of the victims, in Las Vegas.
Mike Sexton @Mike_partypoker So proud of Vegas community – lines to give blood very long, people waiting hrs – others bringing free food & drinks to them.
Danielle Andersen @dmoongirl – Do not say his name. He is nobody. Do not show his face. He is nobody. Do not share his motives. He is nobody. Let him die a nobody.
If you would like to contribute to the Las Vegas Victims Fund please click here.