Online poker giant PokerStars has teamed up with its global charity partner Right To Play to raise educational funds for disadvantaged children through the operator’s first online multi-table play money tournament.
The charity event takes place on Friday April 6th on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. PokerStars will make a $10 donation on behalf of each of the first 5,000 players who sign up to play, with the aim of donating $50,000 to Right To Play.
"This huge tournament will raise vital funds for our global charity partner, which has made such a positive impact on so many children around the world," said Sue Hammett, head of corporate giving for PokerStars. "We're aiming to have at least 5,000 players take part, which would raise enough to educate over 1,500 disadvantaged children for a year."
The buy-in for the event is 1m play money chips, with unlimited re-buys and single add-on.
Players will be joined at the felt by a host of PokerStars ambassadors including Fatima Moreira de Melo, Chris Moneymaker, Celina Lin, Barry Greenstein, Jake Cody, Aditya Agarwal and Fintan Hand, as well as Right To Play celebrity ambassadors.
"Right To Play is a charity close to my heart and I have seen first-hand the life-changing difference their educational programmes can make to children," said PokerStars and Right To Play ambassador Moreira de Melo. "This tournament is such a great opportunity for players to be part of a landmark moment in Play Money history, with this being the first-ever multi-table tournament in aid of Right To Play, raising money for a well deserving cause."
PokerStars has been working with Right To Play since 2014 and has helped raise more than £1.5m through donations from parent company The Stars Group’s corporate giving programme Helping Hands, as well as the operator's employees and players.
"We're very grateful to our global partner, PokerStars, for delivering this exciting tournament to mark the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace," said Nikki Skipper, national director for Right To Play UK. "It will help raise vital funds to help children in our programmes.
"It's a fantastic initiative by PokerStars and will have a big impact on the lives of disadvantaged children around the world."