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PokerStars and players raise $50,000 for Right To Play

12 Apr 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Poker players from around the world came together on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April for PokerStars' first ever online multi-table Play Money charity tournament. PokerStars made a $10 donation on behalf of the first 5,000 players who signed up to play the five billion Play Money chip guaranteed tournament to raise $50,000, enough to educate more than 1,660 disadvantaged children for a year.

"We would like to thank everyone who came together to participate and show their support on the day," said Sue Hammett, Department Head of Corporate Giving for The Stars Group. "We're thrilled that so many people from more than 100 countries around the world came together to raise money for our global charity partner, Right To Play."

The event exceeded its original five billion Play Money chip guaranteed prize-pool by over five billion, paying out more than 7.3 billion Play Money chips to 8,372 entries overall. The first place prize went to U.S. player Alange, who converted his two million play chip investment (one million buy-in and one million re-entry) into 939,250,000 chips, almost 500 times more than the buy-in.

"Once again, PokerStars' poker players and ambassadors have come together to show what a generous community they are," said Nikki Skipper, National Director of Right To Play U.K. "Education is a fundamental right but sadly not all children have the opportunity to learn and grow, and reach their potential in life. Thanks to PokerStars and other partners we are able to provide some of the most vulnerable children in the world with a quality education through our sport and play based programs. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the tournament."

Players were joined at the felt by seven PokerStars Ambassadors including Fatima Moreira de Melo and Chris Moneymaker. All had bounties on their heads, with MoneyMaker lasting the longest of the seven.

"It was really cool chatting with everyone throughout the tournament and was also great to see other players know each other by name," said Moneymaker. "The charity event drew a large number of players, and the skill level was very varied, which provided a fun and challenging experience. It was great fun talking with the players but also trying to quickly determine the skill level of each player in a short period of time. I am looking forward to the next event, as I had a blast playing this one!"

Right To Play reaches nearly two million children every week who have been affected by conflict, disease and poverty across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Using sport and games they make education accessible and fun, teaching children critical life skills, how to resolve conflicts without violence and how to avoid disease.

PokerStars and Right To Play first partnered in 2014 and have raised more than £1.5 million thanks to donations from The Stars Group's corporate giving programme Helping Hands, as well as the generosity of employees and players. A video of Fatima Moreira de Melo talking about her experience visiting parts of Africa as a Right To Play Ambassador is available online.

To find out more about the tournament visit the PokerStars Blog or the PokerStars Free Play Facebook Page.
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