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PokerStars to host Play Money charity event

13 Mar 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- PokerStars has joined forces with its global charity partner Right To Play to raise educational funds for disadvantaged children through its first ever online multi-table Play Money charity event.

The 5 billion Play Money chip guaranteed tournament will take place at 8 p.m. on the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April. 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. So, please sign up and invite your friends."

The buy-in for the event is 1 million Play Money chips, with unlimited rebuys and single add-on. In addition, 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 programs can make to children," said PokerStars and Right To Play ambassador Fatima 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."

Right To Play uses sport and play to educate and empower children in some of the world's poorest communities. The charity reaches nearly 2 million children every week across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, helping them to build critical life skills and better futures, while driving social change.

"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. It will help raise vital funds to help children in our programs," said Nikki Skipper, National Director for Right To Play U.K. "It's a fantastic initiative by PokerStars and will have a big impact on the lives of disadvantaged children around the world. We hope you will show your support for this tournament."

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 program Helping Hands, as well as the generosity of PokerStars employees and players.

To find out more about the tournament visit the PokerStars Blog or the PokerStars Free Play Facebook Page. Play money chips can be purchased through the PokerStars Cashier. The one million play chip package can be bought for $4.99 or earned for free in-game.

The tournament can be found by searching for tournament number '2243852571' in the lobby.
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