PokerStars Raises Money for Its Right to Play Charity

Canadian online poker brand PokerStars launched its charity initiative Right to Play back in 2014, to help children in need. Since then, the renowned brand owned by The Stars Group has worked hard to provide the much-needed funds, organizing charity tournaments for its players.

The latest one, held recently, was a huge success as it helped raise $56,000 for the brand’s initiative. Since the launch of Right to Play, The Stars Group has helped raise a total of $2.8 million thanks to the company’s player-base and The Stars Group’s Helping Hands charity.

PokerStars Raises Money for Its Right to Play Charity

Helping Those in Need

The PokerStars’ charity initiative aims to create new opportunities for children, especially those from Africa, the Middle East and Asia, by offering them the chance to take part in various sporting activities.

Such an approach is used in combination with the typical learning model. The children participating in this initiative are educated through play and sports, offering them protection from their harsh reality, and war-torn everyday life – the circumstances far from ideal for any youngster.

A couple of months ago, The Stars Group made an important announcement, revealing its plans to raise an additional $1.5 million for Right to Play initiative. According to the Toronto-based gaming giant, this could be achieved over the next two years, and through a partnership with the charitable cause. With the latest fundraiser, the total amount raised since June reached $273,825, which suggest the company should be able to meet its ultimate goal.

A Big “Thank You” to All the Players

Neil Child-Dyer, senior partnerships manager at Right To Play UK stated he wanted to say a huge thank you to PokerStars for hosting the charity tournament at the World Championship of Online Poker event, and to all the players who had taken part in it.

Child-Dyer added that everyone at Right to Play was extremely grateful for the support provided by PokerStars. He also pointed out that $56,000 raised was an amazing amount which would make a huge difference to their work to educate, empower and protect vulnerable children in their programs.

Sue Hammett, head of corporate giving at The Stars Group, said they were delighted with the amount they had raised on Sunday, and wanted to say thanks to the 11,000 players who had participated.

She pointed out that the vital funds raised would continue to make such a positive impact on so many children around the world. Hammet further said they were thrilled this donation was helping their vital effort.

She used the opportunity to thank each player who had taken part in the event, and to everyone helping them reach their target.

But the online poker operator’s charity work doesn’t end there, as it has recently announced will run a charity tournament and has set up a Just Giving page to raise funds for those affected in The Bahamas.

Founded back in 2001, PokerStars has since become the largest real money online poker site in the world, controlling more than two-thirds of the total online poker market. It was bought by The Stars Group in 2014, for $4.9 billion in cash.