POKERSTARS TO DONATE HIGH ROLLER FEE TO RAISING FOR EFFECTIVE GIVING CHARITY
PokerStars will add up to a further $50,000 in matched funding
ONCHAN, Isle of Man – September 13, 2017 – PokerStars, the flagship brand of The Stars Group (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), has committed to continuing its support for the charity Raising for Effective Giving (REG) by once again donating all of the tournament fees from one of its most high-profile online tournaments, World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) 66-H: $25,000 NLHE High Roller. The $3 million guaranteed World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) tournament begins on September 21 at 15:00ET and is considered to be one of the most prestigious titles in the online poker world. REG employs a “cause-neutral” reasoning in its philanthropy to ensure that donations make the biggest positive impact. REG empowers people to make better giving choices by promoting the idea of effective giving and providing donation advice to enable people to give to the causes that best reduce greatest sources of suffering.
In May, PokerStars donated all fees from the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) High Roller tournament and added $50,000 in matched funding through Helping Hands, The Stars Group’s Corporate Giving arm, to make a total donation of $109,000 to REG.
“We wanted to send a huge thank you to those of you who played the SCOOP High Roller tourneys in May,” said Team PokerStars Pros Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov, co-founders of the charity. “The fee you paid was matched by PokerStars and reached two of REG's supported charities, the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI) and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI). We’re excited about the fundraising campaign during WCOOP.”
Stefan Huber, Managing Director of REG added: “We are very excited to work with PokerStars again for WCOOP. Their and their customers’ generous donations make a real difference. Liv and Igor’s passion and dedication as REG co-founders and Team PokerStars Pros made this possible in the first place and we’re very grateful for that.”
MIRI focuses on ensuring that the development of “smarter-than-human” artificial intelligence is conducted safely and has a positive impact. FHI is a research institute at the University of Oxford that uses mathematics, philosophy and science to understand the crucial issues affecting humanity and its prospects. These highly respected institutes bring together leading experts to find cutting-edge solutions for the challenges and opportunities that new technology delivers.
Players can register directly or qualify via satellites for the WCOOP High Roller tournament online at PokerStars.com/wcoop.
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PokerStars is the flagship brand of The Stars Group Inc. (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI), which owns gaming and related businesses and brands, including PokerStars, PokerStars Casino, BetStars, Full Tilt, StarsDraft, and the PokerStars Championship and PokerStars Festival and PokerStars MEGASTACK live poker tour brands (incorporating aspects of the European Poker Tour, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour and the Asia Pacific Poker Tour). PokerStars is the world’s most licensed online gaming brand, holding licenses or related operating approvals in 17 jurisdictions.
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About Helping Hands
Helping Hands is the Corporate Giving programme of The Stars Group Inc.’s (Nasdaq: TSG; TSX: TSGI) that provides support to charities through galvanising the support of the brands, players and staff. Helping Hands is the embodiment of The Stars Group ethos that working with its communities and people to make a difference is an essential part of being a responsible business. Helping Hands works with charities locally where The Stars Group have an office presence and globally through its charity partners, such as CARE International and Right To Play through which The Stars Group helps communities to recover from international emergencies and uses the power of sport and play to transform children’s lives. Since its launch in 2013, Helping Hands has contributed more than $7 million to charities around the world.