PokerStars Charity Event ‘Stars CALL For Action’ To Raise Over $1M

Written By Martin Harris on May 8, 2020
PokerStars charity tournament attracting many celebs

Tomorrow, PokerStars is hosting a huge charity poker tournament, the Stars CALL for Action. Dozens of well known celebrities from the entertainment and sports industries will be taking part, with PokerStars donating $1 million to the cause.

The event takes place tomorrow, Saturday, May 9 at 2 p.m. ET. It will be streamed live by PokerStars on various outlets.

PokerStars steps up to help with coronavirus relief efforts

In truth, the event will support multiple charities. Half of the $1 million donation from PokerStars will go to the humanitarian organization CARE International.

Meanwhile the celebrity participants will be competing for the remainder of the prize pool. Those going deep and making the “cash” get to donate their winnings to charities of their choice.

Celebrities who bust from the tournament early will have an opportunity to join a side event where they can play for their charities as well.

Big names answer the call to compete for their own charities

Celebrities already announced as taking part include event organizer Hank Azaria, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Kevin Pollak, David Schwimmer, Michael Ian Black, Don Cheadle, Eric Bogosian, Brad Garrett, Bryan Cranston, Tony Yazbeck, Amy Schumer, Jeff Garlin, Edward Norton, and Jason Alexander.

The event is also providing a chance for a group of randomly-selected poker fans to take part as well.

The tournament will see the celebrities and non-celebrities initially play in separate groups. Once each plays down to a final table, then those two tables will combine to play down to a winner.

Several ways to watch the ‘Stars CALL For Action’

The Stars CALL For Action event can be followed online via PokerStars’  Twitch, Facebook, and YouTube channels. Viewers watching the livestream will have the opportunity to donate to CARE International as well.

James Hartigan and PokerStars Ambassador Lex Veldhuis will co-host the livestream. They will conduct interviews and “celebrity check-ins.” Players will have their cameras on as they play from their homes.

The event is one of a few examples of recent online charity poker tournaments in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Nearly all live poker rooms in the United States and around the world have closed their doors.

PokerStars PA continues bringing online poker action

In addition to being the world’s largest online poker site serving players in dozens of countries outside of the US, PokerStars currently operates legal online poker sites in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Poker players in Pennsylvania continue to flock to PokerStars PA, the one and only PGCB-regulated site in the state. Since casinos closed their doors in mid-March, the site has seen even more traffic.

New players can sign up here to receive $30 in free play plus a 100 percent deposit match up to $600.

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Martin Harris is a writer and teacher who has reported on poker, online gambling, and sports betting since the mid-2000s. Once a full-time academic (Ph.D., English), he currently teaches part-time in the American Studies program at UNC Charlotte. In 2019, his book Poker & Pop Culture was published by D&B Books.

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