SOURCE: PokerStars


April 20, 2009 13:12 ET

PokerStars Hosts the First Ever Ante Up for Africa Europe Charity Poker Tournament

LONDON--(Marketwire - April 20, 2009) - PokerStars, the world's largest online poker site, is pleased to announce a special star-studded addition to its European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final Week with the first ever Ante Up For Africa Europe Celebrity Charity Poker Tournament. The event is aimed at raising money within the poker community for the current humanitarian mission in crisis-torn Darfur.

The event will take place on April 27, 2009 at 6pm, one day before the PokerStars EPT Season Five Grand Final Main Event. A field of A-list celebrities and poker pros including Team PokerStars Pros Daniel Negreanu, Joe Hachem and Vanessa Rousso will compete in the EUR 4,000 buy in, no-limit Texas hold'em tournament held in Monte Carlo, Monaco.

All of the prize money from the PokerStars Ante Up For Africa Europe tournament will be donated to Ante Up For Africa to help fund the work of charities that provide aid and assistance to the survivors of the situation in Darfur, Sudan, and support activism dedicated to resolving the crisis. PokerStars will be awarding the winner of the tournament with a special prize package to their flagship EPT event in the Bahamas in January 2010.

To date, Ante Up For Africa has raised close to $2 million for the cause.

While the situation in Darfur has shown signs of improvement, the area remains perilous.

A campaign of ethnic cleansing by government forces in Sudan over several years has left more than 300,000 dead and almost three million displaced, living in squalid conditions in refugee camps along the Chad/Sudan border. Peacekeeping forces are gradually being deployed but not without difficulty, being short of vital helicopters and other supplies to make helping those in need possible.

The International Criminal Court has indicted top Sudanese officials with more expected as world pressure mounts. Companies are ceasing to do business with Sudan, amounting to tens of millions of dollars divested, and 22 US states have passed laws forbidding pension funds from investing in companies doing business in the country. But the fragile conditions faced by civilians remain.

The hope of PokerStars and Ante Up for Africa is that events like Ante Up for Africa Europe will bring more attention to the crisis and create further support for peacekeepers and aid workers in the region.

Photo call will take place at 5pm April 27th, Sporting Casino, Avenue Princess Grace, Monte Carlo. For press accreditation, please email


PokerStars is the world's largest poker room with over 20 million members worldwide, and more free-to-play tables than any other site. At players learn how to play and practice poker skills for free. As the premier destination for the top players, with numerous tournaments running every day, PokerStars is renowned for offering the best software and security in the online poker world.


--  Has dealt over 26 billion hands
--  Has run more than 150 million poker tournaments
--  Has entered the Guinness Book of World Records for holding the largest
    online poker tournament -- 35,000 players
--  Has had over 265,000 simultaneous players, and entered the Guinness
    Book of World Records as the first and only poker website to reach the
    200,000 simultaneous players mark

PokerStars is the official sponsor of the: European Poker Tour (, PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, Latin American Poker Tour (, Asia Pacific Poker Tour ( and The World Cup of Poker. PokerStars is the home of Team PokerStars Pro, a group of over 30 veteran and up-and-coming players from around the world who play online at PokerStars and are sponsored by the site in international tournaments around the world. For more information please visit

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