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Online poker giant PokerStars has continued its charity drive, after players competed in a special tournament to raise in excess of $56,000 for the firm’s long-time charity partner Right To Play

PokerStars, the flagship poker brand of The Stars Group, first partnered with Right To Play in 2014 through its corporate giving programme Helping Hands, with players and staff raising more than £1.7m since.

Right To Play uses sport and play to empower vulnerable children across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. 

The charity has pioneered a unique play-based approach to learning and development with programmes that protect, educate and empower children, and help to shield them from the harsh realities of war and abuse.

“On behalf of us all here at Right To Play, I want 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 took part,” said Neil Child-Dyer, senior partnerships manager at Right To Play UK

“We are extremely grateful for your support. $56,000 raised is an amazing amount which will make a huge difference to our work to educate, empower and protect vulnerable children in our programmes.”

In June, The Stars Group announced its intention to raise £1m across an extended two-year partnership with Right to Play, with the latest fundraiser bringing the total raised since the to £220,000.

“We’re delighted with the amount we raised on Sunday and want to say thanks to the 11,000 players who participated,” noted Sue Hammett, head of corporate giving at The Stars Group

“The vital funds raised will continue to make such a positive impact to so many children around the world. We’re thrilled that the donation is helping their vital efforts. Thank you to every player who took part and to everyone helping us to reach our target.”