PokerStars has teamed up with the cast and producer of this summer's Hollywood blockbuster “Ocean's Thirteen” to help stop the suffering in the war-torn region of Darfur.
The stars of Ocean's Thirteen, including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and producer Jerry Weintraub, have together launched the charity Not On Our Watch to focus international attention on the ongoing suffering in Darfur, encouraging governments and international organizations to take action to protect the displaced and the vulnerable.
Darfur — the western region of the Sudan, Africa — has been embroiled in a deadly conflict for over three years. At least 400,000 people have been killed; more than 2 million innocent civilians have been forced to
flee their homes and now live in displaced-persons camps in Sudan or in refugee camps in neighboring Chad; and more than 3.5 million men, women, and children are completely reliant on international aid for survival
In addition to providing our players with opportunities to help PokerStars is donating $1 MILLION to the charity as part of our continuing work toward social responsibility and giving back to the community. The donation will be made at a special event on the 22nd of May, two days before the May 24th World Premiere held at the Cannes Film Festival.
To help the relief efforts, PokerStars is offering a truly unique set of tournaments and prizes. Just by playing, you'll be joining PokerStars in sending much-needed funds to the relief effort.
“Ocean's Thirteen” is set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24th and PokerStars is offering four lucky winners of our first special “Ocean's Thirteen Darfur Charity Tournament” pairs of tickets to see the film, plus 2 nights hotel accommodation in Cannes and $2,000 for travel expenses.
The winners will stay at the Hôtel Juana, a beautiful 4-star deluxe hotel midway between Cannes and Nice, and only a 25-minute taxi drive from Nice Airport.
And that's not all. We'll also be running a second “Ocean's Thirteen Darfur Charity Tournament” to win pairs of tickets to see the film's US premiere, in Los Angeles on 5th June, again with hotel accommodation and $2,000 travel expenses. If that wasn't enough, the top 18 in both tournaments will also receive a DVD of the film (available after the DVD’s general release) signed by all the stars. The tournaments will take place May 13th and May 27th 2007.
Finally, PokerStars will host a third charity tournament after the Cannes Film Festival (date to be confirmed). The winner of this event will receive a professional poker table baize, signed by all the film's stars. If that doesn't impress your friends at your Friday night cash game, nothing will!
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The total prize pool from each tournament will go to the charity. PokerStars will match those donations, in addition to the $1 million we’re already giving to NOOW.
If you want to donate direct to the charity it couldn't be easier. To transfer funds simply go to the main lobby, then to Requests, and drop down to Transfer Funds. Type in the User ID NOOW and the amount you wish to donate. The funds will then be taken from your account and credited to the charity. All funds donated will go directly to the charity and PokerStars will match all funds donated! NOTICE: Any money contributed to Not On Our Watch through PokerStars may not be considered a tax-deductible donation in some jurisdictions.
We hope you will join PokerStars and the cast and producer of Ocean's Thirteen in helping such a worthwhile cause.
Overview of the “Ocean's Thirteen Darfur Charity Tournament”
These tournaments are special re-buy tournaments - the entire prize pool will be matched by PokerStars and donated to the Darfur relief efforts. At the conclusion of the event the prize pool, which will be temporarily awarded to the 1st place finisher, will be removed from the 1st place finisher's account. The amount will then be matched by PokerStars and sent forward to the Darfur charity. Thank you for participating — go re-buy crazy! — it's for a good cause. Good luck!
Date: May 13th 2007, 14:30 ET
Buy-in: $10 plus rebuys.
Prizes: Top 4 receive tickets to May 24th premiere in Cannes plus 2 nights hotel and $2k for travel/spending. Top 18 receive autographed copy of “Ocean's 13” DVD. Total prize pool will go to charity. PokerStars will match the donation. The tournament is open to all players. Good luck!
Date: May 27th 2007, 15:30 ET
Buy-in: $10 plus rebuys.
Prizes: Top 4 receive tickets to June 5th premiere in Los Angeles plus 2 nights hotel and $2k for travel/spending. Top 18 receive autographed copy of “Oceans 13” DVD. Total prize pool will go to charity. PokerStars will match the donation. The tournament is open to all players. Good luck!