Play poker with the stars and make a difference

In the world of sports and poker, players are always aware of what is on the line. Money, fame, and competitive drive push the athletes to their maximum potential. In the end, though, most of those players realize they're only playing a game. That's why many athletes and poker players take time out of their schedules to support charities and lend their celebrity to good causes.

Now, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Philadelphia Phillies' Cory Lidle, and PokerStars.com are teaming up to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

On January 14, 2006 at the Palms in Las Vegas, Make-A-Wish and PokerStars will host a $1200 buy-in charity tournament (with optional $300 rebuy) to benefit Make-A-Wish.

Entrants will be competing against some of the best athletes in the world. So far, the following ball players have signed up:



  • Jimmy Rollins, Randy Wolf, Mike Lieberthal, and event sponsor Cory Lidle (Philadelphia Phillies)
  • Jason Giambi (New York Yankees)
  • David Wells, Shawn Wooten (Boston Red Sox)
  • Adam Dunn (Cincinnati Reds)
  • Eric Chavez (Oakland As)
  • Ron McKinnon (New Orleans Saints)
  • Tom Wilson (Colorado Rockies).
  • Bret Saberhagen (2 time Cy Young Award winner)
  • Scott Erickson (L.A. Dodgers)
  • Lisa Guerrero (Playboy Cover, January 2006)



  • $600 of the buy-in will go to help Make-a-Wish continue its mission. In addition, PokerStars.com will donate all of the fees collected from satellites for this event to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    The remaining $600 of the buy-in and 100% of the $300 rebuys will go into the prize pool.

    You don't have to be a big-time athlete to get a seat in this event. PokerStars.com is now running satellites that will pay your buy-in, hotel costs, $500 spending money, and get you an invitation to an exclusive cocktail party with the stars at the Palms' Ghost Bar.

    Here's what the satellite winners will receive:

    Entry Fee: $1,200
    Hotel: $700
    Spending: $500
    Total: $2,400

    Here's how you can qualify via cash satellites:

    Saturdays

    5pm $2+$0 Rebuy/Turbo Satellite to Saturday 9pm $30+$3 Rebuy Super
    7pm $2+$0 Rebuy/Turbo Satellite to Saturday 9pm $30+$3 Rebuy Super
    9pm $30+$3 Rebuy awarding $2,400 packages, one package guaranteed

    Sundays

    4pm $2+$0 Rebuy/Turbo Satellite to Sunday 8pm $30+$3 Rebuy Super
    6pm $2+$0 Rebuy/Turbo Satellite to Sunday 8pm $30+$3 Rebuy Super
    8pm $30+$3 Rebuy awarding $2,400 packages, one package guaranteed

    Every Day

    10-player Sit&Go $240+$12 awards one package
    20-player Sit&Go $120+$8 awards one package

    Here's how you can qualify via FPP satellites:

    Every Day

    7:30pm 100 FPP buy-in to Sunday 7:30pm 1,000 FPP Super
    9:30pm 100 FPP buy-in to Sunday 7:30pm 1,000 FPP Super

    Sundays

    7:30pm 1,000 FPP buy-in awards one $2,400 package

    Satellites begin December 17th, 2005 and end January 1st, 2006. If you have questions, please contact support@pokerstars.com.



    Click here for more information on the tournament and its players.

    Brad Willis
    @BradWillis in PokerStars news