Donating for people who have been hit hard by COVID-19 or raising money for other causes, the poker community is coming together, extending helping hands for those in need. One of the prestigious brands the World Poker Tour (WPT) has announced a groundbreaking event and partnership with Budweiser to launch a new celebrity special event called ‘The King’s Celebrity Poker Challenge on ClubWPT’.
The event will feature A-list celebrities and Athletes competing on ClubWPT, the WPT’s sweepstakes-based online poker platform. In the first episode, WPT and Budweiser will bring together World Central Kitchen founder, Chef José Andrés, NBA all-star and champion Pau Gasol, Hollywood star Jon Hamm, comedian and actor Jason Alexander, comedian and actor Kevin Pollak, and surfing legend Kelly Slater, all of whom will be competing at the same table.
Budweiser will donate $15,000 in each participant name to World Central Kitchen, an organization that delivers meals to seniors, families, frontline healthcare workers. Another $35,000 on behalf of the winner which means that $125K will be also be donated. Andres founded the World Central Kitchen in 2010, recently, he worked to feed the people of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017, California after the fires in 2017 and 2018, and now across America where people are hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour said, “This incredible partnership with Budweiser is a trailblazing step forward in charity poker initiatives and televised poker. WPT is always looking to be innovative, and this partnership with Budweiser leverages our 18 seasons of world-class production and our ClubWPT online platform, to bring real poker into people’s homes during this unprecedented era without live events. We graciously thank our partners at Budweiser for their contribution of $125,000 to help those in need during this time.”
For 21+ Only. No money was exchanged during this exhibition tournament. pic.twitter.com/MmmS96m9Gs
— Budweiser (@budweiserusa) May 26, 2020
Monica Rustgi, Vice President of Marketing for Budweiser stated, “Budweiser has had a long legacy of an association with competition. We, like everyone else, are missing the excitement of watching a live game. Bud wanted to give people chance to feel a little of that thrill of competition while staying safe at home, so with the World Poker Tour, we’ve assembled a cast of characters for a charity game for some light-hearted fun and to make a positive impact by spotlighting the great work of World Central Kitchen.”
The #Poker4Charity event will be streamed on Twitch on 28 May, Thursday at 5 pm. To add more flavour WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin and WPT Commentators Tony Dunst and Vince Van Patten will highlight the action and WPT final table!
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