Shooting Star Charity Event announced for partypoker / WPT World Online Championships

By Mike Patrick
July 05, 2020

Shooting Stars for Charity

A huge prize pool, bounties on some of poker’s biggest stars, and at least $50,000 to charity. All part of one of partypoker’s marquee events during the upcoming WPT World Online Championships!

The $1,100 ‘Shooting Stars for Charity’ is a two-day event taking place July 29-30 on partypoker, with $100 from each buy-in being donated to 1Day Sooner, a charity that advocates on behalf of human trial challenges to speed up development of a COVID-19 vaccine. partypoker has attached a $500,000 guarantee to the event, ensuring that at least $50,000 will be donated to the charity.

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On top of the huge prize pool, stars from the poker, entertainment, and sports worlds will have $500 bounties on their heads, including partypoker ambassador Sam Trickett, partypoker Live Super High Roller champion Steffen Sontheimer, partypoker Team Online member Jaime Staples, WSOP Main Event and WPT champion Ryan Reiss, Super High Roller crusher Igor Kurganov, Argentinian rapper Alejandro ‘Papo MC’ Lococo, Norwegian actor Aylar Lie, and soccer stars Darren Fletcher and Wes Brown.

partypoker ambassador Kristen Bicknell will also be a bounty in the event and had this to say about it:

“I’m delighted the WPT and partypoker have come together to help make a difference in these difficult times, while also offering players the opportunity to win plenty in cash prizes,” said Trickett. “I’m looking forward to giving players the chance to take my bounty, and if you think you can beat me, come and give it a go!”

The Shooting Stars for Charity will take place in conjunction with the WPT Foundation, which has helped raise more than $25 million for charitable organizations since 2012.

Satellites for the event will be launched on partypoker in the upcoming days, and the final table will be live streamed on partypoker, Twitch, YouTube, and partner channels.

Poker Industry Invitational

The WPT World Online Championships will also give the poker industry a chance to come together to make a difference.

On July 17, partypoker will host the $320 Poker Industry Invitational, with $20 from each entry also donated to 1Day sooner. The event, exclusively for poker industry professionals, will have a $30,000 guarantee, and partypoker is adding seats into the Shooting Stars for Charity event to the top 3 finishers.

Industry professionals can apply to enter the Poker Industry Invitational at

WPT Satellites / $500,000 in added value

The inaugural $100 million guaranteed WPT World Online Championships kick off in less than two weeks, and not only is partypoker running an extensive schedule of satellites, but they’re throwing in huge added value leading up to the series.

$500,000 worth of entries to WPT World Online Championships events will be given to the winners of selected daily tournaments and satellites on partypoker. Players can look for the ‘WPT Seat Added’ moniker on selected tournaments in the ‘Featured’ tab of the partypoker client.

As for the satellites, there will be a ton of them.

Buy-ins will range from $3.30 to $1,050, with specific mega satellites for the 12 championship events running for one week prior to the start of these tournaments.

There will also be satellites running daily until August 9, feeding into the $5 million guaranteed $1,050 Mini-Main Event. Players can buy in to the satellite event for $109 and win a $1,050 ticket. Additionally, there are daily $22 phased satellites, which lead into a weekly Monday final. The first final for the Mini Main Event is Monday, July 6.

“The mega satellites for each headline event will be a great way to give players of all bankrolls a chance at competing in this massive series in the biggest events,” said Team partypoker’s Patrick Leonard. “It’s such an exciting series with a focus on providing tournaments of the highest standard and a quality experience, so it’s great that partypoker are making it accessible from $3.30 satellites.”

The series culminates with the $10 million guaranteed $10,300 buy-in Season XVIII WPT World Championship Online Main Event, running from August 29-September 2. Satellites for the Main Event begin August 23.

The WPT World Online Championships begin Friday July 17 and run until Tuesday September 8. For more information, visit



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A veteran of both the Canadian sports media industry and poker scene, Mike has made the jump into poker media with Having worked his way from intern to television producer and from home game hero to semi-professional poker player, Mike brings knowledge and a competitive outlook from his experiences in the newsroom and at […]

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