Online poker site PokerStars will be hosting a rather unique charity tournament event that is set to kick off tonight and pit last year’s World Series of Poker (WSOP) champion with the runner up. The tournament will take place at 6pm EST tonight and will mirror the final table game from the 2008 WSOP down to the number of chips each player will have.
Main event champion Peter Eastgate from Odense, Denmark will take on runner-up Ivan Demidov from Moscow, Russia, both of whom are Team PokerStars Pro players. They will be starting with 80,300,000 and 56,600,000 chips respectively and blinds will be 120,000/240,000 with a 30,000 running ante.
Each player will get to donate $10,000 to their own chosen charities. Eastgate will be donating his amount to the Danish Refugee Council and Demidov will be donating to The Hospice Fund ‘Vera’ Inn.
Last year’s match was one for the record books as both players battled it out for more than $9 million dollars in the longest, heads-up main event in the history of the WSOP (at 15 hours and 39 minutes of play) and tonight’s tournament is sure to bring as much excitement and tension as last November’s match up.
This is the first incident where the final table game from a WSOP has been recreated so if you’d like to see the game possibly play out differently than in 2008 head on over the PokerStars tonight. Fans can watch the event go down live on the PokerStars client.