Celebrities to hit The Star for poker charity event

An impressive suite of celebrities, poker stars and special guests are set to descend on The Star Gold Coast for a Celebrity Poker Tournament next Thursday 26 September.

The event will be held in The Star Gold Coast’s new poker space on the eve of Australia’s first ever World Poker Tour® Festival, which is being hosted at The Star from September 27 to October 7.

Former NRL Gold Coast Titans captain Scott Prince has been revealed as The Star Gold Coast Poker’s ambassador, with The Star’s long-time partner Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) unveiled as the opening night’s dedicated charity.


Scott Prince said he was excited to be on board and raise money for a good cause.

“I’ve played a bit of poker in my time, but I’m definitely going to have to practice my poker face!” he said.

“Poker’s really making a comeback, it’s exciting, and this new facility at The Star will offer a great place to play, whether you’re an amateur or a pro.”

Former NRL star Beau Ryan will co-host the Celebrity opener, alongside World Poker Tour (WPT®) anchor and Australian female poker legend Lynn Gilmartin, while first-time Australian poker champion and WPT Champions Club member Joe Hachem, Brisbane-based poker hot-shot Alex Lynskey and Australian DJ Havana Brown just some of the names that will feature on the celebrity table.

It comes as a large contingency of overseas players are expected to converge at The Star to play the first Australian WPT tournament across the 11 days.

The event celebrates the unveiling of The Star Gold Coast’s new dedicated poker space which features 12 permanent poker tables and nine tournament tables all boasting the latest in poker technology including bespoke IT and registration systems allowing players to register for cash games via SMS.

In the lead up to the WPT Main Event, The Star will also play host to a poolside VIP Player’s Party on Saturday, October 5 which will see celebrity guests and some of Australia’s best poker players attend.

Registrations are now open for the public to take part in Australia’s World Poker Tour Festival at The Star Gold Coast. For more information, visit www.starpoker.com.au/wpt-2019