Stars Call For Action Raises $1m As Costabile And Bridges Win Big

Stars Call for Action, a big night of charitable action, raised a million dollars to support Coronavirus victims and a number of other charities. The action was heated from the get-go, with players such as Don Cheadle, Ed Norton and Hank Azaria featured, as some of Hollywood ‘s finest played power poker and debated some of their movies in the process.

In the 1998 movie Rounders talk, Ed Norton said, “No movie was ever more fun to make! “As he’d been trying to make the last six. He would however miss out on the final frames of the Stars Call For Action, just as his character Worm would miss out on Rounders’ last scene.

Ed Norton bust Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston in 15th, while other actors such as Jennifer Shahade and Chris Moneymaker slay players such as Jack Stanton and Michael Ian Black.

It would be English rugby star Mike Tindall who busted first with six players remaining, his all-in push with king-jack called on by Shahade’s holding king-queen.

Busting in fifth place was Moneymaker himself, as his ace-queen was overtaken by Casey Affleck’s ace-deuce, which reached a deuce to replace the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, after the chips had gone into the centre.

Affleck, however, did not last too long, his move with ace-nine reported on the PokerStars blog as being called by Brazilian footballer Douglas Costa with pocket nines that took the field down to three.

Costa would make the heads-up, but Shahade would not, calling her all-in with an ace-queen by the ace-ten of Costa. The flop brought the flush draw to Costa, and that came in on the ironic river as the diamond queen gave top pair Shahade with top kicker but fulfilled the flush to Costa.

In the end, it would be David Costabile who took the win and $100,000 for his charity as the final hand saw Costabile going all-in with pocket fours, which was heading into the final hand after some early violence. Costa had an easy call with ace-king and over a dry board it was Costabile who coin-flipped his way to the win.

Here’s how all of the final table players that cashes ended up:

Place Player Prize
1st David Costabile $100,000
2nd Douglas Costa $75,000
3rd Jennifer Shahade $40,000
4th Casey Affleck $30,000
5th Chris Moneymaker $20,000
6th Mike Tindall $10,000


For each player except for former Chelsea and Manchester City player Wayne Bridge in the side game, it was a case of a ‘Bridge’ too far, as the England left-back was the last man standing: