Online Poker Pros and Effective Altruism Success

Published Monday, July 20, 2015 -
Online Poker Pros and Effective Altruism Success

The online gambling industry especially the poker segment is realizing that getting involved in helping the less fortunate in the world is part of the process for a sustainable business. The online poker world is attracting millions of players who enjoy the competition the entertainment and sometimes the winnings. That huge fan base can be also used as a platform to garner support for worthy causes.

One example of a player who has made a difference is the German born poker champ Igor Kurganov who has won over $8 million dollars and has 5 career titles. Kurganov along  with several other high profile poker players, have joined the Effective Altruism movement in Switzerland, to create the REG (Raising for Effective Giving) charity for poker players. The REG organization of around 160 people raised $750,000 for charity and 28 year old Martin Jacobson donated $250,000 of his $10 million prize when he became the world series of poker champion last year.

Liv Boeree a 31 year old from England is another of the top professional poker players who is a part of the REG organization. Her winnings to date are well over $2 million dollars and she continues to make a difference in the lives of many. The team PokerStars pro and former EPT San Remo champion has announced that she will be representing “Raising for Effective Giving” the European Poker Award winning charity she founded with Igor Kurganov and Phil Gruissem at the upcoming Effective Altruism Global (EAG) conference in San Francisco. Other speakers taking to the podium on July 31 – August 02 at the GooglePlex include philosopher Peter Singer, Google Director Jacquelline Fuller, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Elon Musk, and Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn.

Another poker player who has thrown his support behind doing good work with REG and effective altruism is Phil Gruissem who for the first time in five years was not present at the WSOP this year.


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