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Poker Charitable Giving Trumps the Competition

You Give so Much Because You Win so Much!

It’s not every day that you win a $50,000 proposition bet. But if your name is Antonio Esfandiari, that’s a certainty. This poker ace has more tricks up his sleeve than David Copperfield on a good night, and that’s not an understatement. Back in January 2016, it was reported that Antonio and a prominent businessman named Bill Perkins decided to seal a deal with a proposition bet. The terms of the bet were simple: Antonio was not allowed to walk; he had to do lunges everywhere he went. This lasted for 2 days, at the end of which Antonio’s legs were like pieces of granite. The prize for winning this wager was $50,000. 

The only problem was that Antonio was playing a poker tournament at the time. When nature called, and it did, he was forced to pee in a water bottle at the table. The tournament organizers were none too pleased with his conduct, and he was disqualified from the main event of the $5,300 contest. The uproar he generated garnered tremendous publicity. He also won the $50,000 proposition bet. Instead of keeping the money and going home, he decided to do something good – give it all to charity. He donated $25,000 to REG and $25,000 to One Drop.

Many poker stars have contributed generously charitable causes. One such champion is Martin Jacobson. He donated $250,000 to animal charities. Mega-million dollar donations like the $2.4 million day payday donated by Bill Klein are matched by the $4.3 million charitable gift by David Einhorn. The generosity of poker players continues to stun onlookers, on the rail and in the game.

Major Donations from Poker Players

In recent years, various national disasters in Asia such as Typhoon Haiyan the 2004 Tsunami, and the Haiti earthquake relief efforts have taken center stage. All in all, tens of millions of dollars have been raised by poker players for charitable causes. The World Series of Poker (WSOP) hosted a Big One for One Drop in 2014 with a $1 million buy-in and 42 entrants. There were also 4,500 players signed up for the $1,111 Little One for One Drop with $111 going to charitable causes. In 2014, it was reported that $5 million was raised in the Big One for One Drop for the provision of clean water to those in need.

It isn’t common knowledge, but there is a poker contest known as the CSOP. This charity series raises a fortune for worthwhile causes around the world. The CSOP provided 43,815 dinners courtesy of the $14,600 + that was raised by poker players. Stars like Ryan Riess, Matt Stout and Andrew Brown contributed handsomely to this effort. 

Poker professionals realize that they are in a unique position to make a difference in the world. The insane amounts of money that are won in poker tournaments make it entirely possible for poker players to contribute generously to charitable causes. Poker players are in a privileged position in that they can compete for an unbridled fortune in prize money. With so much to be won, these stars have learned to be gracious and compassionate. Pokerplayers give generously, not because they ought to but because they can and they want to.
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