The month and a half long 2016 World Series of Poker (WSOP) at the Rio in Las Vegas has come down to its final few days as the WSOP Main Event now has less than 27 players competing. During the last few days, poker players at the WSOP have been encouraged to sign up with the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity and donate a percentage of their yearly winnings. There has also been a pushing during the WSOP Main Event to get players to make a pledge to the #WSOP4Charity and donate three percent of their Main Event winnings to charity.
The poker community which includes both operators and players across the world have been known in general to be very generous in support charities, non-government organizations to help build and develop the local community. Players who pledge three percent of their Main Event earnings to the #WSOP4Charity will be part of a draw that will give them the opportunity to have a one-on-one coaching session with Igor Kurganov, take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon or have dinner with Kurganov and Liv Boeree.
Kurganov, Boeree and Philipp Gruissem are also promoting the REG charity and have received support from a number of poker players already. The REG charity has received support from November Niners such as Jorryt van Hoof and Martin Jacobson during the past few years and Jacobson donated $250,000 after he won the WSOP Main Event and took home $10,000,000.
Poker pro Cate Hall has called on the poker community to sign up to the REG charity and pledge three percent of their yearly earnings stating that the money would be used to benefit numerous causes including effective altruism and that they would hardly feel the impact of the three percent deduction.
In a statement, Hall said “One of the nice things about REG is that you have the ability as a donor to channel your money into causes that are most important to you. It’s not a typical charity that’s focused on one cause. There are a number of different branches they are focused on and you can pick from within those branches what’s most important to you. The common theme is that these charities are more effective; they do more with your money in the same space.”
Some of the causes that REG focuses on include poverty alleviation, climate change and animal welfare.