Mizzi Helps Launch New Poker Charity

Sorel Mizzi
Sorel Mizzi

For the last few years Sorel Mizzi has made life miserable for his opponents in poker. Now he's setting his sights on crushing poverty.

The 25-year-old poker pro is one of the founding members of the new Poker Players Against Poverty initiative.

“I thought it was a great idea to get poker players, who sometimes have a lot of cash, involved with the project,” he said.

Poker Players Against Poverty is a new non-profit that will allow poker players to assist in poverty and homelessness. 

With Mizzi taking point, Poker Players Against Poverty members will commit service days and a percentage of their winnings. 

One of the most appealing aspects of the new program is that members will be able to directly impact the lives of those stricken by poverty. 

“Donating to the program could make a serious difference to a lot of people and to a lot of families,” said Mizzi. 

Mizzi, who plays online as Imper1um and Zangbezan24, has over $4 million in tournament winnings. But it wasn’t always that way for the Toronto pro.

“I came from a very modest family,” he said. “I didn’t have those great things growing up. I can totally see how people get in those situations.”

Mizzi personally contributed $10,000 to get the program off the ground and has pledged to contribute 2% of his future winnings to Poker Players Against Poverty. 

He’s also in the process of recruiting a group of players that will serve as the organization’s steering committee and help drive the initiative.

“1-2% of your tournament winnings can make a huge difference in people’s lives,” he said. “I think we are going to see more and more poker players doing this.”

Beyond raising cash, simply raising awareness of homelessness is important, according to Mizzi, and it’s possible to make a difference without making a financial contribution.

There have already been a number of poker players who have expressed interest in the program including Scott Dorin, Joe Sebok and Matt Jarvis. 

To learn more about the program or donate check the .

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