Poker pros uniting in philanthropy

The world's top poker pros have always been generous with their time and money when it comes to charitable causes. But Daniel Negreanu, in a new article about philanthropy on Bodog Nation, thinks the gaming bill in the U.S. is bringing it out even more.

"Lots of poker players are doing things for charities," he tells contributing writer Robert Gluck, "whether it's giving money directly or participating in charity poker events which are becoming popular.

"The poker players with the new gaming bill have become so much more united, and it's not only with charity."

Negreanu singled out Jennifer Harman's recent event for the SPCA in Las Vegas as a good example, with even more top pros coming together because of that sense of unity, and the net benefits are being felt by charities everywhere.

"It's good on both fronts, because anytime we do that it's going to help charities as well," he says. "It's a great way to raise money and the poker community as a whole has really done a lot for charitable causes."

Negreanu himself was praised for his efforts, among them donating 20 poker tables, 40 decks of cards and 20,000 poker chips to a charity poker tournament in the name of Adam Pulling, a Western Michigan University student who died of cancer in 2004.

"Sometimes it's just something that seems to fit, that seems like a good idea. The Pulling people approached me and it seemed like it was a good cause."

Also singled out for his efforts was Barry Greenstein, who donates his net winnings from poker tournaments to charity, most notably the Richmond-based Children, Inc., to which he's donated over $1.5 million.

For the full article and even more examples of poker pro philanthropy, visit BodogNation.com.

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About Christopher Hunt

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Some of the highlights: Six years as a writer/editor in a major international ski resort, plus an internship at one of the Web’s first e-zines in New York City. Some of the lowlights: Covering pet parades and DWIs for a very, very small community newspaper.

Originally signing on as a news writer, he was part of the PokerListings.com live tournament team at the 2007 WSOP and now handles marketing and commercial writing for PL.com. Poker-wise, he leans toward No-Limit Hold’em – preferably shorthanded tables and turbo sit-and-gos.

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Paul Greenstein 2009-04-26 05:39:00

hi i would like to contact Mr Barry Greenstein
MY name is Paul Greenstein
and i think we gotta b related maybe drop me a line or someone tell me how to get a hold ohf him