Smyth Pledges to Donate TOC Winnings

Marty Smyth

Former Irish Open winner Marty Smyth has agreed to donate all his winnings in the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions to charity if he qualifies.

Twenty of the 27 spots at the 2010 event are voted in by the fans and Smyth hopes to get enough votes to be one of them.

Smyth specifically pledged everything he makes in the $1 million freeroll to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Dublin.

His sponsor,, is behind the move and launched an online campaign yesterday called, "Vote for Marty", which supports his bid for entry.

"Not only has Marty won a WSOP world championship event, he's won the World Open, Irish Open and Poker Million," said Paul Spillane, head of poker at

"Surely that's the pedigree of a true champ and his generous gesture of donating any prize money he might win to children's charities in Ireland, should see the whole country swing behind him. It's a no-lose situation for the children's hospitals so get voting now people!"

The winner of the 2010 WSOP Tournament of Champions will receive $500,000, the runner-up gets $250,000, third place earns $100,000 and the fourth through ninth place finishers will earn $25,000 each.

At the time this article was published the "Vote for Marty" Facebook page had over 600 members.

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