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Poker pro Dan Smith and 134 of his friends and peers just raised $1.7 million for a long list of charities around the world.
This was Smith's third annual fundraiser and this time he promised to match donations up to a total of $175k.
The initiative gained serious momentum and thanks to huge support from the poker community, eventually reached a total of $1 million.
That's when two legendary Daily Fantasy Sports players jumped in and donated an extra $700,000.
Dan Smith tweeted:
“2016 ended with a bang! Final tally $1.7 million”
Smith's idea was to use his own donations, which are tax-deductible, to motivate others to donate their own money as well, and then use the funds to support organizations that have the biggest impact.
The money went to a long list of groups but among the biggest recipients were the Against Malaria Fund that provides mosquito nets in Africa to combat the disease that kills half a million people annually.
And the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative which will use the money to de-worm tens of thousands of children infected with parasites and intestinal worms.
Poker player and TV presenter Kara Scott participated in the drive and tweeted:
“Dan Smith did an amazing thing that will do so much good in the world. Plus he gave us all a way to participate.”
Eight-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Erik Seidel tweeted:
“Best gambling story of the year. What a tremendous impact these guys will have.”
The biggest surprise came when the fundraiser was closing in on $1 million and legendary Daily Fantasy Sports players Tom and Martin Crowley pledged $700,000 between them should the drive reach the seven-figure mark.
The entire initiative was organized in cooperation with Raising for Effective Giving, a charity founded by poker pros Philip Gruissem, Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov.
For more info on how you can organize a fundraising drive of your own, visit Dan Smith's website at Dansmithholla.com.