Liv: I'm just really excited because, through effective altruism, we found a way to marry being successful at poker and actually making a positive contribution to the rest of the world.
Igor: So, altruism is about the concern for the welfare of others. And effective altruism just puts in the goal of business, or a mathematical mindset, where looking to be the most effective. So, it means that we want to have the highest impact for the resources that we can put in to it.
Phillip: Yeah. I think, especially as a poker player, it's easier for us to judge those things because we think a lot about things like the expected value. What do we get out of this? How do we do that? Strategy. And it's kind of a strategy involved in this. We want to do something good, but we want to do it smart and in the best way.
Liv: A lot of people, myself included, we want to give, charitably, but we don't know where to give to. REG, which stands for Raising for Effective Giving, is a charity that Phil, Igor, and I helped create. And basically our goal is to get poker players who are often winning large amounts of money, sometimes regularly, sometimes irregularly, to think about giving back charitably to these highly effective charities.
Igor: If you just notice that you're helping others a lot with what you're doing, then you will always feel better about everything that you do. And I was lucky enough to find that out after four years. People who climbed the normal career ladder found that out after 20, 30 years. And it's just incredible how much you can help with so little that you have to give away for that.