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  1. [caption width="640"] Dan Smith is aiming to raise 0,000 for charities before year-end. (WPT photo/Joe Giron)[/caption] They say the winter holidays are a season of giving. Acclaimed poker pro Dan Smithis taking that to another level with his charity drive, which could raise as much as $350,000 for a group of select charities. This is the second year in a row Smith has done a charity drive. In 2015, he and fellow poker pro Dan Colman pledged to match donations up to $70,000. With the help of other donation matching sites, Raising for Effective Giving (REG), and, of course, the scores of people who donated, they were able to raise over $210,000 for a quartet of charities; Deworm the World, Against Malaria, Machine Intelligence Research Institute, and The Massachusetts Bail Fund. Smith said the initial idea came from a New Year’s resolution to give back to the world somehow. “I saw a charity running a matching drive, and got an idea. I did some math and saw if I ran my OWN matching drive, every $1 out of my pocket would be $4 towards a good cause. And it has been very successful. Two years ago I donated $25,000 and it raised a bit over $100,000. Last year I donated $35,000, (which I get to write off on my taxes) to raise $210,854.” This year, Smith is back at it with even loftier goals. He is flying solo and trying to raise and match up to $175,000 for nine different charities detailed on his website. Smith grouped the charities into three categories. There is a group for efficient giving, where a dollar can stretch rather far, a group of charities designed to help those in the prison system, and a group Dan describes as, “a few charities that I believe attempt to get to the core of certain issues,” rather than charities that try to solve smaller scale problems. Smith has a presence on Twitter as @dansmithholla, but other than placing some wagers on the election, he generally refrained from discussing politics or the election. Now that the results are in, many are looking for ways to reach out, be more philanthropic, and contribute and Smith put in ample time researching an array of causes to cover many areas of interests and offer something for someone of any political leaning. “The political landscape certainly has a lot to do with it,” Smith explained when discussing the motivation behind expanding the project. “The world is in a crazy place right now, and it’s hard to think of productive ways to make it better. It’s scary.” Since Colman and Smith started the pledge matching initiative last year, others in the poker community have followed suit. Dan Shak launched a drive to raise $35,000 in tandem with REG last month. Numerous poker pros over the years have displayed a penchant for philanthropy, playing in charity tournaments or donating a portion of their earnings to a cause. Smith’s tact is a little different in that not only is he contributing, but he is pushing to get numerous others involved and ensuring the capital is beneficial to donors who can write the money off on their taxes and to seek out charities which are efficient with the funds they raise. Throw in the fact he is matching pledges himself and it is entirely likely Smith will raise over a quarter of a million dollars for these organizations by year’s end. If you have questions about his program, Smith has volunteered to research them himself. He will not be matching donations for charities not on his list because of his extensive vetting process, but he is open to answering questions. Questions regarding the drive can be sent to receiptsforcharity@gmail.com. Those interested in donating have until the end of the year to participate in Smith’s matching initiative.
  2. [caption width="640"] Players helped raise much-needed funds on Tuesday during 888poker's XL Eclipse[/caption] On Tuesday, 888poker's XL Eclipse offered giant guarantees with enormous payouts, but the main focus of the day was raising money for those in need. Of the 11 events on the day's slate, three were branded as “Chip-In!” tournaments – where all the tournament fees would be donated to the REG charity of choice, Against Malaria Foundation. The Against Malaria Foundation takes 100% of all donations and uses the funds to purchase long-lasting insecticidal nets, distributing them to people in need and helping ensure that they are used properly in an effort to help protect people against the very preventable disease of malaria. There was a lot of money to be raised as the biggest buy-in event of the entire series, Event #126 ($5,200 $500,000 Super High Roller Chip-In!) ensured that $200 for every player would be used to help those in need. With 87 players (and their 37 re-entries – which had the donation of fees attached) the players helped raise over $24,000 in this event alone. It was certainly a worthy cause for Belarus' 'spider4444'who took home the largest cash of the entire series thus far with his $170,500 first place prize. Russia's 'EvonmiYa' earned himself $114,700 for finishing as the runner-up and while he certainly would have liked to win it all, the score is the current largest of his profitable career. PocketFiver 'Zebest7r' also made the final table and took home a career-best cash for over $43,000, good for fifth place, as did well-known live and online pro Mike 'SirWatts' Watson, who finished in eighth. The players in Event #127 ($215 $150,000 Mini Chip-In!) were also in the giving mood. The contest drew 585 runners, 360 of which found themselves re-entering. The result of which was another generous amount of money being donated – over $14,000. Current Worldwide #6-ranked player, Joao 'Ineedmassari' Paulo Simao, ended up being crowned an XL Eclipse champion and earning $35,702.10 for first place, adding to his already impressive $6 million in lifetime earnings. The final event that had players chipping in was Event #130 ($55 $15,000 Turbo Chip-In). The turbo format brought in an additional $1,850 in donations as 277 players (and their re-entries) fought for the $3,783.25 cash up top. 'SweetDeuce' defeated the UK's 'Entropally' for the title, while the Brit cashed for $2,775 as a consolation. All told, the day brought in over $40,000 for Against Malaria Foundation. With the long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLIN) costing $2.50 each the players at 888poker helped people in need with over 16,000 new nets. For information on the Against Malaria Foundationvisit them on their website. XL Eclipse Day 10 Winners #EventBuy In][poker card="TD"]WinnerPayout 120$15,000 Lightning 6-Max NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]plotka_voxa$5,720 121$15,000 Breeze NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Kaktus26rus$3,134.70 122$15,000 Deepstack Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]mr.fanera$3,163.60 123$40,000 Crocodile NLHE$160][poker card="TD"]bowdownfish$8,736.52 124$15,000 Swordfish NLHE$30][poker card="TD"]JonBones96kg$2,872.79* 125$20,000 Monsoon NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]Plotsch2$4,560 126$500,000 Super High Roller NLHE$5,200][poker card="TD"]spider4444$170,500 127$150,000 Mini Chip-In NLHE$215][poker card="TD"]Ineedmassari$35,702.10 128$40,000 Tuesday Challenge NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]Gandalf_MRS$8,626 129$15,000 Tornado NLHE$109][poker card="TD"]the_HOBIT_$3,572.67 130$15,000 Turbo Chip-In NLHE$55][poker card="TD"]SweetDeuce$3,783.25 * denotes final table deal
  3. Each of the last five years, Dan Smith has organized a charity drive that pledges to match a portion of what is donated. This year, Smith, along with a group of poker and daily fantasy sports (DFS) pros, pledged to match up to $1.29 million. The drive is officially called the Double Up Drive and benefits 10 different charities, with eight focused on near-term causes and two focused on the long-term. "Poker is an inherently selfish game," Smith said about using his platform in poker to raise awareness and give back. "For me to win, that means somebody else directly has to lose. After a lot of years of it, I thought there was more to life than just playing cards, and I think it's cool that I was able to use my favorite thing to make a difference in the world." Every year, the drive receives a large amount of support from the gambling world, with both the poker and DFS communities heavily participating. Smith works with Tom and Martin Crowley on the drive, and this year Tom pledged half of his winnings from the DraftKings World Championship Final to the Double Up Drive. Known as 'ChipotleAddict' in the DFS world, Tom incredibly went on to win the event for a haul of $2 million and between that event and the FanDuel $2M WFFC Finals, Tom pulled in $2.254 million. That means $1.127 million is being donated to the Double Up Fund. "It's pretty surreal," Smith said of Crowley winning after pledging 50 percent. "When you're playing super high roller (poker tournaments), sometimes you just go completely numb to the value of a dollar. Like, we're playing a $300K tournament, that’s thousands of lives that are going to be literally saved. It's really hard to comprehend. It's a very cool thing, and I couldn’t be happier that it’s been so successful." One of the biggest elements leading to the success of Smith's drive has been the involvement of the poker and DFS communities, and Smith spoke to how much that’s meant to the drive. "Motivating people to do good I think is an unbelievable achievement," Smith said. "Fedor (Holz) last year, Stephen Chidwick this year made very large donations to the drive. It’s just really wonderful to get support. The charity drive is one of the big parts of my life now, and having people whom I respect - I'm great friends with Stevie - getting supported like that means a lot." The seven-figure charity drive is, as he admits, a big part of Smith's life, and with lots of moving parts, people involved, and tons of donations to be handled, both big and small, Smith said he and the group started putting everything together in October, but overall it might not take as much time as one might believe. "It takes a lot less time than you might think," Smith said. "We started brainstorming some charities in October, discussing numbers. We did a handful of one-hour calls. The most challenging thing, I suppose, was getting people to agree on which charities to include, but it makes sense if you’re divvying up what started as $1.3 million. It should take some time. There were a fair bit of logistics, but fortunately, the people at REG Charity were very helpful. They created the website, they’re entering the emails this year. As far as a multi-million dollar fundraiser would go, it takes a lot less time than you might think." Whereas Tom Crowley won more than $2 million from DFS and will be donating more than $1 million of it to the Double Up Drive, Smith hopes he can also make a large contribution from winning an event. Smith is currently in Las Vegas competing in the $300,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl. With nearly 40 entries in the field, the prize pool is well north of $10 million. First place is more than $3.6 million. Smith is playing in the event with five percent of his winnings pledged, and he’s not the only one. "Myself and Nick Petrangelo are playing five percent for charity," Smith said. "So that's $15,000, plus hopefully some skill edge, and I am hopeful that it spreads awareness and if people see it on the stream or television then they are encouraged to do good. Even though we talk a lot about the big numbers, I want to clarify that any amount makes a difference. People in Uganda are living off 65 cents a day, an amount we don’t even consider at all." If you're interested in donating to the Double Up Drive, or simply would like to learn more, you can do so at DoubleUpDrive.com. The Super High Roller Bowl Smith is competing in is being aired on PokerGO, and you can get $10 off an annual subscription through using the code "Pocket5s" when signing up.
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