April 29, 2013

Need Help with Poker + Charity Idea

I've been trying to come up with a good way to incorporate two of my big passions in life, helping shelter dogs & poker. I considered starting an organization that takes donations (with the main source of those donations being poker winnings) and then funnels that money to various animal rescue groups. I've been doing this already with my own poker winnings, donating them to different animal organizations, and was thinking others might want to do the same.

Some poker professionals struggle with the idea that they aren't adding value to society by playing poker all the time. Even as an amateur, I sometimes struggle with the idea that I'm spending a large amount of time at the poker table. In addition, some people love animals, but don't have the ability to foster, adopt, or volunteer. By combining some of the money won through poker with helping animals, then it can satisfy one's need to give back and help legitimize the time spent at the tables. It may also serve as a way to stay focused, sharpen your game through studying, and motivate you to get your grind on. Personally, if I start feeling like I want to make a loose call or some -EV play just to gamble it up for the moment, then I start thinking about the theoretical money loss, and subsequent decrease in the amount I will be able to donate. This helps me stay on my A game, and also gives my time at the tables a higher purpose.

I'm not sure of the best way to take this idea of combining poker & charity and make it into something bigger and better. As stated above, my first idea was to simply set up a way for people to donate a portion of their poker winnings. Then collectively donate that amount each month to an alternating list of vetted charities.

This is still very much in the idea phase and I'm looking for criticism of this idea, as well as any other ideas that could possibly work better.

Posted By TecmoSuperBowl at 04:49 PM



FenderJaguar posted on April 29, 2013 at 19:13 PM


commission an artist to paint a fresh set of dogs playing poker, sell those paintings (with a badge or certificate on the side to show they donated) for X. call it Poker Shelters Dogs.

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I like that! Now I just need to find an artist...

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Or teach homeless dogs how to play poker for a living.


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In Michigan, we have charity poker rooms that run tourneys and cash games. They are run as non-profits and different charities are beneficiaries each night. They even have the charities supply volunteers to work the cage. Dealers are paid like $50/night + tips.

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I'm thinking of doing the same. A poker room will be opening in a few months near me and I've already begun talks with the poker director :)

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