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Professional poker player Dan Smith and some of his poker and Daily Fantasy Sports-playing friends are teaming up again for a massive charity fundraiser. Last winter, Smith led a holiday fundraiser that collected over $4.5 million for Charity. This year Smith hopes to raise even more.
With over $25 million in live poker winnings, Smith is in a unique position for giving. He will match up to $1.14 million in donations for the fundraiser. Joining him is DFS team players Tom and Martin Crowley and other professional poker players including Stephen Chidwick.
Smith selected 10 worthy charities to receive the donations. Leading the charities is the poker-driven Raising for Effective Giving, a charity co-founded by Liv Boeree that is dedicated evidence-based giving. Through the Effective Altruism Foundation, the fund calculates the effectiveness of donations based on charity evaluators.
Other charities on the list include Give Directly; Hellen Heller International’s Vitamin A Supplementation Program; StrongMinds.com; the Good Food Institute, and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute.
The fundraiser is open and anyone can participate. Donations are made directly to any of the 10 charities. To make sure the donation is matched by Smith and the other sponsors, the donor must email a copy of the donation receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith’s name might not come up often in poker media outside of his charity drives, but he remains a prominent force on the felt. Earlier this year, Smith finished third in The Big One for One Drop for $4 million. Most recently, he made $700,000 for a second place finish at the Poker Masters.