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WSOP ME Chipleader Giving Back

 

Although the poker world will have to wait until November to crown a champion one player is already setting himself apart from the field.  Dennis Phillips, chip-leader of the Main Event, has pledged to donate 1% of his earnings to putting “a Bad Beat on Cancer”.  While 1% may not sound like a huge amount, if all goes to plan it could represent over $90,000 in donations to the Prevent Cancer Foundation.   “I am thrilled to contribute a portion of my hk prize earnings to the Prevent Cancer Foundation,” said Phillips. “Charity involvement has always been an important part of my life, and hopefully more poker players and final table participants with follow suit in upcoming poker circuits like the European Poker Tour and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.” Poker players donating winnings to charity is beginning to become more and more commonplace.   Barry Greenstein, often deemed the “robin hood of poker”, has been donating tournament winnings for decades.  His charity, “Children, incorporated” has been a beneficiary of the majority of his tournament earnings throughout the years.  2007 main event champion, Jerry Chang, donated 10% of his $8.25 million prize money to the Make a Wish Foundation; Feed the Children, and the Ronald McDonald House.

Poker sites have started to catch on as well.  Recently PokerStars donated over $50,000 to the Kentucky Hemophilia Foundation.   PokerStars spokesman Chris Moneymaker had many kinds things to say about Phillips “[He] is a stand-up guy who brings a positive feeling to the WSOP final …