I returned from EPT Berlin to find a really sweet and uplifting message in my Facebook inbox. It was from a fellow named Michael who wrote to say he’d been grinding the small stakes MTTs online for a few years and had developed a huge love for poker, but had often struggled to convert in the late stages and was yet to find his first big score. However, he told me he’d been watching the EPT Live coverage from Berlin and had listened carefully to some of the commentaries, especially during the final table. Michael claimed that this information lead him to change some of his tactics. Those changes clearly went well as he ended up finishing a staggering 4th out of some 25,000 runners in the Red Spade Open, turning his $55 investment into a whopping $110,000!
Good for him, you may say! Well, what really struck me was his next sentence. Michael, who plays poker occasionally but works full time as a plumber in Liverpool, is going to donate $85,000 (that’s 77%!) of his arguably once in a lifetime prize straight to St. Josephs Hospice in Formby. He was compelled to make such an incredible gift because it’s where his uncle has been for thirty years and sadly it is now under threat because the government is trying to shut it down.
Levels of generosity like this are unbelievably rare, and to hear of it first hand from someone who could do so many things with a score of this magnitude was so amazing I wanted to share it with all of you. It made me feel humbled, dare I say ashamed, of how easy it can be to forget that generosity and charity is always an option.
As such, I’ve been inspired to get off my ass and do something good as well. Admittedly, it’s nowhere near the scale of Michael’s donation, but hopefully it’s a step in the right direction. On June 1st, I’ll be running the 10K “Race For Life” in London for Cancer Research U.K. My goal is to raise a minimum of £10,000 for arguably one of the most necessary and deserving charities today.
Click hereto access my personal fundraising page for the Race for Life London. Please donate, or even better, sign up and race alongside me too!
Liv Boeree is a member of Team PokerStars Pro