This is a great example of positive things poker players can do in the world. The One Drop Foundation which was founded in Oct ’07 aims at ‘fighting poverty in the world by ensuring everyone has access to water.’
Now, who started this cool foundation? Guy Laliberte, with a $100mil. He plays poker. You can find him on t.v. during the High Stakes Poker show on GSN, wearing a ‘one drop’ hat and shirt. He didn’t make his money playing poker though – in fact in ’06 he was rumored to be the biggest loser in cash games online @ fulltilt, over $3mil downtick. He got his money by owning 95% of Cirque du Soleil…it’s only valued at approx $1.7billion. He was entrepreneur of the year in ’06 by Ernst and Young.
Inspired by this positive entrepreneurial spirit, PROP will be giving away 25 hoodies for ’25 days of Xmas’ to homeless people in San Francisco. It’s cold there, hoodies aren’t quite as good as a warm bed/place to stay but they are a start and show people down on there luck that someone cares.
The moral of the story – poker is a game – people play the game – people can do positive things in the world. Get out there and do some good.