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Buddhist poker player donates $600,000 win to charity

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46911725
Old news but yeah.

The Canadian poker player came in third at a poker tournament in the Bahamas, taking away $671,240 (£518,868).

As usual, he is donating all his winnings to charity, earning him the nickname "the people's hero".

"Being a practitioner of Buddhism, we sit around and meditate a lot - and that's free," he told the BBC.
How does he reconcile his Buddhist practice - which emphasis making peace with the impermanence of life - with the adrenaline rush of a straight flush?

"With great difficulty," he admitted.

He is concerned about the ethics of playing a game that has left many in financial ruin.

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Comments

  • rocalarocala Explorer

    Wow I do like this man.

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I’ve played the odd no-limit hold ‘em poker tournament among friends, i took home the pot on several occasions. It’s good fun, if not very buddhist.

  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    @Kerome said:
    I’ve played the odd no-limit hold ‘em poker tournament among friends, i took home the pot on several occasions. It’s good fun, if not very buddhist.

    I hope you donated it!!! =)

  • FoibleFullFoibleFull Canada Veteran

    Yeah, that sounds like a Canadian Buddhist.

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @Bunks said:

    @Kerome said:
    I’ve played the odd no-limit hold ‘em poker tournament among friends, i took home the pot on several occasions. It’s good fun, if not very buddhist.

    I hope you donated it!!! =)

    This was before my involvement with Buddhism, I think I spent the money on some dvd’s...

    Bunks
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