German poker player Philipp Gruissem has been riding on the wave of the recent German resurgence in the poker world. However, this promising young poker player hasn’t just been mixing it with the world’s elite for his own financial gains.
Gruissem has bought into the philosophy of “Effective Altruism” which predominantly enthuses a person to excel in certain areas with the hope that it will affect other people’s lives in a positive way. Basically, Gruissem isn’t playing poker for his own financial gains, more to help raise money for notable and worthy charities to help the less fortunate.
He was never one to purchase flashy material possessions, so for many of his close peers this transition wasn’t as surprising as you may think. The first money he decided to invest was in a Ugandan-based charity called Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), which he gave $60,000. The charity helps to try and “find cures and vaccinations for tropical diseases caused by parasite worms.” (image by AskNTD)
But he’s not alone in this quest, as German compatriot Igor Kurganov during the same period traveled to the Effective Altruism office headquarters in Switzerland and donated $90,000. Gruissem points out that the money he donates to the Effective Altruism association has a greater affect when used in African countries as the money “goes a long way and can help a lot more people.”
It’s a commendable thing what Gruissem is doing right now, by using a sport as popular as poker as a platform to encourage more to consider donating similar charities. Poker is one of the most popular sports in the world and has many platforms to highlight Gruissem’s quest to help charities such as SCI. Ever since the casino boom in 1996 when the online version was brought to our living rooms via InterCasino, it has had the notoriety and standing in world sport to influence millions. And hopefully, as Gruissem climbs the ladder in the poker world, the positive affects of buying-into Effective Altruism will be highlighted, and more charities brought to the forefront of the sporting world.
Keep fighting the good fight, Gruissem.
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