“I’ve played cards all of my life. Growing up, my family played everything from canasta to bridge. Then, I went to casinos to play blackjack. About four years ago, I started playing cash games and then started playing tournaments on a whim. Obviously, it worked out.” This was the comment Dennis Philips made with poker News Daily on Aug 25th, 2008 after his win in World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas.
The good thing about this win is that it increased his giving to charity. Poker as a game of gamblers would not have a lapse when it comes to big heart of its players.
“I’m involved with a number of charities. I’m going to be donating $10,000 to the Albert Pujols Foundation. I’ve donated to multiple sclerosis charities because my brother has MS. I’ve served as a director for the March of Dimes and United Way.
On Day 4 of the 2008 WSOP Main Event, information for Put a Bad Beat on Cancer was on each table. You’re donating 1% of your earnings (if you make anything), so why wouldn’t you do it? It’s tax deductible. I’ve talked to Phil Gordon and 100% of the money donated goes to it. I do my due diligence to make sure that a high percentage of donations go to the people that it should. I participated in a tournament recently for a fallen firefighter. I’ve been doing charity before playing poker and I will continue to do it in the future. The only difference is that now, I can write some checks.”
Indeed, life is beautiful for a guy who was unable to do great things for charity having lots of checks for a lot of places. One thing that beneficial charity organizations can do for poker players that give to me is to play for their successes because what makes them get more.