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SCOOP tournament raises over $100K for Raising For Effective Giving

19 May 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Team PokerStars Pro Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov have expressed their gratitude at the huge amount of money raised for Raising For Effective Giving (REG) from the Spring Championship of Online Poker's (SCOOP) High Roller tournament. The event which had 93 entries and 32 re-entries collected a massive $109,375. Of that sum, players raised $59,375, which is astounding from just a four-hours-long tournament. PokerStars added a further $50,000 for REG, which encourages poker players to donate a percentage of their final table earnings to the most effective charities. Liv and Igor are both proud supporters and board members of the charity.

"This immensely generous donation from PokerStars will be going to two of REG's recommended charities: Machine Intelligence Research Institute (MIRI) and the Future of Humanity Institute (FHI)," Liv said. "Both of these organizations are doing crucial research into global catastrophic risk, and specialize in areas that are in dire need of research. I am so happy that our industry is helping to support this vital research with potentially huge positive impact."

Igor added, "I am especially excited about this large donation because PokerStars has taken an important step by supporting a novel and inspired approach to altruism — an approach that also optimizes for highest EV in terms of positive impact. The donation will be split between two outstanding organizations working to mitigate global catastrophic and existential risk."

For more information about SCOOP and to view the full schedule, go to the website.
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