Dan Smith Launches $350,000 Charity Drive

Following on from last year’s success in which he helped raise $140,000 for worthy causes, Dan Smith has now launched his latest charity drive, and this time around he has doubled up on his goal. Similar to last year, the 27 year-old pro from New Jersey will match total donations up $175,000 with his own money, meaning that up to nine charities could soon receive $350,000 between them.
The select charities that Dan Smith has chosen to support are those which he says “get to the core of certain issues,” and includes the following: Against Malaria; Give Directly; Massachusetts Bail Fund; Just City; Liberation Prison Yoga; MAPS; Zendo; Open Philanthropy; and 350.org.
All of the charities mentioned are listed on his personal website, and any one contributing to these good causes need simply to send their receipt to receiptsforcharity@gmail.com, after which Smith will match the amount. Elaborating further on his motivation for choosing these specific projects, Smith lamented over the USA’s current polarized political landscape, and stated:
“The world is in a crazy place right now, and it’s hard to think of productive ways to make it better. It’s scary.”
In the meantime, Dan Smith has been enjoying the best year of his professional career, and has amassed $4,898,866 in live tournament winnings in 2016 alone, including finishing runner-up at the WSOP $111,111 No Limit Hold’em High Roller for One Drop for $3,078,974. Last Friday, he also beat David Peters heads-up to take down the $25,000 Aria High Roller for $312,000, in the process claiming his third tournament title of the year. As a result, he currently stands at number 8 on the Player of the Year leaderboard with 4,262 POY points, and at number 17 on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $14,825,964 in career earnings. Smith has also won a further $2,836,638 online playing under the screen name KingDan.

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