A Canadian Buddhist A poker player is hailed as the "hero of the people" after promising to give more than half a million dollars in prizes from a high stakes gambling tournament in the Bahamas.

Scott Wellenbach, who finished third at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas, won $ 671,240 – and he gave everything to a charity.

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"As a Buddhist practitioner, we sit down to meditate and a lot, and it's free," he said. the bbc.

Aged 67, he claims to be a Buddhist and adrenaline rush of "hard money" money games, and he acknowledges that his religion has helped him improve his game.

"When you practice meditation and develop the qualities of consciousness and awareness, you become friends with yourself," he told PokerNews.com in the past. "You become more used to all those thoughts and emotions that cross our mind and often take control of us, emotionally or psychologically. As you become familiar with what's going on with you, these thoughts and emotions may have less power over you, so you can see more clearly what's happening on the table, what's happening to you, and hopefully, act properly. . "

He says that it is sometimes difficult to decipher the good thing.

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"The good thing – I would say – should involve kindness, which is always a challenge at the table," he said. "How nice are you and are you still trying to win?"

Wellenbach, 67, explains that he justifies earning money from others by donating it to charity.

"People who are overly dependent, too drunk, too little studied or too masochistic to play properly earn a lot of money," he said. "We all have these characteristics in us, but some of us have managed to temper our dependence to a certain extent so we can play better. There is a tension about earning money in these circumstances. I guess I rationalize my addiction by giving the gains. "

In the past, he donated his winnings to Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders and several other Buddhist charities, including nuns' associations.

Wellenbach told PokerNews.com: "I hope that a wise decision will be made and that the money will go to good ends and that some human beings or … animals or anything … or beings with feelings that their lives are facilitated in a certain way.We will see where that goes.

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When he does not buy, Wellenbach works as a translator of Tibetan and Sanskrit Buddhist texts for a nonprofit religious.