A 67-year-old Canadian Buddhist just won over half a million dollars at a poker tournament in the Bahamas – and he decided to give every penny spent, BBC reports.
Scott Wellenbach came in third in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event this week, winning $ 671,240 – but according to Wellenbach, he does not really need that money. "As a Buddhist practitioner, we sit and meditate a lot, and it's free," he told the BBC.
Wellenbach, who has been dubbed the "hero of the people" for deciding to donate his winnings, has found himself in the poker game after emerging victorious from an online tournament. He has already donated his pots to charities like Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders, although he has never made so much money at home. Back in 2017, Wellenbach won $ 72,000 at a poker tournament in Barcelona and gave it to a Buddhist convent.
"Like many traditions, Buddhism has had difficulties with sexist prejudices and I think it's very important to support the education of young nuns," Wellenbach told CBC at the time. .
When he does not win Daddy Warbucks level stacks at the poker table and does not use them to make the world a better place, Wellenbach spends his time meditating for at least an hour a day and translate Buddhist and Sanskrit texts, who does not necessarily scream "hardcore shark". But as Wellenbach says, shaking up the cards apparently contributes to his Buddhist practice.
"Poker gives you a great opportunity to work with the heavens and the underworld of your mind," Wellenbach told the BBC. "You win and lose every minute and a half, and you get an idea of how your hopes and fears go hand in hand with the circumstances that are happening in the world that goes to the poker table."
Wellenbach would still not have decided which charities would end up with his income this time, but told PokerNews that he hopes that "money serves good purpose" and can help give people the feeling "that their life is somehow facilitated".
To you, sir, we say this: Let your future be paved with royal hot flashes and pocket aces or whatever. You are truly a saint and a more generous soul than any of our selfish and greedy asses ever will be.
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