Phil Hellmuth is not only one of the most successful poker players of all-time, with over $20,000,000 in career earnings and a record 14 World Series of Poker bracelets, he’s also one of the most philanthropic. Hellmuth has contributed countless time and effort to a variety of causes, including hosting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and WPT Foundation ‘All In For Kids’ charity poker tournament in the past, as well as emceeing Tiger’s Poker Night as part of the 2016 version of ‘Tiger Jam.’
Later this month, Hellmuth won’t just be teaming up with one professional athlete but an entire team. He will be with some of the NBA’s biggest stars, including Steph Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson to benefit the Warriors Community Foundation.
The WCF supports education and youth development in and around the Bay Area, which is done by what the organization calls ‘strength in numbers.’ Thanks to the tireless effort of board members Joe Lacob and Nicole Curran, along with Hellmuth’s close friend Chamath Palihapitiya, the WCF has raised over $5,000,000 in grants to help close the gaps of opportunity and access for underserved students.
This is an important piece to the even more important puzzle for Hellmuth. The bigger picture is using his global status as a poker player to do more than just collect bracelets and accolades. Over the course of his career, Hellmuth has partnered with some of the world’s biggest charities to raise nearly $45,000,000 in documented donations.
“I feel pretty good about that because it’s so important to me.” Hellmuth said, adding, “I see a few younger players getting involved, and that’s good for us [poker players], the charities and the game. I’d like to think I had a positive influence on charity poker.”
Hellmuth has, and while the most public support of his local community might be seen through pictures of him sitting courtside at Oracle Arena or rocking Warrior gold while on the felt, see above, his efforts go much deeper than rooting interests.
In anticipation of this year’s January, 14 event, check out last year’s highly energetic night, emceed by none other than Phil himself.
More information on the Warriors Community Foundation can be found on their website and with an all-star lineup, the fourth annual WCF Charity Poker Tournament is certainly going to be memorable.