For some people it’s their dream to become professional poker players and win millions of dollars in tournament winnings. But for others, that’s just the first step in a much larger plan.
For former PokerStars Team Pro member Igor Kurganov the next step was philanthropy, by setting up the poker-based non-profit organization Raising for Effective Giving (REG). And it looks like the next step is by giving the richest person in the world a helping hand when it comes to helping worthy causes.
It has emerged that last November Elon Musk gifted $5.74 billion worth of Tesla stock to charity. Musk, who has often been criticized by those who claim he doesn’t donate enough of his net worth to charity, was reportedly helped in determining the recipients of the generous gift by Kurganov himself.
In the past, Musk has donated to local school systems near the SpaceX space port in South Texas, as well as millions of dollars to combat climate change and COVID-19.
Kurganov has over $18.7 million in live tournament cashes according to the Hendon Mob database. The Russian crusher and his long-time girlfriend Liv Boeree have scaled back their poker commitments in the past two years. These days, the poker power couple is more focused on philanthropy.