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Building a movement for effective giving

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REG is a community of professional poker players interested in making a positive impact. They recognize that the rationality skills for maximizing expected monetary value in poker transfer perfectly into maximizing the expected impact of charitable donations. The idea behind effective giving is to rely on science and rational decision-making in order to find the interventions most effective at reducing suffering in the world.

REG is collaborating with researchers, think tanks and charity evaluators to provide members with the best information on the most effective giving opportunities. Additionally, REG promotes effective giving to the poker-interested public and encourages professional poker players to become ambassadors for this important cause, by pledging to donate 2% of their gross poker winnings quarterly.

In November 2014, World Series of Poker Main Event champion, Martin Jacobson, donated $250,000 to Raising for Effective Giving after his big $10m win back in November. “The amount I’m donating doesn’t have a significant impact on my life by any means, but knowing it can save other lives makes it a no-brainer.” Jacobson told REG . Animal welfare is of particular importance to Jacobson and $125,000 of his donation went to effective animal charities, where it’s believed his money will save more than 300,000 animals from a life of suffering on factory farms.

Adriano Manno and Ruari Donnelly will be giving a short presentation on their organisation with time for questions afterwards. We will also be joined by the Cambridge University Poker society to talk a little bit about the modalities of earning and giving as a poker player. The event will be followed by alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and snacks.

80,000 Hours: Cambridge is here to give you the information you need to maximise the social impact of your career choices. Our advice is based on four years of research with academics at Oxford and is tailored for talented young graduates.

Cambridge University Poker Society provides a fun and safe venue for those who want to learn and practise poker while at university. They hold cash games at least once a week with stakes ranging from £0.10/£0.10 blinds (£10 buy-in suggested) upwards. Cash game players are free to buy in for any amount and leave whenever they wish.

This talk is part of the 80,000 Hours: Cambridge series.

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