Canadian Buddhist wins $ 670,000 at Poker and gives away everything

Scott Wellenbach took third place at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas (or Paradise Island), winning over half a Million US dollars. He will now donate the profit to 100%. It is not the first time that he donates his profit, but he has never had so much to give up.

Scott Wellenbach is 67 years old and lives in Halifax in Novia Scotia in Canada. Scott is a professional translator who translates old Buddhist writings from Tibetan and Sanskrit into English. Religion and gambling do not always fit together. However, he goes one step further and says that the card game helps him in the Buddhist practice.

What happened to the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event?

Scott participated in the $ 10,300 No Limit Hold’em – PCA Main Event. He had won the invitation to the PCA Event in the Bahamas, specifically the island of Paradise – for this he needed only the victory in an Online Pokerstars tournament.


Scott Wellenbach took third place at the PokerStars

The victory was won by American David Rheem. He secured a profit of $ 1.5 million (1.3 million Euro). Daniel Strelitz, also from the USA took second place. The prize money was almost 950,000 US dollars (about 830,000 euros). Wellenbach had previously been eliminated in third place. For this he received 671,240 dollars (about 590,000 euros) as a profit. It is much more interesting, however, that he immediately stated that he would like to donate all the profits.

Reasons for the good deed

He reported to the media about a pact with the “Poker gods”. He made an excellent Deal with the gods of the card game and will not do anything to change him. He might eventually start losing. I guess he won’t miss anything. He only noticed briefly about the BBC:

I am a Buddhist, as such, I sit around a lot and meditate. It’s free.

In the end, it’s nothing new that Scott gives his winnings. He had previously already donated profits. Back then, the money went to Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders. In 2017, he will be awarded $ 72,176 (around € 62,738) for the 17th time at the PokerStars Championship in Barcelona. The money went to a Buddhist nunnery.

At that time, he made his decision that Buddhism in Tradition would have been unfair to women. It was therefore important for him to invest some money in the training of nuns.

Overall, the Buddhist probably won 99,358 US dollars (about 86,366 euros) at Poker. He donated the entire amount. As a practicing Buddhist, you do not need the money, because he makes friends with himself through meditations. This kind of luxury is for free. For him, his faith is the way to cope with the discontents of life.

Poker-perfect for Meditation

To the media, Wellenbach explained that Poker even helped him understand Buddhist traditions. He said to the media:

Poker offers an excellent opportunity to deal with the heavens and the hells of one’s own spirit […] every one and a half minutes you win or lose – that’s how our hopes and fears stand and fall with the circumstances of life.

For Meditation, a poker table is also very suitable. You develop mindfulness there and become friends with yourself. This way you can understand your thoughts and feelings better and can no longer be so strongly influenced by yourself. With this setting you not only look through your own mind better, but you can also better view the poker table. After that, all you have to do is act correctly.

The right thing to do is, according to Scott, goodness. It is for him the main challenge at Poker. For him, the main question is: how do I win and still act well?

No problems between Religion and gambling

Scott had already been in contact with the poker game as a young man. Since 2010 he plays professionally. He does not see any problems between Poker and Buddhism. In the end, however, he rationalizes, since he donates all profit for charitable purposes.

In the field of professional poker, he still has much to learn. By his age and attitude he stands out from the crowd of poker players, he stands out clearly, it prepared him a lot of trouble.

So far, there has been no decision as to exactly what to do with the money. But it is intended to make life easier for people or living beings who have feelings.

In the end, it’s an interesting story about a Buddhist who plays Poker-for the future, one should wish him good luck and that he will remain in his mindset.

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