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Weekly RankingHero Highlights

Three November Niners and two beautiful women players in our RankingHero portrait gallery this past week - check out the #RKHbio  page and the profiles of Ebony Kenney, Jennifer Tilly, Andoni Larrabe, Bruno Politano, and Felix Stephensen!

Visit the #PokerHand page for a collection of great poker moments, and watch Jennifer Tilly outplay the likes of Sam Trickett and Jungleman Daniel Cates!

There is a new article under the #PokerCharity hashtag, as well - Amanda Musumeci Wins 3rd Charity Series of Poker Event.

While waiting for the announcement of the special October contest, RankingHero members continue to have fun with Campok - the first webcam social poker application on Facebook! Don't forget to link your accounts and share your Campok moments here: #screenshotcampok 

Special welcome to @Ismail Yagci @Scott Demoulin (US) @Kish Kumar @Thierry Groualle and all the other new members who joined the community in the past week! Don't hesitate to contact @Ina and @Elena RKH if you need any help in keeping your profile up-to-date, linking your social media accounts, and in making the most of all the features available on Ranking Hero :)

Special thanks to @VinzZ-BlitzZ @Colorem @Gibson883 (and to @harmansmith for the comic strips ) and everyone else posting and sharing on RankingHero and on our Facebook page!

Yours truly,

@Annie RKH 



Amanda Musumeci Wins 3rd Charity Series of Poker Event

Hungry for good causes, the poker community has been donating and playing for food & shelter to those in need in a series of three charity events organized by Matt Stout's Charity Series of Poker. @Amanda Musumeci  won the third CSOP tournament at the @Borgata this weekend.

The inaugural event took place during the 2014 WSOP at @Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino . The winner was @Andrew Brown while two WSOP Main Event champions@Ryan Riess and @Carlos Mortensen finished runner-up and third, respectively.

The second CSOP tournament was held at @Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Hollywood in late August and was taken down by @Nicolas Yunis

@Amanda Musumeci played and enjoyed all three and 'got back her investment' :) by winning the last CSOP tournament held during the 2014 WPT Borgata Poker Open.

It was again a star-studded field, judging by the runner-up and third place finishers - WPT Season XII Player of the Year @Mukul Pahuja and two-time bracelet winner @Dan Heimiller

Half of the prize pool from the event was set aside for payouts and the other half is to be split equally between the Food Bank of South Jersey and Habitat for Humanity’s Atlantic County Chapter. 

Congratulations to @Matt Stout for the successful take-off of his new project Charity Series of Poker and we look forward to news of the next events and good causes that the organization will choose to support!

RKH: Ladies in 2014 WSOP - Cashes for Allyn Jaffrey Shulman and Amanda Musumeci

RKH: Poker Overcome with Joy of Giving. Latest Project: Matt Stout and Charity Series of Poker

CSOP: http://www.charityseriesofpoker.org/


Poker Overcome with Joy of Giving. Latest Project: Matt Stout and Charity Series of Poker

Philanthropy has been high on the agenda of poker players this summer. The past months have been marked by active involvement in various charity projects created and/or supported by poker celebrities - Raising for Effective Giving-REG and the #alsicebucket challenge being some of the most notable examples.

But even more importantly, the community has been engaged in a debate about its own moral foundations triggered by  Daniel Colman's much discussed reaction after winning $15 million in The Big One for #OneDrop.

Big influencers such as @Daniel Negreanu and REG co-founders @Philipp Gruissem and @Igor Kurganov  have helped shape a general consensus within the coomunity as to the best available answer to the identified 'moral dilemma', and namely - 'giving back': '..use the money your talents allow you to earn to make a difference in the world' (Negreanu); 'the only way to be 100% happy if you are living in this poker world is to give back' (Gruissem).

REG official US launch dinner: http://reg-charity.org/

The latest 'give back' project was born across the Atlantic.  Charity Series of Poker (CSOP) was founded in 2014 by poker pro @Matt Stout with the aim to "make it easy for poker players and celebrities to give back to their communities and the world in a very tangible way while playing the game we all love".

Here are just some of the notables who have pledged their support for CSOP so far:

Matt Stout is a veteran in the online and live poker field, with $2,862,974 in live earnings since 2006.

Matt Stout was born on December 12th 1984 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He studied business administration management at the college of New Jersey. Matt started playing poker when he was four years old with his brothers and sisters, the game of choice was five-card draw. His plays no limit hold-em tournaments for the money and omaha for the complexities of the game. (http://stoutpoker.com/bio)

The first CSOP event took place at @Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino for the benefit of Three Square, Las Vegas’s only food bank.

The second event took place yesterday at @Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Hollywood in support of Habitat for Humanity and @Nicolas Yunis was crowned the winner:

CSOP already has a third event planned for September, at the @Borgata and you can visit their site for details and updates: http://www.charityseriesofpoker.org/charity-series-poker-event-3 Or follow Matt Stout and CSOP on Twitter: @TheCSOP / @MattStoutPoker


RKH: Dan Colman Speaks Out on the 'Ugly World' of Poker, Daniel Negreanu Looks on the Brighter Side


RKH: Philipp Gruissem: 'Giving makes you happy and everybody should try it'



@Annie RKH pourrait tu faire 2 post quand tu publi 1anglais et 1francais stplay pour les non inglish speaker ;)

@sylverphenix Désolé, mais mon français n'est pas assez bon.. il faudra attendre le perfectionnement du GoogleTranslate 

Philipp Gruissem: 'Giving makes you happy and everybody should try it'

In the aftermath of the Big One for #OneDrop and during the ensuing 'Colman debate' about whether or not poker should be promoted at all, an alternative has emerged from within the poker community itself - @Philipp Gruissem @Igor Kurganov @Liv Boeree and other top pros have found an answer to 'Colman's Dilemma': Raising for Effective Giving. It is a program designed to help and encourage poker players to make meaningful and efficient donations to various causes and charities of their choice. While Colman drew attention to the 'ugly world' of poker, Gruissem came out with a simple answer to his moral dilemma: "Trust me, the only way to be 100% happy if you are living in this poker world is to give back."

REG launch dinner during #WSOP2014 


The idea behind effective giving is to rely on science and rational decision-making in order to find the most effective interventions.

REG is collaborating with researchers, think tanks and charity evaluators to provide members with the best information on the most effective giving opportunities. Interested REG members are encouraged to participate in discussions about effective giving.

Additionally, REG will promote effective giving to the poker-interested public and encourage members to become ambassadors for this important cause.


Helping people through poker: A reply to Dan Colman

by Igor Kurganov and Adriano Mannino


A solution to Dan Colman’s dilemma

by Phil Gruissem


 "No one has ever become poor by giving" :)

This, definitely is an interesting approach, not just to the game, but to life. Makes sence, but to me they both make sence - REG and Dan Colman's opinion. Above all I think, no matter what, you just need to do what makes you happy and try to enjoy life in the way you want it, because that's the point, no?