Buddhist Poker Player Wins $600k, Fans Shocked by What He Did with the Money

January 17, 2019Jan 17, 2019

Poker is a remarkable game that has been around for years. Many people don't realize the skill it takes to truly succeed at poker. There is so much that goes into analyzing each hand and making big bets, especially when it counts.

Recently, a massive pot was on the line. However, a Canadian Buddhist kept his cool and walked away with over $600,000! However, that wasn't even the best part!

"A Canadian Buddhist poker player is being hailed as the 'people’s hero' after vowing to give away more than a half million dollars in prize money from a high-stakes gambling tournament in the Bahamas. Scott Wellenbach, who came in third at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event in the Bahamas, won $671.240 – and he’s donating it all to charity," reported Fox News.

Scott opened up about the amazing win in a recent interview. He said it can be tricky to balance adrenaline while gambling and his Buddhist mindset at the same time.

“When you practice meditation and develop the qualities of mindfulness and awareness, you become friends with yourself,” he told PokerNews.com in the past. “You become more accustomed to all of those thoughts and emotions that course through our mind and often take control of us, emotionally or psychologically. As you become familiar with what’s going on with you, perhaps those thoughts and emotions have less power over you, so you can see more clearly what’s going on on the table, and what’s going on with you, and, hopefully, do the right thing.”

Scott has won big in the past. He has also donated his winnings from those tournaments as well. Some of the charities that he has helped include Oxfam, Doctors Without Borders, and other Buddhist charities. He truly is the people's champ!

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