A poker tournament scheduled on Veterans Day in the United States (November 11, Sunday) in Gardena, California has been won by an unforeseen fellow. What’s intriguingly wonderful was that this fellow made an astonishing move – he donated all his wins to help support a noble cause.
Robert ‘Rob’ Reid is 52 years old and works as General Manager of two Gardena-based casinos called Hustler and Lucky Lady. Most of his time is spent behind the scenes of poker/casino tournaments than in front, but this time he figured he’d join in on the fun and entered the tournament. He never expected to win it in the end!
Reid is in charge of operations at the two casinos for approximately a year. The last time he played at a poker tournament was back in 2015, so he’s expecting to be a little bit rusty. However, luck is strongly at his side this time as he started strong and never went down. On his first hand he got a pair of Queens and he knew that he has a fighting chance. He said, “It’s a good hand to sit down on.”
The tournament that had a $10,000 top prize attracted 111 player entries. After eight hours of play, there were four players left, and they all agreed to split the pot. Since Reid was the decisive chip leader, he received the lion’s share, and the rest of the pot was split among the other three.
While most winners would call it a day and go home with their winnings, Reid did something remarkable. He decided to donate all of his wins worth $2,000 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund for first responders in Southern California. These first responders are the firefighters who have been diligently battling out-of-control wildfires in the state.
After he made the selfless contribution, he said, “I watched the devastation on television. The firefighters put their lives on the line. It’s a tragic thing. I was just trying to help.” He laughed while adding “the other players weren’t as generous, deciding instead to donate their winnings to themselves.”