Global Poker Award winner Angela Jordison and her friend and fellow poker player Jacki Burkhart have started a GoFundMe with the goal of raising enough money to send at least eight military veterans to the 2023 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Salute to Warriors event on June 25.
On top of giving the deserving vets money to cover the $500 buy-in, the Oregon poker duo is raising money to pay for the recipients’ airfare and hotel stay in Las Vegas.
Receiving a WSOP package could turn out to be quite profitable for the selected American heroes. Last year’s winner in the Salute to Warriors charity bracelet, James Todd, took home over $160,000, beating out 3,209 entries.
Navy Vet Reps Military Charity in 2022 WSOP Salute to Warriors
Details of the Poker Contest
Jordison and Burkhart created a GoFundMe to raise $10,000 to cover the expenses for five veterans initially. They each donated $1,500 of their own money to get it started. At the time of publishing, more than $13,000 total had been donated, which leaves money for at least three others to compete in the WSOP.
We have received an outpouring of inquiries from people asking how they can donate to help us send veterans to… https://t.co/t8qyzLeNnf
— Jacqueline Burkhart (@jackiburkhart81)
Poker players are encouraged to donate to the cause and help send heroes to Las Vegas to play in the WSOP. Any donation, no matter how big or small, is valuable.
On March 24, Jordison will release the details for the contest and how interested vets can enter and win. Then on Monday the 27th, they will begin accepting submissions.
Check out the GoFundMe effort here!
Doing it for a Great Cause
The first recipient has already been announced and it is Ryan Mitchell, who hails from the great state of Iowa. Jordison told PokerNews she came up with the idea when she overheard another player at the poker table mention that Mitchell was a veteran. She then offered to buy him into the Salute to Warriors event this summer.
“That’s when I realized I could use my platform to make this a big initiative,” Jordison said. “We jump-started the GoFundMe with our own money and are willing to put up more of our own resources.”
The generous and patriotic poker community quickly jumped in to help raise money and help send more veterans to Las Vegas for the 2023 World Series of Poker. At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to how many vets will end up being selected.
You can help send American heroes to compete in the Salute to Warriors bracelet event in June by clicking on this link.