American female poker player will run in a charity marathon

Julie Cornelius

The American poker players often take part in charity events. For example, the legendary poker player and the owner of the biggest number of WSOP gold bracelet Phil Hellmuth gave charitable poker lessons for $17 500 to help those affected by coronavirus pandemic.

However, not only the world poker legends participate in such promotions. The American poker player Julie Cornelius together with her husband Darin Dobler took a decision to overcome the famous "Marathon Des Sables 2021" within 6 days.   

"Marathon des Sables" is a 251-kilometer race across the Sahara Desert in the east of Morocco. In so doing, the marathon participants carry all their food, supplies and protective equipment on their backs.

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According to Cornelius words, the girl didn’t know why she took such a decision. Perhaps due to self-isolation, a midlife crisis or something else. Julie finished playing tournament at PokerStarsNJ and probably because of fatigue, she clicked on registration button for the marathon. In the morning, she confronted her husband with a fact.

Moreover, Cornelius and Darin organized a "virtual marathon", in which you can participate for $50 and walk the entire marathon remotely together with the couple.

All funds received from this event will be donated to St. Baldrick's Foundation, which is engaged in the research related to pediatric oncology. This is not surprising, since Julie's husband has spent most of his career researching childhood leukemia and lymphoma. The marathon will take place in April 2021, and the couple have already hired a coach to prepare for the race.

As for Cornelius’ poker career, she earned $180 580 in the live events. Her prize money of $16 670 for the 4th place at Rio Daily Deepstacks 2014 in Las Vegas is considered the biggest sum.  

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Cardmates journalist, news editor and translator since 2016. Specialization: poker news and review of events.
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