Poker community buys American player a ticket to ME WSOP 2021
Seven months ago, a 40-year-old poker player from the USA, Michael Graydon, was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. When Michael heard of the diagnosis, he sent out a tweet asking to buy back some of his shares in the 2021 WSOP Main Event, and the poker community took prompt action.
Initially, Graydon asked sponsors to cover 70% of his $10 000 ME WSOP buy-in at no markup. He quickly found the investors, but then other poker players also showed a willingness to help.
At first, MJ Gonzales offered Graydon to cover the entire entry fee, while allowing him to keep all winnings. By the way, Gonzales is who helped coach Daniel Negreanu during the heads-up challenge against Doug Polk. Then, Jonathan Depa proposed MJ Gonzalez split the buy-in cost.
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The poker community's generosity didn't end there. Maria Ho also sought to help the American, offering to pay for Michael's flight to Las Vegas for the WSOP. In addition, All-American Dave, a truck that transports healthy food for poker players, is set to provide Graydon with (free) unlimited meals while the guy is in LA.
Michael Graydon was absolutely shocked. He said that poker players really had a heart of gold! We look forward to seeing Michael's performance in the ME WSOP 2021 and wish him good luck, of course!