Million Dollar Buy-In Poker Charity Tournament Set to Return
Nov 2, 2012
$1 million buy-in
Guy Laliberte organizes 2nd Big One for One Drop million dollar buy-in poker charity event for 2014.
The inaugural sold-out Big One for One Drop raised $10 million for charity including $5.3 million for One Drop and awarded the largest first place prize of $18.346 million in the history of poker to Antonio Esfandiari.
The life of over 100,000 people was positively impacted by the money the event raised. Clear water projects in Honduras, El Salvador and West Africa have already benefited from the funds given by One Drop.
Event founder and main organizer billionaire Guy Laliberte announced the Big One for One Drop during the 45th Annual World Series of Poker in 2014. The buy-in is again $1 million aka a Big One. The second event will take nearly two years to plan, and the organizers hope to establish additional corporate participation and activate a satellite program.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment CEO Mitch Garber feels honored to be a part of the special charity event that shone a positive light on the poker community. Garber feels committed to the case, saying: “We have learned that an encore there was only one choice there.”
But poker players can help to solve the global water crisis even before the main Big One for One Drop event.
The WSOP plans to offer an official gold bracelet event with a $1,111 buy-in benefiting One Drop for the 44th Annual World Series of Poker, to be held at Rio Casino in Las Vegas in the summer of 2013.
Poker players will also be encouraged to donate 1% or more of their winnings to charity during every WSOP event, as well as showing commitment by their own re-useable water bottle to the tables.
The One Drop charity project has been improving the lives of more than 300,000 people in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India and West Africa since 2007. In the next five years, One Drop aims to create a better life for another 700,000 people. Laliberte personally funds the operational expenses of One Drop , therefore 100% of money raised goes directly to a charity.