The Big One For One Drop Back in 2014

October 29, 2013

The WSOP (World Series of Poker) officials have announced the return of the greatest and timeless charity poker tournament. This is the Big One for One Drop, a buyer-in, No-Limit Hold’em event, will soon return for the 45th yearly WSOP.

Come 2014, the Big One will be much bigger. Since the event has shown such great success over the past two years, facilitators just added a full eight-handed table to the charitable tournament thus increasing the total number of the potential participants by 8 (from 48 – 56).

With such an increase and the possibility of yet another sell-out, the prize money for the first place could potentially reach $20 million, which exceeds the $18.3 million, Antonio Esfandiari won in 2012, which would make it the richest prize to be awarded in any WSOP event ever.

Set to occur from June 29 to July 1, this event will have a different venue. The event will take place Caesars Palace. With 56 present seats, the organizers are planning for a flatter payout. If the event sells out, then 20% of the participants could make money.

Guy Laliberte, One Drop founder, has already claimed his seat. Laliberte, who won the 5th position in the inaugural 2012 event, said, “It was a terrific inaugural event in 2012 with ONE DROP raising nearly $5.3 million from the BIG ONE event. There is still a lot of work to be done to ensure access to water for all. I have no doubt that the poker community will once again live up to its reputation for generosity by helping to transform lives sustainably.”

Like in 2012, a hearty $111,111 of every buy-in will be donated to One Drop Foundation that work hard to offer clean water to those in less fortunate countries where clean water is a luxury.

Anyone planning to take a shot can access seats on a first-come, first-served basis and are advised to make a deposit on the $1 million buy-in to guarantee registration, as a sell-out is expected. With no house fees or rake taken from this event, WSOP expects a prize pool worth almost $50 million.

From the 2012 event, almost $10 million ended up in the hands of the One Drop charities and the event organizers hope that the poker community will improve in 2014. The development is underway for the schedule of the remaining WSOP events and dates. More announcements are expected in November as everyone is now gearing up for the culmination of the WSOP Main Event that will take place in a less than a week. The November Nine will kick off on November 4th.


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