Wednesday October 31, 2012 : MILLION DOLLAR BUY-IN POKER TOURNAMENT TO RETURN
Water charities did well out of the inaugural Big One for One Drop
Big One for One Drop, the million dollar buy-in poker tournament which lit up the World Series of Poker in its inaugural run this year was a great success and will be returning in 2014, says billionaire and avid poker player Guy Laliberte, who dreamed up the idea of the charity-focused event.
Laliberte revealed this week that on its first outing the event raised $10 million for charity, with just over half of that pumped into One Drop, a charity that fights poverty by supporting access to clean water.
“We took the concept of a $1 million poker tournament and turned it into the most successful poker initiative ever held," Laliberte said. "As a result, over 100,000 people will be positively impacted.”
One Drop put the $5.3 million it received from the poker initiative into clean water projects in Honduras, El Salvador and West Africa.
Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari won the first Big One for One Drop tournament, taking home the biggest poker cash prize ever at over $18 million when he beat UK player Sam Trickett in the heads up.