This week during the WSOP Main Event final table live broadcast, Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil and chairman of One Drop along with World Series of Poker Officials announced the return of the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop charity tournament during the 2014 WSOP Schedule.
The “Big One” has awarded the largest first place prize in poker history, $18.346 million won by Antonio Esfandiari.
“It was an honor to be a part of such a special event that raised a total of $10 million for charity, including $5.3 million for ONE DROP and shone a positive light on the poker community,” said Caesars Interactive Entertainment CEO Mitch Garber. “By working with the showman – Guy Laliberté, we have learned there was only one choice. An encore. We look forward to collaborating with Guy and ONE DROP to continue to find fun and exciting ways to make a positive and lasting contribution through the vehicle that is the great game of poker.”
For the upcoming 44th Annual World Series of Poker taking place in Las Vegas in the Summer of 2013, the WSOP plans to offer an official gold bracelet event with a $1,111 buy-in benefitting ONE DROP. Nicknamed by Guy Laliberté as the “Little One for ONE DROP” this special event plans to offer unlimited re-entry over two starting days, giving it potential to be the biggest event in terms of entrants at the 2013 WSOP.
The ONE DROP charity is celebrating its fifth year anniversary and since 2007 has worked hard to create projects that are improving the lives of more than 300,000 people in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India and West Africa. In the next five years, with great fundraising activities like BIG ONE and Little One, ONE DROP hopes to positively impact another 700,000 people. Laliberté personally funds the operational expenses of ONE DROP, with 100% of money raised going directly to a project.