Poker fans who enjoyed watching the Big One for One Drop at the 2012 World Series of Poker got a special surprise on Monday night. During the live broadcast of the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table, Guy Laliberte, founder of One Drop, announced that the $1 Million buy-in event will return in 2014 as a bracelet event.
“It’s amazing what you can achieve when you dream,” said Laliberte. “We took the concept of a $1 million poker tournament and turned it into the most successful poker initiative ever held. As a result, over 100,000 people will be positively impacted. Projects in Honduras, El Salvador and West Africa have already put to use the money we raised in the initial event.”
That’s not the only news out of Laliberte and the WSOP though. A second event, dubbed the ‘Little One for One Drop‘, has been added to the 2013 WSOP schedule. The $1,111 buy-in bracelet event will feature unlimited re-entries over the course of two starting days.
“With the ‘Little One’ and the ‘BIG ONE’ on the horizon, we can continue to greatly impact the lives of those in need, while at the same time raising awareness of the impact water has on our planet,” said Laliberte.
The Big One for One Drop will return in 2013 with the $1 Million buy-in and a capped field. The inaugural event was capped at 48 players but organizers are not yet ready to commit to a number for 2014. One Drop will continue to be an official charity partner of the WSOP.
“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 Mitch Garber, Caesars Interactive Entertainment CEO. “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.”
Antonio Esfandiari won the inaugural Big One for One Drop in July earning $18,346,673 after navigating his way through one of the toughest fields in poker history.