What the poker world had seen last year is going to take a step forward at 2013 World Series of Poker (WSOP). Last year the Poker fraternity joined their hands together to support a cause to help water deprived nations through the One Drop which is a non profitable organisation which works towards making water accessible to all.
WSOP held an event especially for the charity with the name of “The big one for One Drop” last year, it was a huge success and generated $5.7 million for the charity. This event was won in 2012 by Antonio Esfandiari and had made him richer by a whopping $18,346,673 and escalated him to second spot in all time high poker tournament earnings.
This year there will be a $111,111, One Drop High Rollers No Limit Hold’em event with a bracelet as reward along with prize money. This will be a three day event, which is officially Event#47 of WSOP. It is expected to generate a prize pool of $10 million. Unlike last year, where all the charity came from the poker players, this year Rio all Suites and Casino will donate 3% of each buy-in as charity. However, any player can make their charity individually. The huge $1 million buy-in will be included in WSOP next year.
The other event with a charitable cause will be Event#58A and 58B, named as “Small one for One Drop”. With a buy in of $1,111, the amount which will go towards One Drop will be $111. The expectations are really high from this event and speculations are that it may be the event which will see the maximum numbers of entries. It may outdo the Main event in terms of participants. The dates for these events are July 3rd and 4th. These events will be caps free and any number of players can participate.
One Drop-WSOP Alliance is also planning to raise some funds through those poker players which will finish in cash. The 1% of their earnings will go towards the charity and it will be tax deductible. Last year’s charity helped to build an infrastructure for the next 5 years to provide clean drinking water to 70,000 people in Honduras and El Salvador.