Big One For One Drop Returns

Big One For One Drop Returns

Monday, 21 October 2013

Antonio Esfandiari's place at the top of the list of the biggest tournament prize winners could be under threat with the news that the Big One For One Drop will be returning next year.

The WSOP confirmed that the $1m buy in event will be back for the 2014 series with the field capped at 56 runners, 11 more than took to the felt last time out. One of those seats has already been taken with Guy Laliberte the first to stump up the seven-figure buy in. Like the original 2012 tournament, next year's Big One will not feature a rake but $111,111 from each buy-in will be donated to the One Drop water charity.

"It was a terrific inaugural event in 2012 with ONE DROP raising nearly $5.7 million from the BIG ONE event," said Laliberté. "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."

The three-day, eight-handed event will take place from 29 June until 1 July with all the action taking place at Caesars Palace until the televised final table.

"This event quickly established itself as special and unique and for that reason we chose to make it an every other year affair," said Mitch Garber, Caesars Interactive Entertainment's chief executive officer. "But we can't wait to host it again in 2014 and continue to use this vehicle to impact the planet through ONE DROP's platform."

Since 2007, ONE DROP projects have helped transform the lives of more than 300,000 people in throughout central America, India and West Africa. Charities benefited by almost $10 million from the inaugural 2012 event.

Antonio Esfandiari won first Big One For One Drop tournament, scooping $18,346,673 after beating Sam Trickett heads up to the title.

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