Duhamel and ElkY confirmed for $1m buy-in event

Duhamel and ElkY confirmed for $1m buy-in event

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

The 2010 World Series of Poker winner Jonathan Duhamel and tournament legend Betrand 'ElkY' Grospellier are the latest big name to be added to next year's $1m buy in One Drop tournament.

The One Drop foundation was founded by Cirque du Soleil creator and regular benefactor to the high stakes games Guy Laliberte and raises money to provide access to clean drinking water in the developing world. Duhamel and ElkY join a line that already includes Doyle Brunson, Patrik Antonius, Tony G and Gus Hansen. All told, 22 players have said they'll be taking part so far.

“I am absolutely thrilled to participate in the biggest poker event ever organized. $1m is a lot of money but my participation comes naturally because of my attachment to such a great cause.” said Duhamel. “Life starts with water and because of its uneven distribution, a person dies every 20 seconds. The BIG ONE for ONE DROP will raise $111,111 per participant, which will definitely prove the poker community attachment to the Foundation. As for me, I personally commit to give 5% of my winnings from this tournament to ONE DROP.”

If the full cap of 48 players is reached then the prize pool will top $40m with the winner set to walk away with an astonishing $17m. The tournament, which is scheduled to be televised on ESPN, will see players start play with a whopping 3m chips and a one hour clock.

Players have so far raised $2,444,442 for the One Drop project.

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Tags: One Drop, Guy Laliberte, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand Grosplellier, ElkY