Players Raise $5m for Charity

Players Raise $5m for Charity

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Winning money is the name of the game in poker but players have been busy boosting the bankrolls of charities as well as themselves this summer.

The community has come up trumps once again at this year's World Series of Poker, raising over $5m for good causes.

The bulk of that cash ($4,666,662) came via the Big One for One Drop with the further $499,056 coming from the Little One for One Drop. The rest came from a variety of sources, largely those who donated a share of their winnings after cashing in an event.

“This year’s results are once again outstanding,” said Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil™ and One Drop. “We can really say that everyone has come out a winner, not just the players but all the communities who will benefit from the generous amount raised.”

One Drop, which provides clean drinking water in the developing world, has benefited to the tune of over $12m since establishing a partnership with the WSOP in 2012.

“We are very proud of the poker community who has opened their hearts and wallets so generously in order to make a difference,” said Caesars Interactive Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Mitch Garber. “Poker is a game played globally, and One Drop is a tremendous organization working tirelessly to sustainably improve people’s lives. We are very appreciative and thankful for everyone who continues to contribute to the incredible success of this initiative.”

Tags: Big One for One Drop, WSOP 2014, World Series of Poker, Guy Laliberté