World Series of Poker organizers announced today that two charity events at the 2013 World Series of Poker brought in more than $1.3 million for the ONE DROP Foundation
Two branded ONE DROP tournaments were hosted at the WSOP this summer — Event 47, the $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller tournament and Event 58, the Little One for ONE DROP tournament. The High Roller event produced $553,278 of the prize pool that went to the ONE DROP Foundation when a record field of 166 players hit the tables. A field of 4,756 players in Event 58 brought the total amount donated to $1,081,194 — a contribution of $111 of the $1,111 buy-in went to the foundation.
Along with the amounts donated from the buy-ins, those wonderful, warm hearted poker players contributed an additional $246,012 to the "All in for ONE DROP" campaign when they donated a percentage of their winnings to ONE DROP.
"We continue to be extremely proud of the poker community's generosity and enthusiasm," said Mitch Garber, Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s chief executive officer. "The marriage of prestigious events and philanthropy has generated nearly seven million dollars in WSOP donations to ONE DROP in less than two years — a remarkable achievement."
“Again, we have created history!” Cirque du Soleil founder and ONE DROP chairman Guy Laliberté said. “I am thankful to WSOP for their dedication and to the poker community for their generosity. The real winners are the people for which ONE DROP will provide access to safe water. These families can break the cycle of poverty and have hope for a better future. Together we have shown the world once again how giving the poker community is and that the ripple effect continues on.”
The WSOP and ONE DROP have partnered up the last two years and raised almost $7 million from the generosity of the poker community. In 2014 the $1 million Buy-in Big One for ONE DROP is returning to Las Vegas and the WSOP.