Forget about all the expensive poker tournaments you have heard of before. At 2012 WSOP there will be a tournament with a 1 million dollar buy-in, and players like Doyle Brunson, Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Andy Beal and 'Tony G' already have already accepted the invite. The name of the tournament is "The Big One for One Drop" and Guy Laliberte, the founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil*, is the man behind the tournament, which he also will take part in.
Up to 48 players can enter the tournament and 11,11 percent of the buy-in will go to the charity organization "One Drop" that provides vulnerable parts of the world with clean water. According to the WSOP crew, the tournament will get an official status and be awarded with a traditional WSOP bracelet if 22 or more players take part. If all 48 seats are filled, the winner will get stunning 17 million dollars - more than Erik Seidel has won in his entire poker career.
*Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec based company recognized the world over for high-quality, artistic entertainment. Since its dawn in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke the imagination, invoke the senses and provoke the emotions of people around the world.
-In 1984, 73 people worked for Cirque du Soleil. Today, the business has 5,000 employees worldwide, including more than 1,300 artists.
-At the Montreal International Headquarters alone, there are close to 2,000 employees.
-More than 100 types of occupations can be found at Cirque.
-The company's artists represent close to 50 nationalities and speak 25 different languages.
-More than 100 million spectators have seen a Cirque du Soleil show since 1984.
-Close to 15 million people will see a Cirque du Soleil show in 2011.
-Cirque du Soleil hasn't received any grants from the public or private sectors since 1992.