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Cirque du Soleil founder creates $1 million buy-in tournament

Tags: 2012 wsop, Cirque du Soleil, expensive poker tournament, GUY LALIBERTE.
Posted on 08 June 2011 by "T".

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.

 


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8 comments on "Cirque du Soleil founder creates $1 million buy-in tournament"


 Fakiry08/06/2011 12:35:27 GMT
This should be a very enthusiastic tourney. I am glad about the names that are already confirmed, but i would like to see other big names, like durrrr, Daniel Negreanu, Izildur1... We know we will not see Phil Ivey in this tourney because he already confirmed he won't participate in this year0s WSOP, but i am sure that if this tourney was made apart from WSOP, he would be there for sure! Lets see who wins this Euromillions! Looks like the only non-pro in the field will be Cirque du Soleil founder himself, lets see how he handles!
 SuperNoob08/06/2011 14:21:49 GMT
1 million is too much money for a tournament only the big pros and rich businessman can afford to play in this one. would be surprising if no of players reach past 20.
 LooseKiddie08/06/2011 14:58:11 GMT
If it was up to me I would say it's impossible to have 48 players in 1M BI tournament. But well... it's very possible. I think there will be more than 22 players, but also I'm sure there could be some rich newbies and it would be quite stupid when some buisnessman on a rush would win WSOP bracelet.

@Fakiry - this tourney will be in 2012 WSOP, so IMO Ivey will play Smile
 lomax08/06/2011 14:58:33 GMT
wow too much money for a buy in. it's possible to see this event on tv? i think that the best player want to play this touney.
 B1gfoot08/06/2011 15:14:24 GMT
Think I will try a few satellites Smile
PI wont be playing Big Smile , wounder if this is tempting him a little.
 Macubaas09/06/2011 05:31:56 GMT
Pretty old news actually since statement was made about a week ago. Still i think the buy in is more for getting a lot attention about the event. Of course very few people will be able to join this tournament, if we speak about poker players. I wouldn't be surprised if some poker pro will take stakings for this event from rich guys that want to won even more, i mean a pro like Daniel Negreanu or other pro that 1 million Dollar Dollar would be too much to pay for just one tournament, something similar to what we saw on the latest james bond movie, i mean casiono royale Smile
As for poker players i think only those that won over 15 million dollars in their career will be able to afford this buy in, i mean Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, and Gus Hansen for example.
Also some wealthy buisnessman will be interested to join due to the media attention they'll get
Smile
 sirthomas09/06/2011 14:17:47 GMT
Posted by Macubaas:
Pretty old news actually since statement was made about a week ago. Still i think the buy in is more for getting a lot attention about the event. Of course very few people will be able to join this tournament, if we speak about poker players. I wouldn't be surprised if some poker pro will take stakings for this event from rich guys that want to won even more, i mean a pro like Daniel Negreanu or other pro that 1 million Dollar Dollar would be too much to pay for just one tournament, something similar to what we saw on the latest james bond movie, i mean casiono royale Smile
As for poker players i think only those that won over 15 million dollars in their career will be able to afford this buy in, i mean Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, and Gus Hansen for example.
Also some wealthy buisnessman will be interested to join due to the media attention they'll get
Smile


Daniel Negreanu is one of the biggest winners ever. He can afford it - 100% sure about that Smile. Then you have a lot of the online stars - durrrr, brian hasting, jungleman12 etc - that gamble for hundreds of thousands every week. I'm sure a few will take part. However, I agree with you that the tournament might attract a few businessmen with too much money.

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