Big One for One Drop, the biggest buy-in tournament in poker history, took place in Las Vegas during the 2012 WSOP and attracted a field of 48 professional players and amateurs who put up $1 million each. The tournament was won by Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari ($18.3 million) and raised a total of $10 million for charity.
On Monday night, during a live broadcast of the 2012 WSOP Main Event final table, Guy Laliberté, chairman of One Drop, revealed that the tournament will return during the 2014 WSOP and that there will be a Little One for One Drop, a $1,111 buy-in bracelet event with unlimited re-entries, at the 2013 WSOP.
"It's amazing what you can achieve when you dream," said Laliberté. "We took the concept of a $1 million poker tournament and turned it into the most successful poker initiative ever held. As a result, over 100,000 people will be positively impacted. Projects in Honduras, El Salvador, and West Africa have already put to use the money we raised in the initial event.
"With the ‘Little One' and the ‘Big One' on the horizon, we can continue to greatly impact the lives of those in need, while at the same time raising awareness of the impact water has on our planet."