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WSOP 2018: Negreanu, Hellmuth, Ivey among contenders for $1 Million Buy-in WSOP Tournament ‘The Big One for One Drop'

Tags: 2018 WSOP, Big One For One Drop, Daniel Negreanu, high stakes, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, poker charity.
Posted on 21 June 2018 by "T".

On July 15, 2018, "the WSOP and One Drop announce the return of The BIG ONE for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament capped at a maximum of 48 players and the most significant charity initiative in poker history.

For the fourth time, this tournament will harness the ability of poker to bring together people from all over the globe to raise awareness and funds for the cause of water. This innovative event is back at the Rio in Las Vegas during the WSOP 2018. Once again, the WSOP will be waiving their rake fee and that portion of the pot will go to fund One Drop's sustainable safe water access projects in communities in need", according to the website.

First added in 2012, it became the highest buy-in poker tournament in history as well as it has the biggest single payout offered. The charitable proceeds will be donated to the One Drop Foundation, an international non-profit organization created by Guy Laliberte, the founder of Cirque du Soleil. The organization focuses on water initiatives, seeking unconditional access to safe drinking water in crisis areas.

So far, there are 30 players who have confirmed that they will play at this year's WSOP $1 million buy-in tournament, having paid the $50K deposit:

1. Daniel Negreanu
2. Antonio Esfandiari
3. Christoph Vogelsang
4. Bryn Kenney
5. Nick Petrangelo
6. Rainer Kempe
7. Dominik Nitsche
8. Steffen Sontheimer
9. Jason Koon
10. Phil Ivey
11. Adrian Mateos
12. Phil Hellmuth
13. Rick Salomon
14. Talal Shakerchi
15. Leon Tsoukernik

As for the other 15, it seems like they would like to remain anonymous for now.

This year, 8% of the total buy-in goes to the One Drop Foundation (it's smallest since it was launched), thereby creating a record prize pool of $44,160,000, should the 48-player cap be hit.

Previous winners of The Big One for One Drop tournament:
2012 - Antonio Esfandiari defeats 48 entrants to win $18,346,673
2014 - Daniel Colman defeats 42 entrants to win $15,306,668
2016 - Elton Tsang defeats 28 entrants to win $12,248,912



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5 comments on "WSOP 2018: Negreanu, Hellmuth, Ivey among contenders for $1 Million Buy-in WSOP Tournament ‘The Big One for One Drop''"

 bowie198421/06/2018 16:09:15 GMT
Kek, I thought Phil Ivey is still in Macau or Monaco or Curacao os somewhere else where they let him edgesort his way out of tough decisions. interesting that only eight percent of the buy-ins goes to charity yet they advertize it like a charity tournament...
 Mober21/06/2018 20:32:56 GMT
This is the game to watch live.
Where the big money and players are.
Lets hope we will be able to find some live broadcasting, and free time to watch it Smile
Wonder how much the first prize will be thus time.
 doubletop77722/06/2018 07:50:06 GMT
I can never get over the amount of money just to play in a poker tournament. $1,000,000 just to have a game of cards!!! Good luck to all those entering and i await the results
 StheP22/06/2018 15:34:55 GMT
oh bwoy... this will be huge one, and I cannot wait till this event start... I dont know if I am more exited for main event or for this one... bonomo will have a chance if he bink this one tourney to overthrown Daniel Negreano from all time money list in live tournaments and become number 1 Big Smile I would love to see that... also maybe ill buy some action on pokershares from couple of players Big Smile
 Calmplay24/06/2018 09:24:48 GMT
Yeah this one is the big one even better than the main event itself. I will patiently waiting for the online streaming if they will have one for this event...

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