If you’re a big fan of the poker world and the World Series of Poker, you’ve probably heard of the charitable poker tournament – The Big One for One Drop. If not, WSOP have teamed up with One Drop, the clean water charity, to raise funds and generate awareness of the lack of sanitary drinking water across the world via the medium of poker!
It’s hard to fathom that 2.1 billion people still haven’t got safe drinking water in their homes. This means that across the world, women and girls are spending 200 million hours collecting water every day. When people don’t have access to clean water, disease and death are inevitable – every 90 seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease. One Drop has been created by the Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil. Through innovative events, and Social Art, the foundation wants to increase safe water access and bring about behavioural change.
On July 15th 2018, the Big One for One Drop event will return to Las Vegas. The 48-player tournament has a $1million buy-in and is the most significant charity initiative in poker history. This will be the fourth time the event has taken place, and once again the WSOP will be waiving their rake fee and giving 100 percent of all proceeds to funding One Drop’s sustainable safe water projects across the world. Their contribution is likely to be in excess of $5milllion.
The tournament is set to be an exciting one. Not only is it taking place in the midst of the World Series of Poker, the longest running and most prestigious poker event in the world, but the winner is also estimated to take home winnings of more than $18million. It’s not all about first place, the prize pool will be close to $42million, ensuring many players leave with a smile on their face!
If you fancy entering the tournament, make sure your secure your seat by paying your $50,000 deposit by July 1 2018.