When the first Big One for One Drop tournament appeared at the World Series in Poker, it was heralded as the most expensive buy-in ever for a poker tournament. The cost was $1 million per player – an astronomical sum that still ended up bringing 48 people to the tables to try to enter the record books as the largest single tournament winner of all time.
Last year, the One Drop WSOP events were scaled back, but 2014 will see the return of the $1 million tournament and it promises to be bigger than ever.
With three months still left to go before the 2014 WSOP gets under way, the seats are already heading towards a sold out status. To top the incredible results of the 2012 event, organisers have raised the cap on the number of players – now being set at 56. With this extra table of 8 players added, it would mean that the first place price would be an unprecedented $20 million if all the seats are sold. So far, it looks like that might just happen as 23 have already been paid for.
Daniel Negreanu announced his decision to play in the following tweet, but noted that he had not yet paid for his entry:
23 confirmed so for for Big One for Drop $1 million buy in. I plan on playing, but haven’t secured the funds for it yet. I’ll get in.
— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) March 20, 2014
As in previous years, the Big One for One Drop will have a charitable aspect, with $111,111 of every entry fee being given directly to ONE DROP charitable organization. (www.ONEDROP.org). In 2012, this amounted to some $5.3 million being donated to the cause of providing clean drinking water to everyone around the world.
In addition, at least one in-the-money finisher decided to add even more money into the charitable pot. David Einhorn, who is already confirmed for this year’s event, may have earned him more than $4.3 million, but he gave it all to City Year, a non-profit concerned with education.
It will be interesting this year to see how much can be generated for charity and who will walk away with the biggest single poker tournament win of all time.
The first event’s winner, Antonio Esfandiari, will return this year as well and he told wsop.com he is happy to do so. “I can’t wait to defend my title. The event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the ONE DROP organization to see first hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help.”
Event co-founder, ONE DROP Founder, and inaugural participant, Guy Laliberté said: “The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June. The support from the poker community continues to be just incredible.”
Current List of 2014 Big One for One Drop Entrants (23/56)
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