The game of poker might concentrate on making money for individuals at the expense of others around the table but the game as a whole has become far more aware of the need to give something back.
The World Series of Poker has always had a keen interest in doing just this but it was only since it linked up with the ONE DROP Foundation back in 2012 where real differences started to occur. This non-profit organisation which aims to give as many people around the world access to clean and pure drinking water as possible, has worked alongside the WSOP to provide poker tournaments that do more than just make individuals rich.
This year saw the second running of the now famous ‘Big One For One Drop’ event that has a $1 million buy-in, with $111,111 of each going directly to the ONE DROP foundation. That event on its own created $4,666,662 going to help others while its little brother the ‘Little One For One Drop’ added another $499,056 from the many $4,496 buy-ins.
Here are the figures:
This amounts to $5,273,047 going directly to the ONE DROP Foundation and to those around the world that need access to clean drinking water.
Caesars Chief Executive Officer Mitch Garber showed his delight at such figures when in a statement he said:
“We are very proud of the poker community who has opened their hearts and wallets so generously in order to make a difference, poker is a game played globally, and ONE DROP is a tremendous organization working tirelessly to sustainably improve people’s lives. We are very appreciative and thankful for everyone who continues to contribute to the incredible success of this initiative.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Guy Laliberte, the founder of the ONE DROP Foundation when he said:
“This year’s results are once again outstanding, we can really say that everyone has come out a winner, not just the players but all the communities who will benefit from the generous amount raised.”
There is an awful lot of money in the poker industry, so it is great that a small portion of that is being used to help those less fortunate. Long may the WSOP and One Drop collaboration continue!