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WSOP Announces Satellite Events for The Big One for One Drop

The Big One for One Drop

On July 1, 2012, the World Series of Poker will host The Big One for One Drop at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The $1-million buy-in event will be the largest poker tournament ever held, with a projected eight-figure first prize. Now, the WSOP is offering players without an astronomical bankroll the opportunity to satellite into the event for as little as $65.

Venues around the country will host live step-satellite poker tournaments that will culminate with a $25,300 buy-in finale that event will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 30, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. That event will guarantee a seat into The Big One for One Drop; in addition, one seat will be created for every 40 entries in the mega satellite.

Step tournaments will be held at the following locations:

CasinoLocationMega Satellite Date
The Bicycle CasinoLos AngelesThursday, April 5 @ 6:00 p.m.
Canterbury ParkMinnesotaSunday, May 13
Harrah’s ChesterPhiladelphiaSaturday, May 19 @ 11:00 a.m.
Harrah’s New OrleansLouisianaSaturday, May 19
Choctaw DurantDallas/OklahomaSunday, May 20
Caesars PalaceLas VegasSunday, May 20
Harrah’s St. LouisSt. LouisSunday, May 20 @ 2:00
Horseshoe HammondChicago AreaSaturday, May 26
Horseshoe Southern IndianaIndianaSunday, May 27
Council BluffsIowa/NebraskaSunday, May 27 @ Noon
The Lodge CasinoColoradoSunday, June 3
Palm Beach Kennel ClubFloridaSaturday, June 9
Horseshoe Bossier CityLouisianaSunday, June 10
Horseshoe TunicaTunica, MississippiSunday, June 10 @ 11:00 a.m.

One Drop Chair and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté introduced the tournament last year at the WSOP with the goal of raising enough money for a project to provide access to clean water for an impoverished country. To do so, $111,111 of the $1 million buy-in will be donated to One Drop, leaving $888,889 for the prize pool.

Whoever manages to qualify will have his or her work cut out because some of the game’s most notable players have committed to the event, including Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Tom Dwan, Tony Guoga, Jonathan Duhamel and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

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