Two charity events at the 2013 World Series of Poker generated more than $1.3 million for the ONE DROP Foundation, WSOP organizers announced on Tuesday.
The WSOP hosted two branded ONE DROP tournaments this year, the $111,111 ONE DROP High Roller tournament (Event #47) and the Little One for ONE DROP tournament (Event #58). A record 166 players entered the High Roller event, with $553,278 of the pool going to the ONE DROP Foundation. In Event #58, 4,756 players contributed $111 of their $1,111 buy-in to the foundation bringing the total amount donated to $1,081,194.
An additional $246,012 was generated from the “All in for ONE DROP” campaign, where players contributed a percentage of their winnings to ONE DROP.
"We continue to be extremely proud of the poker community's generosity and enthusiasm," said Mitch Garber, Caesars Interactive Entertainment’s chief executive officer. "The marriage of prestigious events and philanthropy has generated nearly seven million dollars in WSOP donations to ONE DROP in less than two years — a remarkable achievement."
“Again, we have created history!” added Cirque du Soleil founder and ONE DROP chairman Guy Laliberté. “I am thankful to WSOP for their dedication and to the poker community for their generosity. The real winners are the people for which ONE DROP will provide access to safe water. These families can break the cycle of poverty and have hope for a better future. Together we have shown the world once again how giving the poker community is and that the ripple effect continues on.”
In just two years of partnership between the WSOP and ONE DROP, nearly $7 million has been raised from the poker community. That number is expected to climb again in 2014 when the $1 million buy-in Big One for ONE DROP returns to the WSOP in Las Vegas.