Alpha8 Returns as WPT Partners With One Drop Foundation For 2023 Wynn Summer Classic

Wynn Summer Classic WPT One Drop

Having previously announced a partnership with the One Drop Foundation, the World Poker Tour (WPT) has unveiled two charity tournaments set to take place at this year's Wynn Summer Classic.

See the 2023 Wynn Summer Classic schedule here!

Last year, ex-pro-gamer Jinho Hong took down the Wynn Summer Classic Championship, and many will be looking to follow in his footsteps.

Today's announcement is no surprise, with the WPT having a long history of partnering with non-profit organizations, including the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Tiger Woods Foundation

However, today's announcement adds extra excitement to the Wynn festival, with WPT CEO Adam Pliska praising the speed it took to add the events to the festival's schedule.

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"We are proud to once again pair up with Wynn Las Vegas as the host venue for our maiden WPT EveryOne for One Drop event, and the return of Alpha8, during the Wynn Summer Classic," said Pliska. "It is remarkable how quickly these events came together, but not surprising given One Drop’s worthy charitable cause of ensuring sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene to communities around the world."

"We are excited to put on our first-ever One Drop Foundation events in partnership with WPT and the WPT Foundation," said One Drop Foundation Chief Marketing and Events Officer Alexandre Meunier. "It is a pleasure to be hosted at the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas. We thank them for their hospitality and support in advancing our global mission."

World Poker Tour, One Drop Foundation Partner for Charity Poker Initiatives

The One Drop Foundation

The One Drop Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Guy Laliberté, the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil. The organization is dedicated to providing sustainable access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene education for communities around the world.

One Drop aims to address the global water crisis, which affects over 840 million people worldwide who do not have access to safe drinking water. The organization works with local communities to implement water access solutions, such as digging wells and constructing water systems, as well as providing education and training on water management and sanitation practices.

Did You Know? The WSOP Big One for One Drop raised almost $16,000,000 between 2012 and 2018

WPT EveryOne for One Drop

The first charity event announced is the WPT EveryOne for One Drop which comes with a buy-in of $10,500 and a guarantee of $10 million.

There will be three Day 1s, starting on July 9, 2023, and will conclude with a live-streamed final table on July 14.

WPT EveryOne for One Drop Schedule

Sunday, July 9WPT EveryOne for One Drop Day 1a$10,500$10,000,000
Monday, July 10WPT EveryOne for One DropDay 1b$10,500$10,000,000
Tuesday, July 11WPT EveryOne for One DropDay 1c$10,500$10,000,000
Wednesday, July 12WPT EveryOne for One DropDay 2-$10,000,000
Thursday, July 13WPT EveryOne for One DropDay 3-$10,000,000
Friday, July 14WPT EveryOne for One DropFinal Table*-$10,000,000

*denotes live-streamed coverage

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WPT Alpha8 for One Drop

The second charity event announced is the return of a WPT classic with the WPT Alpha8 for One Drop. This three-day $111,000 High Roller tournament is the first Alpha8 tournament to take place since December 2015. It starts on July 14, with live-streamed coverage on both Day 2 and for the final table on July 16.

WPT Alpha8 for One Drop Schedule

Friday, July 14WPT Alpha8 for One Drop Day 1$111,000
Saturday, July 15WPT Alpha8 for One Drop Day 2*-
Sunday, July 16WPT Alpha8 for One Drop Final Table*-

*denotes live-streamed coverage

Alpha8 History

The World Poker Tour first announced Alpha8 in July 2013, unveiling a global series of super high-roller poker tournaments that were to be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.

The first season saw four events, two of which were won sensationally won by Philipp Gruissem (pictured), who picked up titles in London and St. Kitts for over $2.4 million in combined winnings.

Philipp Gruissem WPT Alpha8

The first two seasons of Alpha8 were chockful of early-2010 high-roller tournament crushers, such as Dan Colman, Jason Mercier and Noah Schwartz, who won the last event of Season II in January 2015.

The final Alpha8 event, until now, came in December 2015 with a stop at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic. The last Alpha8 champion crowned? Fedor Holz, in what was the first seven-figure score of his career and perhaps precipitating his 2016 "Sun Run"

Fedor Holz Wins WPT Alpha8 Las Vegas for $1,589,219; Daniel Negreanu Takes Third

Former WPT Alpha8 Champions

With a new Alpha8 tournament announced, who will add themselves to the list of winners on the World Poker Tour's most high-stakes tournament series?

IAlpha8 FloridaAug-13$100,00021Steven Silverman$891,660
IAlpha8 LondonOct-13£100,00020Philipp Gruissem$1,379,840
IAlpha8 St. KittsNov-13$100,00028Philipp Gruissem$1,086,400
IAlpha8 JohannesburgFeb-14$100,00010Dan Cates$500,000
IIAlpha8 LondonOct-14£60,00023Dan Colman$957,390
IIAlpha8 St. KittsDec-14$100,00015Jason Mercier$727,500
IIAlpha8 Las VegasDec-14$100,00055Andrew Lichtenberger$2,104,245
IIAlpha8 FloridaJan-15$100,0006Noah Schwartz$585,000
IIIAlpha8 Las VegasDec-15$100,00045Fedor Holz$1,589,219

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  • The $10,500 buy-in EveryOne for One Drop and $111,111 Alpha8 for One Drop form part of this year's Wynn Summer Classic festival

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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