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Big One For ONE DROP Becomes WSOP Bracelet Event
It'll be a few weeks before the 2012 World Series of Poker schedule is announced, but the Big One For ONE DROP, a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament is already being planned as part of the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. It's scheduled to take place between July 1-3, 2012 and has already hit its minimum requirement for the number of players to move it into WSOP bracelet territory.
What is ONE DROP? It's a global initiative from Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil that is truing to fight poverty around the world by helping people get access to water while educating the masses about why clean water is so important. While it's likely that everyone reading this takes access to clean water for granted, in many parts of the world, it's difficult, if not impossible to find potable water.
Each player will contribute the largest entry fee ever for a poker tournament -- $1,000,000 – for a chance to win what likely will be the largest first place prize ever awarded in a poker tournament. From each entry fee, $111,111 will be donated to ONE DROP with a goal of raising enough money for a legacy project that will see a needy country receiving access to clean water.
In a press release, Jonatham Duhamel said: "I am absolutely thrilled to participate in the biggest poker event ever organized. One million dollars is a lot of money but my participation comes naturally, being a spokesperson for ONE DROP and because of my attachment to such a great cause. Life starts with water and because of its uneven distribution, a person dies every 20 seconds. The Big One for One Drop will raise $111,111 per participant, which will definitely prove the poker community attachment to ONE DROP. As for me, I personally commit to give 5% of my winnings from this tournament to ONE DROP."
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