There was a big announcement during Tuesday night’s Worlds Series of Poker Main Event final table coverage, as the WSOP and Guy Laliberte announced that there would be an encore for the wildly successful Big One for One Drop tournament held this year, but the 1,000,000 buy-in tournament would not be returning to the WSOP schedule until 2014.
Next year’s WSOP will have a One Drop tournament though, a $1,111 buy-in Rebuy event dubbed “The Little One for One Drop”. This will be the first rebuy event held at the WSOP since 2008, and is expected to draw an impressive amount of entries over the two starting days –with rebuys available throughout the entire opening day flight.
This year’s One Drop event saw 48 players put-up the $1,000,000 buy-in, with Antonio Esfandiari walking away with the record-setting first-place prize of $18 million –runner-up Sam Trickett took home over $10 million for his second-place showing. According to the announcement on ESPN Monday night, Laliberte expects the 2014 running of the Big One for One Drop event to create an even larger prize-pool.
Caesar’s Interactive CEO Mitch Garber told the media:
“It was an honor to be a part of such a special event that raised a total of $10 million for charity, including $5.3 million for One Drop and shone a positive light on the poker community. By working with the showman, Guy Laliberté, we have learned there was only one choice. An encore. We look forward to collaborating with Guy and One Drop to continue to find fun and exciting ways to make a positive and lasting contribution through the vehicle that is the great game of poker.”
Cirque de Soleil founder and the Big One for One Drop organizer Guy Laliberte was also excited about the return of the tournament to the WSOP schedule, as well as the announcement of the Little One for One Drop event, telling the media:
“It’s amazing what you can achieve when you dream. We took the concept of a $1 million poker tournament and turned it into the most successful poker initiative ever held. As a result, over 100,000 people will be positively impacted. Projects in Honduras, El Salvador, and West Africa have already put to use the money we raised in the initial event.
“With the ‘Little One’ and the ‘Big One’ on the horizon, we can continue to greatly impact the lives of those in need, while at the same time raising awareness of the impact water has on our planet.”
It will be interesting to see what tweaks are made to the Big One tournament for 2014. Even though the 2012 version was a rousing success by all accounts, the monumental undertaking taken on by the WSOP and Guy Laliberte wasn’t flawless or without criticism –with complaints about the payout structure as well as the hard cap of 48 players.
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