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One Drop Charity Rakes in $1.3 million at WSOP

After the unbelievably successful debut of the Big One for One Drop $1,000,000 buy-in tournament at the 2012 World Series of Poker, the WSOP and One Drop teamed-up once again in 2013, this time with two tournaments (a $1,111 rebuy event called the Little One for One Drop, and a $111,111 One Drop High-Roller). The WSOP and One Drop also asked players to pledge percentages of their winnings to the charity, which many did.

When all was said the WSOP and poker community’s efforts raised an astounding $1.3 million for the charity according to a press release at casinocitytimes.com. $1.08 million came from the two tournaments that were held as $111 from every entry in the Little One for One Drop was donated to the charity, and the WSOP donated 3% of the prize pool from the High-Roller event (which is the amount usually taken as the casino’s cut for hosting a tournament).

The remainder of the $1.3 million donation came directly from player pledges.

According to the press release, over the past two years, the poker community has raised roughly $7 million for the charity created by Cirque de Soleil founder and poker enthusiast Guy Laliberte. Laliberte was quoted in the press release:

“Again, we have created history!” said 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.”

One Drop is an innovative initiative designed to provide clean drinking water to people around the globe. The charity’s mission statement reads:

ONE DROP—a non-profit organization established in 2007 by Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil—strives to ensure that water is accessible to all, today and forever.

ONE DROP is a charitable organization that develops integrated, innovative projects with an international scope, in which water plays a central role as a creative force in generating positive, sustainable effects for local and foreign populations and in the fight against poverty. More specifically, ONE DROP, in cooperation with partner Oxfam and others, develops access-to-water and sanitation projects in countries where access to this vital resource is lacking. In addition, ONE DROP is involved in raising awareness among individuals and communities on water-related issues to convince them to mobilize for universal access to water and urge them to adopt sound habits for managing this precious resource for future generations. In closing, ONE DROP is also involved in fundraising—a crucial activity if it is to realize its dream of water for all, today and tomorrow. To this end, the partners of ONE DROP have joined forces with the organization for pursuing this objective.

You can learn more about One Drop or donate to the charity at their website: www.onedrop.org

In 2014 the Big One for One Drop will return to the World Series of Poker for the second $1,000,000 buy-in tournament in poker history, and early indications are that the sequel to the Big One for One Drop will be even bigger and better.

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