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Playing Charity Events

by Bernard Lee |  Published: Sep 19, 2012

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During the 2012 World Series of Poker (WSOP), the poker world witnessed an unprecedented charity event with the largest buy-in in poker history: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop. Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, organized the tournament to benefit One Drop, whose worthwhile mission is “Water for all, all for water.” Incredibly, 48 players, comprised of top poker pros and affluent businessmen, bought into and sold out the bracelet event. With 11.11 percent of the buy-in donated to One Drop, the charity raised over $5.3 million, while also creating the largest first prize in the history of poker: $18,346,673! (By the way, congratulations to Antonio Esfandiari for winning this unparalleled event and taking home his second WSOP bracelet.) However, most charity events do not assemble such an incredible field. Of course, there are often some solid poker players, but many participants just buy-in to support the cause and ...


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