World Series of Poker Designates One Drop Foundation As Official Charity
Rio Will Be Equipped With Water Stations For Players To Refill Reusable Water Bottles
In addition to the Big One For One Drop, a $1 million buy-in bracelet event taking place later this summer at the Rio in Las Vegas, Caesars Entertainment has also announced that the One Drop Foundation has been designated as the official charity of the World Series of Poker.
The WSOP and One Drop will work hand and hand to help educate, generate funds and raise awareness of clean water scarcity issues around the world. Caesars Entertainment has also pledged $2 million in seats for their big tournament, which will provide $111,111 in donations for each buy-in to the cause. The Rio will also be installing water stations throughout the tournament area to encourage players to refill reusable bottles.
“One Drop is doing important and impactful work and we intend to do what we can to help their efforts,” said Caesars Entertainment CEO Mitch Garber in a press release. “The water crisis is a worldwide issue and with the WSOP’s global reach, we believe this is a great fit for our company.”
The One Drop Foundation, founded by Cirque du Soleil creator Guy Laliberte, will also kick off the All In For One Drop campaign, which allows all players to make a 1 percent tax deductible donation of their winnings to the foundation.
Laliberte believes that the poker community and specifically, the WSOP, is the perfect environment for his cause. “The poker community is world wide and has always been incredibly charitable,” he told Card Player. “Sometimes the players get a bad rap and are seen as selfish, but for the most part, it’s the complete opposite that is true. I think this is a great opportunity for poker players to show the world what they are capable of.”
You can read more about Laliberte and his charity in an upcoming issue of Card Player magazine.
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