World Poker Tour and the One Drop Foundation are teaming up to further support One Drop Foundation’s mission of ensuring sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene to communities facing extreme barriers all around the world.
One Drop Foundation has been connected to poker for decades via its founder Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil and regular at the high stakes poker tables. Since 2021, the WPT and One Drop have raised a combined total of more than $70 million for their good causes.
While WPT foundation has helped raise more than $45 million for over three-dozen global charities, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Conservation International, Education Reform Now, K9s for Warriors, NASCAR Foundation, TGR Foundation, Special Olympics, and World Central Kitchen, One Drop Foundation has raised more than $25 million through poker events.
The Big One for One Drop poker tournament was added to 2012 World Series of Poker schedule, and it became the highest buy-in poker tournament in history. First-ever event saw 48 entries and Antonio Esfandiari taking the title defeating Sam Trickett in heads-up for an enormous first-place money prize of $18,346,673.
Several more tournaments have been held over the years with 3.5% of the prize pool going to the One Drop Foundation an buy-in ranging from $1,111 up to €111,111.
"WPT has always committed to giving back to those in need both locally and globally," said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. "Through the World Poker Tour Foundation, we have utilized our position in the poker community to raise millions of dollars in funding for non-profit organizations, and we are eager to continue this charitable thread by teaming up with the incredible One Drop Foundation."
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