The 2012 World Series of Poker will feature one event that’s not for the faint hearted, an incredible $1 million buy in tournament.
The event has already received 22 confirmations making it the definition of high stakes poker.
$111,111 of each players entry fee will go to charity organisation One Drop which is run by tournament organiser Guy Lailberte.
He’s the same man who runs Cirque du Soleil and is a well known poker player in his own right.
The charity aims to make clean drinking water available to countries across the globe.
The tournament will run from July 1-3 next year and the following list of names are already on board:
Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Patrik Antonius, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Tony Guoga, Bobby Baldwin, Phil Ruffin, Andy Beal, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Daniel Shak.
If you fancy winning your way in some satellite seats will also be up for grabs.
Taking into consideration the charity payments already $20 million is on offer with that set to rise, especially after being given WSOP accreditation including a bracelet.
2010 WSOP Main Event winner Jonathan Duhamel says it’s not just about cash and titles, but also about giving something back.
“I am absolutely thrilled to participate in the biggest poker event ever organized. One million dollars is a lot of money but my participation comes naturally, being a spokesperson for One Drop and because of my attachment to such a great cause,” he said.
“Life starts with water and because of its uneven distribution, a person dies every 20 seconds. ‘The Big One for One Drop’ will raise $111,111 per participant, which will definitely prove the poker community attachment to One Drop. As for me, I personally commit to give 5% of my winnings from this tournament to One Drop.”
Amazingly it’ll only cost you a mere $50,000 to register your place, although you’ll need to cough up the rest of the cash 14 days before the first hand.
It is also an ‘open’ tournament, that meaning as long as your 21 or over you’re free to play, however the rather large entry fee may put a slight downer on just how open it is.
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