18 seats remain for the Big One For One Drop next month

Less than a month remains until the WSOP $1-million buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament.  The event will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on July 15, and 30 players have already put their names on the sign-up sheet.  If all available 48 spots are filled, the prize pool will stand at just over $44 million.

This is the third year for the tournament and several high-stakes players will make their debut at the felt.  Rainer Kempe, Bryn Kenney, Jason Koon, Adrian Mateos, Dominik Nitsche, Nick Petrangelo and Steffen Sontheimer are a few of the players making their first appearance in the event. 

The absence of an official list of players leaves questions about whether or not other well-known high rollers, like John Morgan and Erik Seidel, will join the action.  Dan Cates and Brian Past, who have previously been seen at the game, have indicated that they’re still undecided.  Rast explained, “It’s great the tournament was set up to raise money for charity, I can respect and appreciate that.  The first time it was a big success with a ton of non-professional players.  Everyone was really happy with it. 

“The second time ran with fewer amateur players and it didn’t even sell out.  The Europe one was invite only.  Now they’re doing it again and it looks like the tournament isn’t getting a great turnout.  Frankly, I don’t think it’s something people are just still excited for from a poker perspective.  It’s a big ask.  I hope the tournament does well, but I don’t know whether or not I’m going to play from a poker business perspective.”

The Big One for One Drop tournament is organized between the WSOP and the One Drop Foundation (ODF).  ODF’s mission is to supply safe drinking water to people around the world.  Through the event, 8% of each buy-in goes to the group.  If the tournament attracts all 48 players, the non-profit will receive $920,000.

Regarding the tourney, WSOP Tournament Director Jack Effel stated, “That a charitable poker tournament could have such an impact is simply astonishing.  Since 2012, through 15 tournaments and player donations, over 12,000 individuals have contributed to raising over $20 million for the cause of access to safe water.  This has had an incredible impact on the lives of over 170,000 people in need.  Both from the poker and humanitarian aspects, the whole poker community and us at WSOP are lucky to be a part of this.”

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