The Big One for One Drop event is one of the hottest topics in the poker world right now, mainly because of the massive prize pool and the incredibly well-known poker players that this tournament is going to include when all is said and done. The buy-in for it will be the largest of all-time, at $1 million. There were questions of whether the tournament was going to hit the 22 player mark which would make it an official World Series of Poker bracelet event, but it has surpassed that number. Even more impressive is the fact that it has hit 30 total players, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
The event is capped at 48 players, and it’s looking more and more like it is going to hit that number every day. If the tournament was to start TODAY, first place would take down an incredible first place pay day of $12.3 million, and even more incredibly is the fact that if the field hits 48 players then first place will get $18.3 million. Either of these pay days would be the largest to go to a winner in the history of poker tournaments, surpassing the total that Jamie Gold took down back in 2006 for the WSOP Main Event.
The idea behind this tournament is that it won’t only give a great pay day to the eventual winner, but also helps a great cause in OneDrop. OneDrop is a charity that is helping to bring clean water all around the world. One ninth of each buy-in (right at $111,111) will go to the charity, and many are anticipating that multiple players who cash the event will be donating more most likely.
The winner of the event will also get a Platinum WSOP bracelet as well which is just another of the perks for taking it down. The event kicks off on July 1st and while some of the names have been released, not all of them have leaked. A few of the players who we will be seeing include players like Guy Laliberte (who is actually the creator of the event and founder of Cirque de Soleil), Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, Johnny Chan, Tom Dwan, Andy Beal, Jonathan Duhamel, Tony Guoga, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Erik Seidel, Dan Shak, and many others.