$1,000,000 Buy-in One Drop Back for Next Year's WSOP

It has been announced that the $1m entry Big One for One Drop charity tournament, which has been absent from the WSOP schedule since 2014, will return to Las Vegas next year.

The event, which carries the biggest poker tournament buy-in in North American history, was last won by Dan Colman in 2014 after he defeated Daniel "KidPoker" Negreanu heads-up for a $15.3m payday. The only other previous $1m WSOP One Drop tournament took place in 2012 and was won by Antonio Esfandiari who took home a record $18,346,673.

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Above: Antonio Esfandiari celebrating his $18.3m win with his Dad at the inaugural $1m Big One for One Drop in 2012

The biggest ever buy-in One Drop event, however, took place last year in Monte Carlo. The tourney cost a cool €1m ($1.16m) to enter, and was only open to 'recreational' players. However, that didn't quite turn out to be the case as several of the 26 players who bought it may have had professions outside of poker but had, at one time or another, been pro players (think Matchbook CEO and former high stakes grinder Andrew 'ClockWyze' Pantling, or former WSOPE Main Event champ James Bord). The 2016 event was eventually won by Elton Tsang for €11,111,111.

The announcement was made on Saturday shortly before the WSOPE's own One Drop tourney (a snip of a buy-in at a mere €111,111) recommenced by WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. Once again entries will be capped at 48, but this time (as with the previous Las Vegas based $1m events) pros will be eligible to enter.

Over the 5 years since the WSOP first teamed up with Guy Laliberte's One Drop Foundation, which is committed to providing sustainable safe water access to communities in need worldwide, the rake on all One Drop tourneys (including the Big One's, High Rollers, and the 'Little One for One Drop') has contributed an astonishing $14m to the charity.

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