As we mentioned in our previous Phil Ivey boycotting the WSOP post, there was a big announcement yesterday from the World Series of Poker – and boy – was it a doozy.
Yesterday, it was announced that for the first year ever, that the WSOP would be hosting a $1 million buy-in WSOP poker tournament to benefit One Drop, a charity started by the founder of Cirque Du Soleil, that helps provide clean water worldwide.
The event, called the “BIG ONE for ONE DROP” poker tournament is officially the largest buy-in poker has ever seen, and will takes place July 1-3, 2012, at the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
For this to become a WSOP event, at least 22 high rolling poker players need to register, with the winner awarded the first-ever platinum WSOP bracelet. One Drop will receive 11.11% of each buy-in.
And it looks like some pros have already signed up to play. Poker legend Doyle Brunson, as well as Gus Hansen, Andy Beal, Patrik Antonius, and Tony Guoga will be playing, as well as Cirque du Soleil and ONE DROP founder Guy Laliberte, CEO of MGM Bobby Baldwin, as well as Treasure Island owner, Phil Ruffin.
“We are proud to align the planet’s premiere poker event with the foundation created by one of our generation’s most creative entrepreneurs, Guy Laliberte, to help make the world a healthier place,” said Caesar Entertainment Corporation’s chairman, Gary Loveman.