Poker 1 Million Dollar Buy In

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The £1Million Buy-in in Triton's London stop in 2019 makes it the biggest buy-in tournament in poker history and lends a helping hand for charity. The buy-in for the BIG ONE for ONE DROP at $1 million, remains the largest ever for a poker event. There will be no rake or house fees to operate the event, and $111,111 of each buy-in will be taken out as a charitable donation to ONE DROP. Thus, $888,889 goes directly into the prize pool.

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Minutes before the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold'em event resumed at the World Series of Poker Europe on Saturday, WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart made a big announcement regarding the 2018 series in Las Vegas next summer.

'The WSOP's partnership with the One Drop foundation started with the Big One for One Drop back in 2012,' Stewart said. 'And I'm happy to announce that the Big One for One Drop will return next summer for the 2018 WSOP from July 15-17. I'm looking forward to seeing some of you there.'

The seven-figure buy-in event will return to Las Vegas after a four-year hiatus for its fourth-ever edition. The event will be capped at 48 players and once again, the WSOP will waive their fee so the entire $111,111 entry fee for each participant goes directly to the One Drop Foundation.

A Fruitful Partnership

The One Drop foundation is committed to providing sustainable safe water access to communities in need worldwide. The WSOP and One Drop began a partnership in 2012 which has raised over $20 million for the charity, started by Cirque du Soleil's founder Guy Laliberté. The Big One for One Drop has accounted for nearly $14 million of that contribution, and the event in Las Vegas in 2018 will further add to that figure.

Through the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, the Little One for One Drop and the High Roller for One Drop, 11,000 unique players who have participated thereby contributing to the amazing amount that the partnership has raised for One Drop. Laliberté commented in the WSOP press release about the importance of the Big One and the partnership with the WSOP for One Drop.

“The Big One is an important landmark in the history of poker. Players that I meet here and there remind me on a constant basis that this history lives on and that they want to be a part of it. The thrill to compete for the chance of walking away with millions all the while contributing to an important cause - providing safe water access globally – has given strong roots to the event.

'I am currently working on a new major fundraising initiative that is tapping into another very important passion of mine and that will be announced soon. This leaves me with less time for poker, but I’m confident that after three editions, the Big One is mature enough to live without a big involvement on my part.'

During the announcement at the WSOPE, Stewart commented, 'I remember in 2012 people said that a $1 million buy-in tournament was crazy. They also then said that you couldn't have 11% juice on a mid-stakes tournament; that's crazy! Or have a $10 million guaranteed One Drop in Rozvadov!

'However, what is truly crazy is that to date we have raised more than $20 million because of the generosity of you all, which makes us one of the biggest charitable partnerships in the world.

'For anyone who says that poker players aren't charitable it's just truly amazing. That motivates us that there should be no end in sight.'

The first three versions of the Big One for One Drop took place in 2012, 2014 and 2016, with the first two at the Rio in Las Vegas and the most recent one in Monaco. It has attracted 86 unique players, with 22 players who have played in two or more. Here is a look at the three winners to date.

YearCasinoCityEntriesWinner1st-Place Prize
2012Rio All-Suite Hotel & CasinoLas Vegas48Antonio Esfandiari$18,346,673
2014Rio All-Suite Hotel & CasinoLas Vegas42Daniel Colman$15,306,668
2016Casino de Monte CarloMonaco28Elton Tsang€11,111,111

Who Will Participate?

Stewart introduced at the WSOPE High Roller for One Drop the first entry into the 2018 Big One for One Drop: King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik.

Tsoukernik responded, 'I know you all want to participate in this beautiful event, and I'm waiting for you all in Vegas. Thank you!'

In the WSOP press release, Tsoukernik elaborated on his support for One Drop.

“I had the opportunity to work closely with One Drop around the World Series of Poker Europe this year and to get acquainted with Guy, and this made me understand the unparalleled importance of the cause of water.

'I am a father of two and it really struck me when I heard that every 90 seconds a child dies from a water-borne disease. We all need to do something about it. Me, I have decided to do what I am best at: bringing people together to play poker. I am not only the first player to put his name on the list. I have also promised Guy that I will pick-up the phone to make sure the enthusiasm for the Big One translates once again into a great success for the charity.”

The remaining 47 competitors remain to be determined and players can reserve their seat for the Big One for One Drop event at the 2018 World Series of Poker July 15-17 on a first-come first-serve basis with a non-refundable $50,000 deposit by July 1. Interested players should contact Alexandre Meunier at One Drop ([email protected]) or Gregory Chochon at WSOP ([email protected]).

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A Helping Hand for Charity

From August 1 - 3, 2019


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  • The seat draw will take place on the evening prior to Day 1 of the tournament.
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  • Players will not be allowed to cover any part of their body from the neck up. This includes, but is not limited to, wearing scarves, funnel neck sweatshirts, turtle neck jumpers, hats/caps. The only exception will be made for sunglasses and hats that do not cover/hide any part of the face at any time due to stage lighting. Hoodies are not recommended to follow the rules above. A formal suit will be required to be worn at the Final Table (9 players remaining).


A committee will gather and decide if a player falls into the category of
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Guest Player/ Professional Poker Player ( GUESTS )

  • Only Invitation Holders will be allowed to deposit £50,000 and secure their seat. After the committee accepts the registration of an Invitation Holder, he/she can then appoint one Guest that will be able to deposit a further £50,000 to secure his/her seat.
  • After depositing the initial £50,000 a player (Invitation Holder or Guest) must complete his/her registration payment to reach the total buy-in amount of £1,050,000 prior to the start of the Festival.
  • A potential Guest can express his/her interest in playing the tournament and his/her name will be added to a waiting list that will be shared with the Businessmen who have already registered.
  • After a player’s seat is confirmed, the player must give full consent for the committee to share his/her name on the list of confirmed attendees for the event.
  • The £50,000 deposit is non-refundable and will be donated to Charity in case of a no-show.



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Professional Player

Paul Phua

Tom Dwan

Richard Yong

Daniel Cates

Stanley Choi

David Peters

Wai Kin Yong

Rui Cao

Bobby Baldwin

Jason Koon

Cary Katz

Bryn Kenney

Liang Yu

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Leon Tsoukernik

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