Poker can be a self-centered pursuit but that didn’t keep players at the 2014 WSOP from donating over $5 million to charity.
Of course the biggest benefit for charity was the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, which saw each participant donate $100,000 to water-based charity One Drop. That event alone raised $4.6 million.
“This year’s results are once again outstanding,” said Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil™ and ONE DROP.
“We can really say that everyone has come out a winner, not just the players but all the communities who will benefit from the generous amount raised.”
Little One Drop Contributed Half a Million to Charity
It wasn’t just the high rollers who contributed to the cause. The Little One for One Drop, which had a $1,111 buy-in with $111 set aside for charity, succeeded in raising $499,056 for One Drop.
Add in an extra $107,329 in straight-up donations and the WSOP generated $5.2 million for charity this year. That number doesn’t include any donations that may be given by Main Event final table contestants in November.
“We are very proud of the poker community who has opened their hearts and wallets so generously in order to make a difference,” said Caesars Interactive Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Mitch Garber.
“Poker is a game played globally, and ONE DROP is a tremendous organization working tirelessly to sustainably improve people’s lives. We are very appreciative and thankful for everyone who continues to contribute to the incredible success of this initiative.”
Here’s the complete breakdown of they money raised in the 2014 WSOP:
- Big One for ONE DROP entry fees: $4,666,662 ($111,111 from each of the 42 buy-ins)
- Little One for ONE DROP entry fees: $499,056 ($111 from each of the 4,496 buy-ins)
- All in for ONE DROP Campaign contributions: $107,329 (Various in-kind donations made up primarily from those cashing in events contributing up to one percent of their winnings.)