A partnership between the World Poker Tour and One Drop Foundation , the same NGO founded by Guy Laliberté that has been organizing high rollers at the WSOP live festival, has resulted in two new events joining the One Drop, the busiest gaming week of the year is Las Vegas.
These tournaments will take the form of special events included in the calendar of the Wynn Summer Classic . The date chosen was the first week of July, when the WSOP Main Event will be in full swing on the Las Vegas Strip.
The classic One Drop tournament, which has a $1,000,000 buy-in, has not been on the vacation schedule since 2018 and has not failed to host tournaments of at least $111.111 at every summer event at the WSOP since 2012 Entry to Little One for One Drop costs $1,111 for all but the cheapest version.
The total absence of an NGO sponsorship, not even a Little One for One Drop sponsorship, went unnoticed at the official announcement of the 2023 WSOP schedule in early February. A week later, the One Drop Foundation and the World Poker Tour formalized their partnership, but details of the deal have yet to be finalized.
The legacy of the old One Drop events will be lost, but the WPT will use creativity and wardrobe to give them a new personality.
WPT EveryOne for One Drop
The most groundbreaking edition of this Canadian foundation’s new-age event will be the WPT EveryOne for One Drop, which has a $10,500 buy-in, the commissions from which will go to NGO charity projects, while the rest. A guaranteed starting purse $10,000,000 will be donated.
The first of the three Day 1 events will take place on July 9, when the WSOP Main Event enters Day 3 and most of the field has already filtered out. The winner will be announced on the 14th of the same month.
WPT Alpha 8 for One Drop
For the second event, which will start on the same day as the previous FT event, the World Poker Tour is attempting to establish the first hallmark of a high roller-only tour.
Alpha 8, the progenitor of the Legends Series or other circuits like the PokerGO Circuit, ran nine tournaments with a $100 000 buy-in over three seasons from its debut in August 2013 until its demise in 2016.
The denomination was revived to pay for a $111,111,111 buy-in tournament, a direct successor to the high-stakes One Drop offseason Million Dollar Championship event in Rio de Janeiro.
The Wynn Summer Festival lineup already has $3,500 in ME and $4 million in guarantees, as well as a $1,600 mystery bounty and $2 million guaranteed to play in the days leading up to the One Drop event.