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Guy Laliberte was a 25-year-old fire-eating, stilt-walking, harmonica- and accordion-playing street performer when he founded Cirque du Soleil ("Circus of the Sun") in Quebec in 1984. He built his little show into a multibillion-dollar international company. In 2007, he founded the One Drop™ non-profit organization to bring clean water to those in need. He became well-known to the poker world with his appearances on the High Stakes Poker television show. Then in 2012, One Drop teamed up with the World Series of Poker for the $1,000,000 buyin Big One for One Drop.

Although the charity event was intended to be part of the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas in every even year, the 2016 event was held outside of the WSOP.1

Lower buyin versions of the event also run, with the $111,111 buyin High Roller for One Drop in odd years and the $1,111 Little One for One Drop every year.

The event's buyin, the highest in WSOP history by far, is so high that most of the pros who play have backers.2

But the event supports a very good cause; $111,111 of each entry goes to the One Drop foundation. Over $16 million has been raised already from just the four Big One events:

Big One for One Drop Money Raised

YearAmount
2012$5,333,328
2014$4,666,662
2016$3,484,440
2018$2,999,997

The winners have also done pretty well for themselves and their backers:

Big One for One Drop Winners

YearWinnerFirst PrizeEntriesCashedRunner-Up
2012Antonio Esfandiari$18,346,673489Sam Trickett
2014Daniel Colman$15,306,668428Daniel Negreanu
2016Elton Tsang$12,248,912286Anatoly Gurtovy
2018Justin Bonomo$10,000,000275Fedor Holz

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