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
The Monte Carlo One Drop Extravaganza ran from October 13 to 17, 2016.
The event's buyin, the highest in WSOP history by far, is so high that most of the pros who play have backers.2
The deposit of $50,000 alone was higher than any WSOP buyin ever except the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. championship, which debuted in 2006.
No other event had a higher buyin in between these, leaving the complete list of record setting buyins as:
- 1971 $1,000 Seven-Card Stud
- 1971 $5,000 Main Event
- 1972 $10,000 Limit Five-Card Stud (the $10,000 Main Event was later in the week and was subsidized anyway)
- 2006 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E.
- 2012 $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop
The winners have also done pretty well for themselves and their backers:
|2012||Antonio Esfandiari||$18,346,673||48||9||Sam Trickett|
|2014||Daniel Colman||$15,306,668||42||8||Daniel Negreanu|
|2016||Elton Tsang||$12,248,912||28||6||Anatoly Gurtovy|
|2018||Justin Bonomo||$10,000,000||27||5||Fedor Holz|
Fourth place in the $25,000 WPT Championship at the Fifth Annual Five Star World Poker Classic on April 21, 2007.