The World Series of Poker is not only the longest-running and most prestigious poker series in Las Vegas it is also the most innovative. Last year players and fans watched the introduction of “THE BIG ONE” on ESPN. This charity event benefitting One Drop became the biggest buy-in tournament in history and had the biggest payout in poker history.
Forty eight players who took seats paid $1 million dollars to buy-in to the tournament. The first place prize, won by Antonio Esfandiari was $18,346,673, was the largest 1st place prize in poker history. Over $5.5 million went to OneDrop.org to help raise awareness to the global water crisis.
This year, the WSOP and One Drop team-up again, adding The “Little One” for One Drop to the schedule. Event #58 will feature a buy-in of $1,111 with $111 of each buy-in going to the charity. There is a twist in this two-flight tournament that will generate lots of early action. Players can re-buy unlimited through Level 4 of either flight.
Flight 58a starts on Wednesday, July 3rd at noon. Flight 58b starts at noon on Thursday, July 4th. Players must be busted-out to re-buy, so early in these flights the action should be heavy. The last few hands of Level 4 on both flight days should be something every poker player will want to witness.
With as many chips that will come into play on the tables, and as much money that will be in the prize fund, this tournament will undoubtedly draw some big name players. If your game is action and you have a charitable streak, get to Las Vegas early in July and see if your game holds water.
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