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How the World Poker Tour® and One Drop Foundation Raised $1.3 Million for Clean Water in 2023

In February 2023, the World Poker Tour® (WPT®) and the One Drop Foundation united for a common cause, to orchestrate poker tournaments intended to raise money for One Drop’s mission to provide access to safe water, sanitation, and hygiene to communities in need.

Across four tournaments, spanning two continents, the two organizations successfully rallied together the poker community to create a profound impact on the world beyond the felt, ultimately raising a grand total of just under $1.3 million. 

The pinnacle of the partnership occurred at the Wynn Las Vegas during the WPT World Championship Festival, with the iconic Big One For One Drop making a return after a hiatus since 2018. Flaunting an impressive buy-in of $1,000,000, it earned the title of the biggest buy-in for a tournament in 2023, with 6% of every buy-in contributing to the One Drop Foundation. This resulted in a substantial donation of over $1.1 million from the players. The tournament featured a star-studded lineup with 17 of poker’s biggest names and top earners on the all-time money list. 

The initial two tournaments, WPT Everyone For One Drop and WPT Alpha 8® For One Drop took place at Wynn Las Vegas in July 2023 during the venue’s Summer Classic Series. Everyone For One Drop, featuring a $10,500 buy-in, attracted an astounding 1,676 entries, surpassing the $10 million guarantee for a total prize pool of $16.26 million. Meanwhile, WPT Alpha 8® For One Drop, with a $111,000 buy-in drew 45 entrants and amassed an impressive prize pool that exceeded $4.6 million. Collectively, these tournaments generated over $650,000 for both the One Drop Foundation and the Wynn Resorts Foundation. 

In the same month, during the WPT Korea Festival, the second WPT Alpha 8® for One Drop unfolded at Jeju Shinhwa World Landing Casino. With a buy-in of ₩170,000,000 (approximately $127,350), it attracted 18 entries and created a prize pool of $2,219,892. Notably, over $100,000 was donated to the One Drop Foundation from this event. 

$15,810,000 at WPT BIG ONE for ONE DROP at Wynn Las Vegas