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Cirque du Soliel founder organizes record breaking WSOP Event

Guy Laliberté, a Canadian entrepreneur with a penchant for poker and acrobatics decided to try his hand at organizing an international poker event.

Guy Laliberté, a Canadian entrepreneur with a penchant for poker and acrobatics decided to try his hand at organizing an international poker event.

The result was the Las Vegas One Drop Poker Tournament, a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament restricted to 48 players that netted Laliberté’s One Drop charity a staggering $5.3 million. One Drop is focused on aiming to solve the problem of access to clean water to those who need it most around the world.

The event was attended by several WSOP celebrities and notable highlights included record breaking prize pots taken home by finalists at the event. The three-day “BIG ONE for ONE DROP” saw poker’s most massive prize pot ever, with a record breaking $18,346,673 prize won by former magician Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari. Second prize winner Sam Trickett landed himself a cool $10 million and change, while third place finisher David Einhorn was left with a paltry $4.3 million.

Keeping in mind that every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related illness, the One Drop charity strives to deliver the one of the fundamental needs all humans share. Through concrete actions and a sustainable approach, Guy Laliberté’s vision of clean water for the world has gained a massive following, especially after such a high profile occasion.

Every player participating, including Caesars Interactive Entertainment CEO Mitch Garber, donated $111,111 of their winnings to the One Drop charity. Founded in 2007, the One Drop Foundation can expect to receive over $100 million from Laliberté himself over the next 25 years.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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