Although professional poker may be dedicated toward large personal gains, the world’s top pros have been known to be quite generous regarding charitable contributions and the money collected at the WSOP this year to benefit One Drop is no exception.
The WSOP raised a total of $5.2 million over two tournaments for the One Drop foundation, with the USA’s Daniel Colman winning the Big One for One Drop and Ukrainian Igor Dubinsky victorious in the Little One for One Drop. It was the third straight year that the WSOP and One Drop partnered to raise funds in order to provide clean drinking water in poor communities across the globe.
Setting New Benchmarks
Despite being in its third year of collaboration, the 2014 edition of One Drop and WSOP eclipsed many of the records set since 2012. This year, a total of $5,273,047 was raised from both One Drop events, making up a staggering 43% of the entire $12,205,089 donated since the two sides joined forces.
The Big One for One Drop raised $4.6 million before another $500,000 was donated from the entry fees of the Little One for One Drop. Having broken all previous records, One Drop founder Guy Laliberté was quick to announce how successful the tournaments had been.
This year’s results are once again outstanding,” Laliberté said. “We can really say that everyone has come out a winner, not just the players, but all the communities who will benefit from the generous amount raised.”
Big One for One Drop winner Daniel Colman netted $15.3 million in prize money. Colman had an opportunity to further promote both poker and One Drop, but instead chose not to submit to interviews.
Colman later made some disparaging remarks on social media about the game of poker, infuriating some who felt that the outspoken pro was, in a sense, biting the hand that fed him. Despite Colman’s perhaps hypocritical views, One Drop prospered immensely this year.
Igor Dubinsky earned $637,539 for winning the Little One for One Drop. It appears that the WSOP and One Drop will be a valuable partnership for years to come.