Poker PRO Magazine- WSOP News Update

Free Subscription for your issue: World Series of Poker has always been known for its charitable donations, and this has been no different in recent years. In fact, the circuit has worked towards creating some charity focused events. The highlight of this comes from the 2012 One Drop event, which featured a million dollar buy-in and an $111,111 donation to the One Drop charity from every entry fee.
The 2013 World Series of Poker saw another One Drop event, but this year included a different set-up with an $111,111 buy-in and $11,111 going to the charity. There is also a $1,111 buy-in event, which provides $111 of the entry fee to the charity. Further, the Rio dedicated their 3% rake towards the charity as well.
How Much Was Raised In The 2013 World Series of Poker?
For the One Drop charity alone, over $1.3 million was raised. This does not include any private donations made by any of the players or staff involved with the World Series of Poker. The donations come as a major help for over 13,000 people living in Asia, Latin America, and West Africa will be able to get safe water. It’s something so easy to look over, especially when every charity seems to be for more obvious problems, such as cancer, but it is truly a good cause that needs attention.
Currently, the amount that has been raised in $1,327,206. This puts the total donations to almost $7 million from poker players within the past two years. While donations are obviously not forced, they are definitely highly recommended. For this reason, the circuit politely requests that a 1% donation is made from the winnings of each player at the World Series of Poker 2013 November Nine final table.
The $1.3 million in donations comes from nearly $1.1 million in donations through tournament entry fees and over $200,000 in donations from the campaign for the All In For One Drop. The latter simply consisted of winning players providing a share of their winnings as a donation. In the end, 458 of the players in the event ended up donating, with amounts between $5 and $100,000.
The charitable success of the World Series of Poker, especially in recent years, has proven to be one of the greatest things in the game. In a world where tipping the dealers is norm and losing a buy-in is usually not a big deal, it is great to see flexibility with player’s and their money, for something that is actually a good cause for the entire world. With that being said, it will be interesting to see what type of charitable donations come out of the November Nine finishers this year and the entire series next year.

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