The 2012 World Series of Poker has been going on full swing in Las Vegas since late May. There are 61 events scheduled to take place during this year’s series, but none are more prestigious and expensive than the one million dollar buy in ‘Big One for One Drop’ event that recently took place.
The first place prize was a staggering $18 million dollars. The event, which pledged $111,111 of every million dollar buy-in to charity, took place over three days in at the Rio in Las Vegas.
Antonio Esfandiari hugs his first place winnings of $18 million dollars
The One Drop charitable organization partners with organizations in third world countries to “bring money, technology and knowledge to communities in need of access to safe water.”
There were 48 professional poker players and business men who participated in the charitable event. Professional poker player Antonio Esfandiari won the event beating out a stacked final table that was broadcast on ESPN to take home the first place prize of $18 million dollars.
Poker Professional Sam Trickett took home over $10 million for second place and Cirque de Soleil found Guy Laliberte earned over $1.8 million for his 5th place finish.
The ‘Big One for One Drop’ event offered the largest individual prize pool in sports history outside of boxing, beating out the purses for winning the Masters, Wimbledon and U.S. Open.
“From day one I just believed I was going to win this tournament. I played my heart out and the poker god’s were on my side” said Esfandiari “The cards came and everything went my way. My bluffs worked, my hands got paid off and I just saw it. I saw me winning the bracelet.”
The event raised over $5.5 million dollars for charity. The money will help bring drinking water to countries in need.