The Big One for One Drop to Return to 2014 WSOPWednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Ryan
This past year at the World Series of Poker, there were some serious events that got a whole lot of attention from poker players and poker fans out there. Obviously this included in the World Series of Poker Main Event, but one other tournament that had everyone’s eye was the massive Big One for One Drop. The key reason why this event had such a large following definitely had to do with the fact that it featured a massive $1 million buy-in, and some of the best players in the game of poker, as well as some of the biggest businessmen out there as well. This tournament awarded an incredible $18 million to the eventual winner, and was considered to be the biggest bubble in the history of poker tournaments.
With all of that being said, at the World Series of Poker Main Event’s final table, there was a break and Kara Scott was doing some reporting. During her report she went on to state a huge teaser about the upcoming tournament series for the next few years. The announcement was that the Big One for One Drop event is going to be back, but not until 2014 interestingly. This means that the World Series of Poker has decided to make this a biannual event instead of holding it year in and year out, which could potentially build up the hype around it even more year in and year out.
The Big One for One Drop event was created by Guy Laliberte, who actually is the founder of the popular Cirque de Soleil. No one really knew what to expect when the tournament idea was announced, as it featured a $1 million buy-in, and 10% of each buy-in was going to go to charity. Some people actually thought that the event wouldn’t even end up happening, but it did and it was a huge hit. It actually may have gotten even more press and more of a following than the Main Event did. On top of that, for those who didn’t catch the event, the founder Laliberte, actually ended up finishing in 3rd place for the event as well.
While this is big news for the poker world, and specifically for the World Series of Poker, there was not a whole lot of additional information given about the upcoming tournament moving forward. There are going to be some questions that are going to be posed until more information is given, and hopefully we won’t have to wait all the way until 2014 to be able to get the answers to these questions.
One of the questions has to do with the $1 million buy-in, and it’s likely that this is going to stay the exact same. I’d be shocked to see anyone make a change to the buy-in, but if you are looking for a smaller tournament that works with charities, the World Series has announced another event called the “Little One for One Drop”, which will be held in 2013. This tournament is a rebuy tournament that has a $1,111 buy-in.
Another big question that has been posed is about the player cap. If you noticed before the last year, the event ended up being capped at 48 total players, and it was actually reported that players came to register for the event with $1 million in hand, but were turned away. No one is sure about what is going to happen with the cap on this tournament and whether it will stay the same, will be a higher cap, or will be removed all together. Guy Laliberte made a statement that makes us think it will be raised, when he said that they are looking to “break the record” and that he thinks they’ll do it.
The 2012 Big One for One Drop tournament also had a top heavy payout system that gave the top 3-5 players the big time payouts. Anyone else who made it into the cash still got some nice money back, but it wasn’t exactly a fan favorite. This could be changed in the 2014 event, so it will definitely be something to watch. As you can tell, there are quite a few things to watch for in the 2014 tournament that we’ll keep you updated on as soon as we end up getting answers to any of them.