Poker Week 1 World Series didn’t start off well for families. Due to an unexpected family emergency, my husband and I were unable to attend the opening week of the WSOP.
Even though my husband couldn’t play the WSOP’s first Omaha show, he was able to catch up with the action on wsop.com as he literally lambasted his friend Brian Nadell, who was 29th.
Event No. 4: $ 1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo or Better has a prize pool of $ 1,221,750 and 905 entries. Benjamin Zamani won his second gold bracelet and $ 238,620.
Event No. 2: The $ 10,000 Tag Team No Limit Hold’em Championship was won by poker pair Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov. This is the first WSOP bracelet for both. First place is paid $ 272,964, and both Boeree and Kurganov will donate half of their winnings to the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity.
Speaking of charity, an elite group of poker players play at Event No. 6: $ 111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em to benefit the One Drop Foundation, which helps bring clean water to many parts of the developing world.
One Drop has projects in Central America, India and West Africa. Originally founded by poker player and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, One Drop has raised nearly $ 52 million in visits to dewapoker.
Since 2011, Laliberte has teamed up with Caesars Entertainment, owner of the World Series of Poker, to hold One Drop tournaments during the WSOP for charity benefits. The first tournament, Big One for One Drop was held during the WSOP 2012, featuring a record-breaking $ 1 million buy-in.
$ 111,111 of each purchase goes to the One Drop Foundation. Forty-eight players entered for a record-breaking first prize of $ 18.3 million. Laliberte donated his winnings in fifth place valued at $ 1.83 million to the foundation. A total of $ 7.28 million was raised for charity from this single tournament.
At press time, there were 12 players left out of the 130 entries in One Drop High Roller. The prize pool is over $ 13 million. Bertrand Grospellier was leading the field.
This weekend also features Events No. 5: Colossus III $ 565 No-Limit Hold’em. At press time, there were 14,130 entries. The prize pool has not been calculated because registration is still open. With a guaranteed first prize of $ 1 million, winning this event is every poker player’s dream.
Week 2 will see great mixed game action including Event No. 11: $ 1,500 6-hand Choice Dealers, which starts Monday, and Event No. 14: $ 1,500 HORSE on Wednesdays.