Monte Carlo Casino

2016 Big One for One Drop Winner


Elton Tsang (Hong Kong)

Elton Tsang put on a dominating performance on the final day of the 2016 Big One for One drop, winning the biggest buy-in tournament in poker history and pocketing €11,111,111 for his victory. Tsang entered the final day of competition third in chips, just slightly above average. But he took the chip lead on the second hand of the day. And after winning the third hand as well, he had more chips than any other player had at any point in the tournament. From that point on, he never looked back, slowly but consistently accumulating chips as his remaining opponents were eliminated, one by one. After about an hour of play heads-up against eventual runner up Anatoly Gurtovoy, Tsang secured his victory, earning earned the third largest first-place prize in poker history.

This was the third ever Big One for One Drop event, and the first ever held outside of Las Vegas. Instead, it was held in quite possibly the world’s most famous gambling establishment, the Casino de Monte Carlo on the coast of Monaco. The €1,000,000 buy-in event drew 28 entries for a prize pool €24,888,892. From each entry, 11.11% was donated to ONE DROP to support the organization’s global clean water access initiatives. That amounts to a donation of €3,111,108 (approximately $3,484,440). To date, the WSOP/ONE DROP partnership has produced over $17,000,000 worth of donations.




ONE DROP (TM), one of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to sustainable access to safe water, along with Group Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer and Caesars Interactive Entertainment today announces the release of the full tournament schedule and structures for the Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza taking place at the Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco from October 13-17, 2016 to raise funds for the charity.

35 players to date are confirmed to play in the headlining event, The Big One for One Drop Invitational, which will begin at noon on Friday, October, 14 and will feature the largest buy-in poker tournament ever held – 1,000,000 euros. With €111,111 from each entry going to One Drop, and no other fees deducted for event operations, €888,889 from each buy-in goes directly into the prize pool. That is a staggering €31,111,115 up for grabs, with the expectation that these figures will grow when the final field is solidified and re-entries are tallied. In addition, the winner will receive one of the world’s most valuable sporting trophies, a ceremonial bracelet hand-crafted in platinum by famed jeweler Richard Mille.

As an additional resource, as of today, those interested can sign up at https://Onedrop.youstake.com to facilitate the investment process. YouStake is the first online marketplace that allows fans to invest in their favorite skilled games and sports players while sharing in the winnings.

Beyond the tournaments, cash games for recreational players by invitation of No-Limit Hold ‘em, No-Limit Hold ‘em six-handed and more are being offered every day from noon until 6 a.m. with buy-ins ranging from €2,500 to €1 million.

View the schedule below

Time Description Buy-In Fee Prize Pool
Thursday, October 13, 2016
10:00 AM Big One Satellite / Super Turbo / Step 1* € 10,000.00 - -
3:00 PM Big One Satellite / Super Turbo / Step 2* € 10,000.00 - -
8:00 PM Big One Satellite / Super Turbo / Step 3* € 10,000.00 - -
Friday, October 14, 2016
2:00 PM Big One For One Drop (3 day event) (45 min levels) € 1,000,000.00 € 111,111.00 € 888,889.00
3:00 PM No-Limit Hold'em € 10,000.00 € 700.00 € 9,300.00
6:00 PM PLO € 10,000.00 € 700.00 € 9,300.00
8:00 PM Satellite 25K € 5,250.00 € 250.00 € 5,000.00
Saturday, October 15, 2016
12:00 PM Big One for One Drop Day 2 (45 min levels) - - -
1:00 PM No-Limit Hold'em € 25,000.00 € 1,500.00 € 23,500.00
5:00 PM Mixed Games NLHE/PLO 6-max € 10,000.00 € 700.00 € 9,300.00
8:00 PM Satellite 50K € 5,250.00 € 250.00 € 5,000.00
Sunday, October 16, 2016
12:00 PM Big One For One Drop Final Table - - -
1:00 PM No-Limit Hold'em Six Handed € 10,000.00 € 700.00 € 9,550.00
5:00 PM Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em € 50,000.00 € 2,500.00 € 47,500.00
8:00 PM Satellite 100k € 10,400.00 € 400.00 € 10,000.00
Monday, October 17, 2016
11:00 AM No-Limit Hold'em € 100,000.00 € 3,500.00 € 96,500.00
12:00 PM High Roller Cash Game € 1,000,000.00 150 / 30min -

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Big One For ONE DROP Winners

2014 Big One for ONE DROP Winner


Daniel Colman (USA)

It was a David and Goliath story at the conclusion of this year’s $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event. On one side of the table sat one of the giants of the game, Daniel Negreanu, battling for his third bracelet in two years and seventh overall. Surrounded by a massive rail of poker fans, he was the fan favorite with experience on his side. On the other side of the table was young online poker pro Daniel Colman, appearing at his first WSOP final table at just 23 years of age. While he is far from a household name, even among more fervent poker fans, he is nonetheless an accomplished player who had the skills to compete with the best. Colman proved those skills today, putting them to use at a tough final table that concluded with the heads-up battle against Negreanu and with Colman holding up the platinum one of a kind bracelet. Colman earns $15,306,668 for the victory, which rockets him up the all-time money list after starting today with just $159,010 in career tournament earnings. To relive or review the event, we offer you the following options:


A Thrilling Big One For ONE DROP in 2012


Antonio Esfandiari (USA)

It was so audacious that many people didn't think one table of poker players would show up. When the World Series of Poker along with renowned showman and philanthropist Guy Laliberte announced plans to host a $1,000,000 buy-in poker tournament as part of the 43rd Annual WSOP in 2012, it was met with plenty of skepticism. After all, the biggest previous buy-in record for a poker tournament was $250,000 and only 14 people participated. But betting against Laliberte is never a smart bet. With a cap of 48 players and an $18 million first place prize, the BIG ONE for ONE DROP from July 1-3, 2012 was a huge success. Antonio Esfandiari captured the victory and the first-ever platinum bracelet, while ESPN cameras captured the action live to households across America. To relive or review the event, we offer you the following options:


About The ONE DROP Organization

The World Series of Poker joined forces with the ONE DROP Organization (www.onedrop.org) in 2012, to help raise awareness and funds for the global water crisis. We encourage you to visit the ONE DROP website and become more informed about the issue to help those less fortunate to get access to clean water. As the "World" Series of Poker, we recognize this as a worldwide issue and want to do our part in this very important cause. We plan to continue working with ONE DROP for years to come and hope you will join the WSOP in supporting this worthwhile cause.

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