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.