WSOP Announces Satellite Events for The Big One for One Drop

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On July 1, 2012, the World Series of Poker will host The Big One for One Drop at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. The $1-million buy-in event will be the largest poker tournament ever held, with a projected eight-figure first prize. Now, the WSOP is offering players without an astronomical bankroll the opportunity to satellite into the event for as little as $65.

Venues around the country will host live step-satellite poker tournaments that will culminate with a a $25,300 buy-in finale that event will take place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. That event will guarantee a seat into The Big One for One Drop; in addition, one seat will be created for every 40 entries in the mega satellite.

Step tournaments will be held at the following locations:

Casino Location Mega Satellite Date
The Bicycle Casino Los Angeles Thursday, April 5 @ 6:00 p.m.
Canterbury Park Minnesota Sunday, May 13
Harrah’s Chester Philadelphia Saturday, May 19 @ 11:00 a.m.
Harrah’s New Orleans Louisiana Saturday, May 19
Choctaw Durant Dallas/Oklahoma Sunday, May 20
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Sunday, May 20
Harrah’s St. Louis St. Louis Sunday, May 20 @ 2:00
Horseshoe Hammond Chicago Area Saturday, May 26
Horseshoe Southern Indiana Indiana Sunday, May 27
Council Bluffs Iowa/Nebraska Sunday, May 27 @ Noon
The Lodge Casino Colorado Sunday, June 3
Palm Beach Kennel Club Florida Saturday, June 9
Horseshoe Bossier City Louisiana Sunday, June 10
Horseshoe Tunica Tunica, Mississippi Sunday, June 10 @ 11:00 a.m.

One Drop Chair and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté introduced the tournament last year at the WSOP with the goal of raising enough money for a project to provide access to clean water for an impoverished country. To do so, $111,111 of the $1 million buy-in will be donated to One Drop, leaving $888,889 for the prize pool.

Whoever manages to qualify will have his or her work cut out because some of the game’s most notable players have committed to the event, including Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Tom Dwan, Tony Guoga, Jonathan Duhamel and Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier.

For more information, visit WSOP.com, which includes all the specifics and will be updated regularly.

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