In February of this year, the World Poker Tour (WPT) made a powerful announcement – they were partnering with the One Drop Foundation to create new charity events. And now, after much anticipation, the first two events have been revealed.
Both events are set to take place at the Wynn Las Vegas during the 2023 Wynn Summer Classic. The first event is a $10 million guaranteed prize pool, $10,500 buy-in tournament running from July 9-14. The second is a super high roller event, requiring a $111,000 buy-in, that will mark the return of the World Poker Tour (WPT) Alpha8 high-stakes tournament imprint.
“We are proud to once again pair up with Wynn Las Vegas as the host venue for our maiden WPT EveryOne for One Drop event, and the return of Alpha 8, during the Wynn Summer Classic,” said WPT CEO Adam Pliska. “It is remarkable how quickly these events came together, but not surprising given One Drop’s worthy charitable cause of ensuring sustainable access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene to communities around the world.”
The $10 million guaranteed WPT EveryOne for One Drop at Wynn Las Vegas will have three starting flights on July 9. Then, two more days of standard play will take place on July 12 and 13, before the final table is held on July 14 and live-streamed to the world.
The high roller event, World Poker Tour (WPT) Alpha 8 for One Drop at Wynn Las Vegas, begins on July 14 – the same day as the previous One Drop event’s final table. Streaming coverage of this nosebleed-stakes tournament will begin the following day for day 2, with the champion being decided on July 16 at the live-streamed final table.
One of the most exciting aspects of these events is that a portion of the entry fee from both will go directly to the One Drop Foundation. This is part of the partnership between One Drop, WPT, and Wynn Las Vegas to create charitable events that benefit One Drop’s mission while providing exciting poker experiences for players and fans alike.
“We are excited to put on our first-ever One Drop Foundation events in partnership with WPT and the WPT Foundation,” said One Drop Foundation Chief Marketing and Events Officer Alexandre Meunier. “It is a pleasure to be hosted at the beautiful Wynn Las Vegas. We thank them for their hospitality and support in advancing our global mission.”
“The 2023 Wynn Summer Classic was already slated to be a spectacular tournament series,” said Ryan Beauregard, Executive Director of Poker Operations at Wynn Las Vegas. “With the addition of the WPT One Drop Foundation events, the schedule is even more impressive. We are proud to bring these events to Wynn Las Vegas and be a part of this charitable partnership.”
The tour has also announced that the 2023 World Poker Tour (WPT) World Championship is set to take place at Wynn Las Vegas this winter, after a successful debut last December. For more information on these events, the WPT World Championship, and more, visit the World Poker Tour’s official website.