Successful people frequently feel the need of giving something back to community and poker players are now exception. The only thing they need is an opportunity to prove their generosity and Guy Laliberté provided them with a chance to help others by creating the One Drop foundation. It was established six years ago and raised tens of millions for charity, with this year alone $1.3 million being collected.
In 2012, the largest prize ever to be won in a live tournament was awarded to poker professional Antonio Esfandiari who won the One Drop High Rollers tournament. He received an astounding amount of $18 million and he donated a part of that charity, with other poker professionals following his example. Furthermore, the campaign raised in excess of $1 million for charity and started a trend as more poker players decided that it is time to put their money to good use.
The One Drop campaign is an ongoing project that is aimed at alleviating poverty and suffering in poor countries such as Nicaragua, El Salvador, Burkina Faso and Haiti. The World Series of poker was the highlight of the year for players and fundraisers alike with nearly $1.1 million being graced. Tony Gregg paid the $111,111 buy-in for the ONE DROP High Rollers tournament and emerged victorious, while Brian Yoon competed in the lesser event code named Little One for ONE DROP.
Guy Laliberté remains a staunch supporter of the organization he created and pledged to donate $100 million over the next quarter of the century. Cirque du Soleil is a highly profitable endeavor and even though his poker career was highly unproductive, Guy doesn’t have to worry about money. Allegedly he lost around $20 million since he started to play poker over the Internet, but his net worth is estimated at $2.6 billion.
It is less important how someone gets to turn his life around and become a millionaire, as long as the methods are in complete accord with the law. What truly matters is what he does after he attains this status and much to his credit, Guy Laliberté serves as an example for both poker players and prosperous businessmen. Unfortunately the campaign launched by him is not properly advertised outside the poker community and poker players themselves prefer to keep a low profile and do the good deeds in secrecy.