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Big One For One Drop to Award Largest Prize in Poker History

Thirty players have thus far comitted to participate in the BIG ONE for ONE DROP according to ONE DROP chair and Cirque Soleil Founder Guy Laliberte.  The largest buy-in poker tournament ever conveived, with a $1,000,000 entry fee, is slated to take place from July 1-3, 2012 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and will be televised on ESPN.

The 30 committed participants create a prize pool projected to exceed $26,000,000 with the winner to walk away with an estimated $12,266,668 - the largest ever awarded in a poker tournament, breaking Jamie Gold's $12 million haul at the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event.  This is all if no one else is added to the event.  But organizers expect the vent to reach its 48 player cap, thus increasing he prize pool, the first place prize and the monies raised for ONE DROP.

It is an exciting moment and it is wonderful to see the poker community's generosity, where organizations, players and fans are all coming together to support ONE DROP," said Laliberte.  "Whether enterting the BIG ONE for ONE DROP, becoing a poker ambassador, making a donation, or simply changing their wter consumption habits, everyone can get involved and everyone should be concerned, because a child dies every 20 seconds from a water related disease and that together we can beat the odds."

Confirmed players have secured their entry to the BIG ONE via advance deposits.  Some have requested and the World Series of Poker will respect a player's right to remain anonymous prior to the tournament, so publicity doesn't impact their personal and professional matters.

From each entry fee, $111,111 will be donated to ONE DROP with a goal of raising enough money for a legacy project that will help a country with access to clean water.  With the committment from 30 players thus far, more than $3.33 million is slated to go to ONE DROP.  The vent will be rake-free allowing $888,889 of each entry fee going directly into the prize pool.  Here is a list of players who have committed to playin in the BIG ONE for ONE DROP.


ONE DROP—an initiative of Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil—is a non-governmental organization established in Montreal, Canada and active worldwide. ONE DROP’s mission is to fight poverty by supporting access to water and raising each and every one’s awareness of water-related issues through its distinctive approach based on social arts and popular education. In the U.S., ONE DROP is a public charity that undertakes innovative activities in which water plays a central role as a creative force to generate positive, sustainable change worldwide. ONE DROP continues to reach out to the world to realize its dream of safe water for all, today and tomorrow. To learn more about ONE DROP, visit ONEDROP.org


Eliot Jacobson to Speak at Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club

The Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club, Inc., (CC&GTCC) has announced that Eliot Jacobson, Ph.D. Is the Keynote/Banquet Speaker for the 20th annual convention from June 20 through June 23, 2012 at the South Point Spa, Hotel and Casino. Dr. Jacobson will be speaking at the banquet on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012.

Jacobson received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Arizona in 1983. He has been a Professor of both Mathematics and Computer Science. After nearly 30 years, he retired from academia in 2009. After nearly a decade as an advantage player, Jacobson founded Jacobson Gaming, LLC in 2006. His company is one of the world’s leading independent companies specializing in casino table game design, advantage play analysis, game development, and mathematical certification. Dr. Jacobson also heads Certified Fair Gambling, a company that offers fairness auditing and certification for Internet casinos.

His recent book, “Contemporary Casino Table Game Design,” gives a comprehensive examination of the principles of table game design, development and selection. His first book, “The Blackjack Zone,” explains the basic principles necessary to become a skilled blackjack player. Dr. Jacobson writes for a number of trade magazines and E-zines, including Casino Journal, Raving Solutions and Catwalk 2.0.

He is widely recognized as one of the world's top experts on casino table games.

This year’s convention at South Point is scheduled for June 20-23, 2012, Wednesday through Saturday; the showroom floor is open to the public starting on Thursday, June 21st, and admission on Thursday is $10 and on Friday is $5. Admission is free on Saturday, June 23. Further information is available at www.ccgtcc.com

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