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2012 WSOP will feature Super Duper High Roller Tournament

by Jeremy

In some breaking news from earlier today, the WSOP and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte announced that they are working on adding a Super Duper High Roller tournament to next year’s schedule. And what’s really insane about the event is that it will feature a $1 million buy-in. Aside from the buy-in, another big detail about the tournament is that 11% of every buy-in will go towards Laliberte’s charitable organization, ONE DROP, which helps supply bottled water and other services to developing countries.

Laliberte spoke about the proceeds that will be going to ONE DROP as he said, “This is an extraordinary challenge, finding 48 people to give $1 million, it’s never been done. But the upside is for One Drop. This is a lot of money for many people, so the game might be balanced a little bit between the billionaires or millionaires and the professionals because of the values are different.”

As Laliberte mentioned, there are only 48 spots open for this event, but with a $1 million buy-in, it will no doubt be a challenge finding this many players. Fortunately, things are off to a good start already because multiple players have already pledged to enter the tournament. Those who are going to play thus far include Laliberte, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Johnny Chan, Phil Ruffin, Andy Beal, Bobby Baldwin and Tony G.

Assuming the tournament field gets close to the 48-player cap, it would offer the largest prize in poker history; currently, the 2006 WSOP Main Event holds this distinction after Jamie Gold won $12 million as the tournament’s champion. One more thing worth mentioning about the prize pool is that Laliberte hopes the top 20% of finishers share in the pool.

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