Million dollar Big One for One Drop starts today.

By RP, October 14, 2016

The rich playground of Monaco and the Monte Carlo Casino will see the start of this year’s major charity poker event today (Friday) when invitation-only players take their seats for the million dollar buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament.

The third iteration of One Drop includes unlimited re-entries at a million dollars a pop for the players, with professional players excluded this time.

Previous One Drop tournaments have been held in Las Vegas in 2012 (won by Antonio Esfandiari who took home $18 million) and 2014 (Dan Colman collected $10 million for his victory) and represent the biggest poker competitions in terms of winnings and excitement.

At the same time, a healthy percentage of the buy-ins goes to the One Drop charity, which initiates clean water projects in struggling third world nations.

Industry observers are interested in seeing how the changes this year pan out – switching the venue to Monte Carlo and excluding professional players is expected to have a significant impact.