The 44th annual World Series of Poker is reporting that it raised more than $1.3 million for charity organization One Drop, a group that aims to provide sustainable clean water throughout the world.
World Series of Poker officials noted that it raised $1,327,206 for the charity through tournaments and private donations. The amount far exceeded the initial $1,111,111 goal that was set before the tournament began.
One Drop and the World Series of Poker have partnered together for the last two years, generating more than $7 million in the process.
Commenting on the amount raised Caesars Interactive Entertainment (Owner of the WSOP) CEO Mitch Garber said, "We continue to be extremely proud of the poker community's generosity and enthusiasm. The marriage of prestigious events and philanthropy has generated nearly seven million dollars in WSOP donations to ONE DROP in less than two years – a remarkable achievement."
One Drop Chairman Guy Laliberté added, "Again, we have created history! I am thankful to WSOP for their dedication and to the poker community for their generosity. The real winners are the people for which ONE DROP will provide access to safe water. These families can break the cycle of poverty and have hope for a better future. Together we have shown the world once again how giving the poker community is and that the ripple effect continues on."