Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop

The Table Draw

Table 407

1Dan Shak
2Mikhail Smirnov
3John Morgan
4Bobby Baldwin
5Phil Galfond
6Roland De Wolfe
7Eugene Katchalov
8Tom Dwan

Table 401

1Bill Perkins
2Frederic Banjout
3Andrew Robl
4Jens Kyllönen
5Justin Smith
6Brian Rast
7Sam Trickett
8Jonathan Duhamel

Table 409

1Seng Chen Yong
2Jason Mercier
3Talal Shakerchi
4Noah Schwartz
5Gus Hansen
6Paul Newey
7David Einhorn
8Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier

Table 411

1Wei Seng Phua
2Michael Mizrachi
3Mike Sexton
4Bob Bright
5Phil Hellmuth
6Daniel Negreanu
7Rick Salomon
8Chamath Palihapitiya

Table 381

1Haralabos Voulgaris
2Ilya Bulychev
3Philipp Gruissem
4Cary Katz
5Giovanni Guarascio
6Tobias Reinkemeier
7Phil Ruffin
8Guy Laliberté

Table 391

1Vivek Rajkumar
2Tom Marchese
3Antonio Esfandiari
4Nick Schulman
5Ben Lamb
6Brandon Steven
7Phil Ivey
8Erik Seidel

The Entrants (lõplik)


Three million in chips to work with. Who will end the tournament with 'em all?

Ben Lamb us 3,000,000
Brian Rast us 3,000,000
Eugene Katchalov ua 3,000,000
Andrew Robl us 3,000,000
Paul Newey gb 3,000,000
Phil Ruffin 3,000,000
Daniel Negreanu ca 3,000,000
Tobias Reinkemeier de 3,000,000
Chamath Palihapitiya 3,000,000
Paul Phua my 3,000,000
Vivek Rajkumar in 3,000,000
Bill Perkins us 3,000,000
John Morgan us 3,000,000
Guy Laliberté ca 3,000,000
Michael Mizrachi us 3,000,000
Noah Schwartz us 3,000,000
Cary Katz us 3,000,000
Erik Seidel us 3,000,000
Mike Sexton us 3,000,000
Jens Kyllönen fi 3,000,000
Nick Schulman us 3,000,000
Jason Mercier us 3,000,000
Tom Marchese us 3,000,000
Rick Salomon us 3,000,000
Dan Shak us 3,000,000

The $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop is Set to Make Poker History

Big One for One Drop
Big One for One Drop

The BIG ONE for ONE DROP $1,000,000 event, the largest buy-in tournament in poker history, has been in the works for over a year, and now the day has finally arrived where 48 players will take to the felt and battle for the $18,346,673 first-place prize, also the largest in poker history.

Out of each $1-million entry fee, $111,111 will be set aside for OneDrop, which was created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and is “a charitable organization that develops integrated, innovative projects with an international scope, in which water plays a central role as a creative force in generating positive, sustainable effects for local and foreign populations and in the fight against poverty.”

With over $5 million going to a great charity, a prize pool of $42,666,672 will be up for grabs, which will be distributed to the final table of nine. The 48 players, who are comprised of an eclectic mix of poker professionals and philanthropic businessmen, will battle at six eight-handed tables, including one at the ESPN Main Stage, over the course of three days.

The other five tables in play will be in the Amazon Room Blue Section, which has undergone a dramatic transformation including new spectator seating, a flop camera plasma feed for each table for media and spectators to see community cards and “all in and calls.”

The tournament will be streamed live on WSOP.com and televised on ESPN, while the final day of the charity tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN 2 at 4:00 PM EDT and then on ESPN at 8:00 PM EDT until its conclusion. In regard to the live stream, David Tuchman will anchor and will be joined by Olivier Busquet and Justin Bonomo on Day 1, while Jason Somerville, Greg Mueller and Joe Hachem will provide commentary on Day 2.

Things will kick off as ESPN will tape a special intro featuring Cirque du Soleil drummers and the like. Meanwhile, the participants will arrive around Noon for interviews, a group photo, and to get acquainted with what is sure to become one of the summer’s most memorable spectacles.

The stage is set and the players are here, let's take a look at the 48:

Bobby BaldwinChief Design and Construction Officer, MGM Resorts Intl.Las Vegas, NV
Frederic BanjoutCEO, Eden ShoesParis, France
Bob BrightCEO, Bright Trading, LLCLas Vegas, NV
Ilya BulchevBusinessmanMoscow, Russia
Roland De WolfeProfessional Poker PlayerLondon, England
Tom DwanProfessional Poker PlayerEdison, NJ
Jonathan DuhamelProfessional Poker PlayerMontreal, QC, Canada
David EinhornU.S. Hedge Fund ManagerRye, New York
Antonio EsfandiariProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Phil GalfondProfessional Poker PlayerPotomac, MD
Bertrand GrospellierProfessional Poker PlayerParis, France
Philipp GruissemProfessional Poker PlayerGermany
Giovanni GuarascioBusinessmanMontreal, Canada
Phil IveyProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Eugene KatchalovProfessional Poker PlayerNew York, NY
Cary KatzCEO, College Loan CorporationLas Vegas, NV
Jens KyllönenProfessional Poker PlayerFinland
Guy LalibertéFounder, Cirque de SoleilMontreal, QC, Canada
Ben LambProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Tom MarcheseProfessional Poker PlayerParsippanny, NJ
Jason MercierProfessional Poker PlayerDavie, FL
Michael MizrachiProfessional Poker PlayerMiami, FL
John MorganCEO, Winmark CorporationMinneapolis, MN
Daniel NegreanuProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Paul NeweyChairman, New Wave VenturesDorset, United Kingdom
Chamath PalihapitiyaVenture CapitalistBurlingame, CA
Bill PerkinsOwner, Small Ventures (Private Equity)Houston, TX
Paul PhuaAsian BusinessmanMiri, Malaysia
Brian RastProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Vivek RajkumarProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Tobias ReinkemeierProfessional Poker PlayerBrighton, Germany
Andrew RoblProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Phil RuffinOwner, Treasure Island ResortLas Vegas, NV
Rick SalomonFilm ProducerLos Angeles, CA
Nick SchulmanProfessional Poker PlayerNew York, NY
Noah SchwartzProfessional Poker PlayerMiami, FL
Erik SeidelProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Mike SextonProfessional Poker Player/CommentatorLas Vegas, NV
Dan ShakCommodities TraderLas Vegas, NV
Talal ShakerchiEuropean Hedge Fund ManagerSurrey, England
Mikhail SmirnovBusinessman/Poker PlayerMoscow, Russia
Justin SmithProfessional Poker PlayerLos Angeles, CA
Brandon StevenBusinessman/Car Dealer OwnerWichita, KS
Sam TrickettProfessional Poker PlayerEast Retford, England
Haralabos VoulgarisProfessional Sports HandicapperWinnipeg, Canada (Lotto seat)
Richard YongAsian BusinessmanKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Gus Hansen$25,300 Mega Satellite – June 30 at RioCopenhagen, Denmark
Phil HellmuthProfessional Poker Player - June 30Madison, WI

The BIG ONE for ONE DROP is set to get underway at 1:11 PM PST when Laliberté gives the traditional “Shuffle Up and Deal” tableside at ESPN stage, so join us then as PokerNews brings you all the exciting action and eliminations as history is made at the 2012 World Series of Poker!

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