Gus Hansen has done it, he's found his way into the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop that kicks off on Sunday at 1:11 PM PST here in Las Vegas. The world's largest poker tournament in the history of the game will now have another one of the world's largest players in Hansen.
When the $25,300 One Drop Mega Satellite began, big names were everywhere in the field. At the end of the registration/re-entry period, 96 entries were tallied and a prize pool of $2.4 million was created. The first two spots would be awarded seats and third place was set to get $400,000.
On the way to the final table, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, David Benyamine, David "Doc" Sands, Scott Seiver, Hasan Habib, Viktor Blom and Luke Schwartz were all eliminated. When action got down to the final table, there were a few well known faces and some amateurs who made it as well, but only the top three would be paid.
Steve Meling was hoping to turn a $65 satellite into a $1 million entry, but he fell short, as did another amateur Hani Awad. On the bubble, Will Failla, Jason Somerville, Gus Hansen and Shaun Deeb were trying to find the last person to go home empty handed. That player happened to be Failla when he fell in fourth place. Somerville went out next in third and earned $400,000, while Hansen was left to fight with Deeb.
After a short, unscheduled break, Deeb quickly lost the heads-up match to Hansen. Deeb earned a seat himself for finishing in second place, but he was put on the alternate list as only one seat was guaranteed to the event. Hansen won his way in, while Deeb will have to wait and see if he gets in tomorrow. The consensus seems to be that Deeb won't get into the event, and in that case, he'll be awarded the cash.
Hansen joins the likes of Eugene Katchalov, Ben Lamb, Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu and Dan Shak in tomorrow's One Drop event, which will kick off in the early afternoon.
In late-breaking news, closing out the registration list in the event will be Phil Hellmuth, who acquired the seat from the MGM Resorts International VIP winner. You can see the entire list of players here and you won't want to miss any of the action live from PokerNews tomorrow as history is made. We'll see you then and for now, goodnight from Las Vegas!