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42 Players Confirmed for World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop

Big One

On Thursday, the World Series of Poker announced 12 more entrants for the highly anticipated Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from July 1 through 3.

Thirty players had confirmed their participation when the WSOP released its updated list in April. The latest additions brings the total to 42, just six shy of the 48-player cap.

Among the latest to throw their hats in the ring are poker pros Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchlov, David "Viffer" Peat, Vivek Rakjumar, Andrew Robl, Nick Schulman, Sam Trickett and Noah Schwartz, as well as Winmark Corporation CEO John Morgan. All nonsatellite winners are required to pay a $50,000 refundable deposit to reserve a spot, with the entire buy-in due two weeks before the event begins.

Here is a look at the players who have committed to the event thus far:

  • Guy Laliberté
  • Bobby Baldwin
  • Phil Ruffin
  • Andy Beal
  • Patrik Antonius
  • Gus Hansen
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Johnny Chan
  • Tom Dwan
  • Tony Guoga
  • Jonathan Duhamel
  • Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
  • Giovanni Guarascio (Montreal private citizen group)
  • Arnaud Mimran
  • Cary Katz
  • Paul Phua
  • Paul Newey
  • Richard Yong
  • Bob Bright
  • Justin Smith
  • Erik Seidel
  • Dan Shak
  • Carlos Nahas (Loto-Québec/Casino Montreal satellite)
  • Anonymous (U.S. Venture Capitalist)
  • Anonymous (European Hedge Fund Manager)
  • Anonymous (U.S. Hedge Fund Manager)
  • Frédéric Banjout (French businessman)
  • Caesars Entertainment seat
  • Caesars Entertainment via June 30 $25,300 satellite at Rio
  • MGM Mirage Satellite seat
  • Anonymous (U.S. Hedge Fund Manager)
  • John Morgan (CEO, Winmark Corporation)
  • Eugene Katchalov
  • Jens Kyllönen
  • Jason Mercier
  • David "Viffer" Peat
  • Vivek Rakjumar
  • Andrew Robl
  • Nick Schulman
  • Noah Schwartz
  • Roger Teska
  • Sam Trickett

You'll notice that a number of seats are reserved for giveaways and a Caesars Entertainment satellite. Caesars announced in April that the WSOP is offering players the opportunity to satellite into the event for as little as $65. Venues around the country are hosting live step-satellite poker tournaments into a $25,300 buy-in mega satellite will take place at the Rio on June 30, one day before the Big One kicks off.

The mega satellite on June 30 will award a minimum of one guaranteed entry to the $1 million buy-in event — regardless of the number of participants — and will create one seat for every 40 entries. The satellite will run one day, have a $25,300 entry and allow rebuys.

According to the WSOP, the prize pool for the Big One for One Drop is projected to now exceed $35,000,000, with the winner to walk away with an eight-figure payday larger than Jamie Gold's record-setting $12,000,000 prize for winning the 2006 WSOP Main Event. The winner will also have a chance to become the all-time money winner in the history of poker.

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  • joeschmoe joeschmoe

    I'm still not convinced the field will fill.
    Committing a measly 5% refundable deposit is nothing compared to waving goodbye to the full $1,000,000 by next Sunday (?).. and I suspect a lot of pros will not be able to follow through, while a of the few wealthy individuals will back out for whatever reasons they might have.
    A starting field between 35 and 40 is likely, imo.

    But then again, maybe some billionaire (like Guy Laliberté) will see the value in 95% backing several select, talented pros who happen to be running hot at the moment, filling the field, and thereby insure his Inaugural OneDrop 1M Event is a resounding success, worthy of a WSOP 2013 follow-up, while vastly increasing his own chances of absconding with most of the prize pool... without actually winning anything.

  • flintsword flintsword

    Phil Ivey is a big boy. He knows there is a 48 player cap. If the idea is to have this million dollar tournament next year, you have to have rules. The business guys have every reason to object if after the 48 are set, Phil Ivey wants to join in. The entry fee is high enough that they cannot play fast and loose with the rules. I am also quite sure that the business guys are smart enough to stipulate that the tournament is 48 players only.

    What kind of perks is the WSOP throwing to the way of the OneDrop contestants? Free penthouse suites?

  • donpeters donpeters

    Many of the players involved have backers or groups of backers investing in them. Phil Ivey isn't on the latest list, but I honestly don't see him not playing. I actually see him showing up late and having problems because they say they won't let him in. I find it crazy the WSOP would turn down Ivey if he showed up at the Rio with a wheel barrel full of a million dollars. That's just insane, especially when so much of the buy-in is going straight to charity for a great cause.

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