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Big One for One Drop Starts Off With a Bang

2016 One Drop Players
  • The Big One for One Drop is the biggest buy in event ever. Of course, it started off with a bang.

Just over six hours ago, the most exclusive event in the history of poker started off with a bang, or more specifically a Cirque du Soleil show with none other than Albert II, Prince of Monaco, in attendance: The 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza.

From there, this James Bond Monte-Carlo reenactment with the biggest-ever buy-in and the ability to reshape poker's all-time money list was just a mystery.

Guy Laliberte

No player list was released, but even as players made their way in, they had the opportunity to reenter the entire first day of play.

One thing is for sure: One Drop Founder Guy Laliberté is in (with his coach Daniel Negreanu by his side). Others who have already made their intentions clear or showed up around Monaco include Dan Shak, Paul Newey, Talal Shakerchi, Haralabos Voulgaris and Andrew Pantling. The list continues here. As of the start of the second level, this was the seat draw.

By the time the play was actually about to start, more coaches were making appearances than players with Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, Vanessa Selbst, Liv Boeree, ElkY, Daniel Cates and Tom Marchese all present to offer advice.

Here are some live updates from the first level:

Here are some live updates from the second level:

Here are some live updates from the third level:

At the start of the fourth level, Bobby Baldwin and James Bord took small pots. Bord, who’s been receiving massages throughout the tournament, turned two kings and was the winner against Zuo Wang after the river was checked through at lightning speed. Sean Dempsey took James Bord later on the turn.

Baldwin raised his bet, which was called by Anatoly Gurtovoy. Baldwin bet 300,000 after the board ran on the river and it was good enough to secure him the pot.

Other live updates from the fourth level include:

With 9,000,000 chips, Gurtovoy recently clinched a win against Patrick Madden, after besting Madden with a flopped diamond flush. Madden started strong out of the gate with a Broadway straight.

Moving into the fifth level, Baldwin was eliminated, the second player to do so after Laliberté busted.

Here are some other live updates from the fifth level:

Here are some live updates from the sixth level:

Here is the schedule with the buy-ins (all will feature live coverage from PokerNews):

LIVE COVERAGE€1,000,000 Big One For One Drop€1,000,000
Oct. 15, 2016€25,000 No-Limit Hold'em€25,000
Oct. 15, 2016€10,000 Mixed Games NLHE/PLO Six-max€10,000
Oct. 16, 2016€10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six-Handed€10,000
Oct. 16, 2016€50,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold'em€50,000
Oct. 17, 2016€1,000,000 High Roller Cash Game€1,000,000
Oct. 17, 2016€100,000 No-Limit Hold'em€100,000


Oct. 14, 2016€10,000 No-Limit Hold'emSteven Uccio€48,360Jordan Lenoach

In the €10,000 No-Limit Hold'em, the single-day action was slow to start with eight players. None had busted and all were in contention with late registration remaining open for some time.

Without many details, two players were eliminated but three that were still in were Pierre Neuville, Senh Ung and Dan Fleyshman.

With the recent elimination of former November Nine Pierre Neuville, there are now four players remaining. Leading the way with about 60,000 of the 160,000 chips in play was Jordan Lenoach, followed by Steven Uccio (45,000), Dan Fleyshman (40,000) and Carsten Girst (15,000).

The $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em event moved to now be heads up. Uccio took a big chip lead over Lenoach, roughly 130,000 to 30,000, and ended up with the win for €48,360.

Steven Uccio
Steven Uccio

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