WSOP Day 47: Big One for One Drop Begins, Kessler, ElkY Big Stacks in Closer
The maintenance crew has already begun breaking down and shipping tables out of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino as the 2018 World Series of Poker nears its finale.
An epic Main Event heads-up battle continued into the wee hours of Sunday morning with 2016's 11th-place finisher John Cynn claiming victory over runner-up Tony Miles. Cynn claimed the biggest prize of the summer — $8.8 million to go with his first shiny gold bracelet — while Miles settled for a hefty $5 million.
With the Event #65: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT - World Championship a wrap, we look to the two remaining events. Day 47 will see Day 2 of Event #75: The Closer No-Limit Hold'em (30 minute levels) - $1 Million Guaranteed get underway, scheduled to play down to a winner today.
Meanwhile the series concludes with a big bang as Event #78: The Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em gets going at 11 a.m. with plenty of notable names booked.
The last chance, inaugural $1,500 Closer event drew a whopping 3,120 entries with the help of the unlimited re-entry format. The 198 of 1,671 who bagged the biggest starting flight yesterday will combine with the 150 players who made it through in Days 1a and 1b to play Day 2 on Sunday at 12 noon, which is scheduled as the final day of play. All returning players are in the money.
Allen Kessler bagged the big stack on Day 1c after making some big call-downs and then winning a sizable pot towards the end of the night with aces versus queens all in preflop. He sits third in chips overall with 576,000.
Ahead of Kessler on the overall leaderboard heading into Day 2 are Day 1b leader Jeffrey Tanouye with 601,000, followed by Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier, who bagged the Day 1a chip lead with 583,000.
Also returning for Day 2 after getting through Day 1c are two players locked in a close race for WSOP Player of the Year. Shaun Deeb bagged 106,000 to lock up his 16th WSOP cash of the series, shortly after capturing his second bracelet of the summer. The other POY contender still in the running is recently-announced Poker Hall of Fame inductee John Hennigan, returning with 149,000.
Other notables advancing from Day 1c include Jonathan Tamayo (514,000), three-time bracelet winner Rep Porter (359,000), Andrew Brokos (336,000), Aditya Agarwal (332,000), Martin Finger (237,000), Farhintaj Bonyadi (188,000), Joe Cada (183,000), Loni Harwood (172,000) and Brandon Shack-Harris (140,000).
Day 2 of The Closer kicks off at 12 p.m. with complete coverage here at PokerNews through the event's conclusion.
Sunday also brings the 78th and last event of the series, which also happens to be the largest event on the schedule.
The $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop will get going early on Sunday at 11 a.m., scheduled to play out for three days until a multi-million dollar winner is crowned on Tuesday. The impending coronation will also mark the conclusion of the 2018 World Series of Poker.
This will the be fourth instance of this unique event, and third time for it to take place at the Rio after stopping in Monaco for the last one. Besides offering high rollers an opportunity to play for big money, it also gives them a chance to contribute to a good cause as eight percent of every buy-in goes towards the One Drop Foundation. The organization, started by Cirque du Soleil's founder and poker player in his own right Guy Laliberté, works to provide safe water access globally.
With a cap of 48 players, some first-timers to the event who were confirmed to play as of one month ago were Bryn Kenney, Nick Petrangelo, Rainer Kempe, Dominik Nitsche, Steffen "Goose" Sontheimer, Jason Koon and Adrian Mateos. As the day unfolds, eyes will be fixed on the field to see who gives it a go in the largest buy-in event of the year, where a bracelet and many millions will be up for grabs.
Players start with a massive 5,000,000 chips in the One Drop, with blinds starting at 5,000/10,000 and a 10,000 big blind ante. Levels will last 60 minutes and the shot clock will be in play. Late registration will remain open until the start of Level 2, after which prize pool information and payouts will be posted.
Day 2 will also start at 11 a.m. on Monday and is scheduled to play down to the final six, who'll return on Tuesday to close out the event and the series.
Here's a look at previous winners of the $1 million Big One for One Drop:
|2012||Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino||Las Vegas||48||Antonio Esfandiari||$18,346,673|
|2014||Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino||Las Vegas||42||Daniel Colman||$15,306,668|
|2016||Casino de Monte Carlo||Monaco||28||Elton Tsang||€11,111,111 ($12,999,400)|
Follow along with the PokerNews live updates to catch all the big hands, and also check out PokerGO to catch watch some of the action on a delay with hole cards shown. The final two days will also be broadcast on ESPN2.
In this Series
- 1 WSOP Day 1: It’s Showtime – with Casino Employees Championship and $10K Super Turbo
- 2 WSOP Day 2: Jodie Sanders Leads Casino Employees Event; Shootout & Omaha Hi/Lo on Tap
- 3 WSOP Day 3: Hellmuth, McKeehen, Cada Advance to Final 50 in Shootout
- 4 WSOP Day 4: Joe's Ready for Shootout Final Table, $100K Day 2 Awaits
- 5 WSOP Day 5: Petrangelo & Fox Lead $100K, Martini & Hoang Chasing Gold
- 6 WSOP Day 6: Vitch leads Triple Draw, Hellmuth Makes Day 2 in Omaha-8
- 7 WSOP Day 7: Elezra Leads $10K Omaha Hi-Lo, Hennigan Ahead in Dealer’s Choice
- 8 WSOP Day 8: Eli Elezra Seeks Fourth Bracelet Today in $10K Omaha Hi-Lo
- 9 WSOP Day 9: Racener, Deeb at Final Tables, Hellmuth Advances in H.O.R.S.E.
- 10 WSOP Day 10: Bonomo Looking for $10K Heads-Up Title, Negreanu Advances
- 11 WSOP Day 11: Bonomo Among Leaders in $5K NLHE, Zinno Leads Dealer's Choice
- 12 WSOP Day 12: Duhamel Looks for 4th Bracelet, Negreanu Advances to Day 2
- 13 WSOP Day 13: Negreanu, Matusow, Racener in Final 16 of 8-Game Mix
- 14 WSOP Day 14: Doyle Brunson Returns Looking for Bracelet #11
- 15 WSOP Day 15: Joe McKeehen Runs Deep in MILLIONAIRE MAKER
- 16 WSOP Day 16: Martin Jacobson, Scotty Nguyen Playing Deep in MARATHON
- 17 WSOP Day 17: Jason Mercier, Martin Jacobson Looking to Add Bracelets
- 18 WSOP Day 18: Glaser, Matusow, Negreanu, Bonomo Advance in PPC
- 19 WSOP Day 19: Michael Mizrachi, Phil Ivey Lead Poker Players Championship
- 20 WSOP Day 20: Mizrachi Leads Final 12 in $50K PPC, Ivey Still in Hunt
- 21 WSOP Day 21: Michael Mizrachi Aims for Third $50K PPC Title, 6 Remain
- 22 WSOP Day 22: Phil Hellmuth Advances in $1,500 NLHE Shootout
- 23 WSOP Day 23: Daniel Negreanu Returns Third in Chips in $25K PLO HR
- 24 WSOP Day 24: Yu Leads Biggest Omaha Tournament of Year, Negreanu Falls
- 25 WSOP Day 25: Scotty Nguyen Leads the $25K PLO
- 26 WSOP Day 26: Ferguson Looks for No. 7; Lamb, Mizrachi Advance in $10K PLO
- 27 WSOP Day 27: Hellmuth Advances in Razz, Big Names in Monster Stack
- 28 WSOP Day 28: Brandon Shack-Harris Leads Final 6 in $10K PLO
- 29 WSOP Day 29: Elezra, Hellmuth, Negreanu Return in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo
- 30 WSOP Day 30: Gamble, Matusow, Negreanu in $1,500 PLO Hi-Lo Final 20
- 31 WSOP Day 31: John Hennigan Among Chip Leaders in $10,000 Razz Championship
- 32 WSOP Day 32: Anderson and Kassela Return to Battle for RAZZ Bracelet
- 33 WSOP Day 33: Jean-Robert Bellande Leads Final 6 in $5K NLHE 6-Handed
- 34 WSOP Day 34: Main Event Kicks Off, Mizrachi Leads PLO Giant
- 35 WSOP Day 35: Scotty Nguyen, Joe Hachem, Ray Romano Advance in Main Event
- 36 WSOP Day 36: Fireworks Expected on Day 1c of the Main Event
- 37 WSOP Day 37: Galen Hall Looks for 888 Title, Big Names Return in Main Event
- 38 WSOP Day 38: Huge Day 2c in the Main, John Pannucci Leads $1,500 NLH
- 39 WSOP Day 39: Tan Leads $1,500 NLHE; Hellmuth, Ivey Back for Main Day 3
- 40 WSOP Day 40: Hallaert Bags Big in Little One, Ivey Makes Day 4 of ME
- 41 WSOP Day 41: Minkin Making Another Main Event Run, Solomon Leads PLO
- 42 WSOP Day 42: Dyer Leads Main With Cada Still In, Bohlman Goes for Double
- 43 WSOP Day 43: Big Names Left in $5K NLHE, Cada Advances in Main Event
- 44 WSOP Day 44: Three More Bracelets Awarded As Main Event Finale Begins
- 45 WSOP Day 45: Volpe Seeks Bracelet, Dyer Leads Final 6 and Cada in Main
- 46 WSOP Day 46: Main Event Reaches Finale, Eibinger Leads $50K High Roller
- 47 WSOP Day 47: Big One for One Drop Begins, Kessler, ElkY Big Stacks in Closer