Back from a four-year hiatus, the highly anticipated Event #78: Big One for One Drop - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em has finally arrived and will get underway at 11:00 a.m. local time inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. This year, the Big One for One Drop is the final event on the 2018 World Series of Poker schedule, starting just hours after John Cynn won $8.8 million in the Main Event.
This is the first time the $1,000,000 buy-in returns to the WSOP in Las Vegas since 2014, with a Big One for One Drop Extravaganza held in Monte Carlo in 2016 during WSOP Europe. With the Main Event and other storylines from the summer now fully wrapped up, the attention will turn towards the most pricey tournament of the summer. Needless to say, the seven-figure price tag will attract the top pros in the poker world who will all be looking to add an elusive eight-figure score to their already prestigious resumes.
Big One for One Drop Winners
|2012||WSOP||Antonio Esfandiari||United States||$18,346,673||48||$42,666,672|
|2014||WSOP||Dan Colman||United States||$15,306,668||42||$37,333,338|
|2016||WSOPE||Elton Tsang||Hong Kong||€11,111,111||28||€24,888,892|
The announcement came from Leon Tsoukernik during the 2017 WSOP Europe campaign that the $1,000,000 buy-in event would return to Las Vegas this summer. Tsoukernik was also the first one to confirm that he would be entering the field at the time of his announcement. As of late Saturday night, there were 32 players confirmed in the field with the cap being set at 48 players. Some of those that have already registered include Fedor Holz, Daniel Negreanu, Dominik Nitsche, Steffen Sontheimer, Sam Greenwood and the satellite winner, William Barth.
What makes this tournament so special to many of those at the WSOP, is that 8% of each buy-in goes directly to One Drop, the charitable organization to help supply clean water to places all around the world. The remaining $920,000 goes towards the prize pool. To learn more about One Drop, you can visit the link here.
When the action gets underway on Day 1, players will start with 5,000,000 in chips and blinds will begin at 5,000/10,000 with a big blind ante of 10,000. Along with the big blind ante format, shot clocks will also be in play throughout the duration of the tournament. A total of ten 60-minute levels are on tap for Day 1 with a 20-minute break after every two levels. There will also be a 75-minute dinner break at the end of the sixth level. Late registration will remain open until the beginning of play on Day 2.
The tournament is scheduled to take place over the course of three days with the final table of six players returning on Day 3 to play down to a winner. The live stream on PokerGO and ESPN will begin on Day 2, PokerNews will be on the floor from start to finish as the live reporting team will bring you all the updates from the final event of the 2018 WSOP.