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Second $1 Million Buy-In Big One For One Drop Kicks Off At World Series Of Poker Sunday

41 Players Already Confirmed To Play Event


Antonio Esfandiari After Winning It All In 2012Card Player’s 2014 WSOP coverage is sponsored by CarbonPoker.

As of June 17, the last time any official statement was made on the field, just 15 seats are still available to be claimed in the World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop, which has a 56-player cap. The $1 million buy-in event takes $111,111 from each buy-in to benefit the One Drop foundation, a non-profit charity formed in 2007 by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte that strives to ensure that clean water is available to everyone worldwide.

Players who confirmed their entry earlier this year include Antonio Esfandiari, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Phil Galfond, Philipp Gruissem, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Paul Newey, Vivek Rajkumar, Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Brandon Steven, Sam Trickett, Noah Schwartz and Jean-Robert Bellande.

A recent batch of sign-ups included Daniel Cates, Daniel Colman, Tom Hall, Isaac Haxton, John Morgan, Greg Merson, Daniel Negreanu, Doug Polk, Scott Seiver and Talal Shakerchi. Many amateurs poker players who play in the high-stakes Macau cash games are also confirmed, but have opted to stay anonymous for now.

If the event reaches the 56-player cap, which the WSOP believes it will, more than $20 million would likely go to the winner, the largest sum in the history of open buy-in tournament poker.

In 2012, the inaugural Big One For One Drop attracted the maximum 48 entries, and some players were event turned away. Esfandiari came away with the win and the $18,346,673 first-place prize.

Their will be a $25,000 satellite into the event held Saturday night at the Rio with one seat guaranteed. The Big One For One Drop kicks off Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. local time.

Those who can’t get into the seven-figure buy-in event can participate in the $1,111 buy-in Little One For One Drop on Wednesday.

For more coverage from the 2014 summer Series, visit our WSOP landing page.

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over 7 years ago

"Their will be a $25,000 satellite"

Their? Really?

"In 2012, the inaugural Big One For One Drop attracted the maximum 48 entries, and some players were event turned away."

Why is the word 'event' even in that sentence?

Who edits this stuff? Pre-schoolers? Hire editors who actually read the copy, or tell the writers to re-read their own copy so they don't make these silly mistakes. After a quarter-century of doing both jobs, I understand how difficult it is, but there's no excuse for this kind of sloppiness - not in a national online publication.