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Rick Salomon Leads Final Nine In World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop

Daniel Negreanu Among Larger Chip Stacks On The Seven-Figure Money Bubble

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Nine players bagged up their chips a little after 4 AM on day 2 of the 2014 World Series of Poker Big One For One Drop $1 million buy-in event, but only eight of them will make the money on day 3. Those who do cash will guarantee themselves at least $1,306,607 and will be in the running for the bracelet and the $15.3 million first-place prize (the second largest ever in tournament poker history), while one unlucky player will be sent to the rail with nothing.

The chip leader heading into the final day is Rick Salomon with 23,575,000. Other big stacks include German high-roller tournament phenomenon Tobias Reinkemeier (22,825,000), 2014 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 super high roller champion Daniel Colman (22,625,000) and 2013 Card Player Player of the Year and six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (20,700,000).

Paul Newey will return on Tuesday to the shortest stack, with his 4,050,000 representing only eight big blinds at the stakes of 250,000-500,000, which play will resume with tomorrow.

Daniel NegreanuA total of 42 players turned out for the second running of this unique tournament. 2012 Big One For One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari incredibly held the lead at several points on day two, while 2012 runner-up Sam Trickett began the day atop the leader board. Both lost some key all-ins late in the game which eventually put to rest murmurs of a possible title defense or back-to-back trips to heads up for Trickett. The British pro hit the rail in 15th place, while Esfandiari survived to tenth place before succumbing.

Esfandiari earned over $18 million when he emerged victorious in this event two years ago, catapulting him into the lead on the all-time money list (he currently has $25,954,801). Daniel Negreanu is currently second on that list with more than $21.3 million, but will overtake Esfandiari as the new leader with a finish of second or higher in this event.

Play is set to resume on Tuesday at 3:00 PM Las Vegas time.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the final nine heading into day 3:

Rank Player Chip Count
1 Rick Salomon 23,575,000
2 Tobias Reinkemeier 22,825,000
3 Daniel Colman 22,625,000
4 Daniel Negreanu 20,700,000
5 Cary Katz 9,125,000
6 Scott Seiver 8,250,000
7 Tom Hall 7,775,000
8 Christoph Vogelsang 7,075,000
9 Paul Newey 4,050,000

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