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WSOP Big One for One Drop: 30 players confirmed so far (1 million buy-in)

Tags: 2012 wsop, big one for one drop, guy Laliberté.
Posted on 13 April 2012 by "T".

Yesterday ONE DROP Chairman and Cirque du Soleil Founder Guy Laliberté announced that 30 players have confirmed that they will participate in the $1,000,000 buy-in event on July 1-3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In total, the event has space for 48 players, so another 18 seats are still available. According to, $111,111 from each $1,000,000 buy-in will be donated to ONE DROP with the goal of raising enough money for a legacy project that will help a country with access to clean water. The event is rake free, so if "only" 30 players take part, more than $3,33 million will be donated to ONE DROP.

Biggest first place prize in poker history
With 30 committed participants already, the prize pool is projected to exceed $26,000,000, with the winner to get an estimated $12,266,668 - the biggest first prize ever awarded in a poker tournament, breaking Jamie Gold's record in 2006 when he took down the WSOP main event for about $12 million. However, the organizers of the event expect to reach its 48-player cap, so the prize pool and the first prize might get even greater.

Confirmed players so far:

1. Guy Laliberté
2. Phil Ruffin
3. Andy Beal
4. Montreal private citizen group (Sean O'Donnell)
5. Loto-Québec/Casino Montreal seat (Lottery scratch-off/live satellite)
6. Cary Katz
7. Paul Newey
8. Richard Yong
9. Erik Seidel
10. Anonymous - U.S. Venture Capitalist
11. Anonymous - European Hedge Fund Manager
12. Anonymous - U.S. Hedge Fund Manager
13. Anonymous - French businessman
14. Caesars Entertainment seat
15. Caesars Entertainment via June 30 $25,300 satellite at Rio
16. MGM Mirage Satellite seat
17. Bobby Baldwin
18. Patrik Antonius
19. Gus Hansen
20. Daniel Negreanu
21. Johnny Chan
22. Tom Dwan
23. Tony Guoga
24. Jonathan Duhamel
25. Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
26. Daniel Shak
27. Justin Smith
28. Bob Bright
29. Arnaud Mimran
30. Paul Phua

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16 comments on "WSOP Big One for One Drop: 30 players confirmed so far (1 million buy-in)"

 GeneYuss13/04/2012 13:08:14 GMT
Wow, this should be an awesome event. Lot's of rich business men helping a cause and having fun and a lot of poker pros that have an advantage but helping donate too.
 Fakiry13/04/2012 13:15:46 GMT
And Blom is still not on the list, why do you think that happens? Isn't he interested in this type of action. The winner of this tourney will for sure be remembered for a long time as the winner of the biggest first prize ever on a poker tourney. I think this will be a record difficult to beat. And my bet goes to... Patrick Antonius!
 Chartoule13/04/2012 17:38:46 GMT
Just one million buyin, i pay it with my pocket money.. wtf!!!!!

How many players can pay this amount? Real players not riches who want to say they were in the 1 milloin WSOP Big One. How many scarey moeny will be in bubble? What will do the bubbleman? Find a nice bridge?
 GIOMi613/04/2012 17:44:56 GMT
That is a lot of money, but these players have a multimillion dollar bankroll, so one million dollar is just a tiny fraction of their bankroll. They know how to manage their bankroll.
 Saunders13/04/2012 23:11:03 GMT
How will it affect the way they play???
 noonlion13/04/2012 23:25:38 GMT

But not unexpected there'd be an event this big really - people love big money action.

Imagine being the first guy to hit the rails... tearing up just thinking about it

As for Blom - he's probably not got enough moolah to stake on one game - I think that guys swings are crazy. Plus he seems pretty shy and not that huge into live play.
 Jockn451014/04/2012 00:45:40 GMT
they should have way more of these kind of tournaments to make the world a better place at the expense of the casinos rake...haha they make enough anyway
 Greenmohave14/04/2012 03:05:26 GMT
This is great to see such a charity event for such a great cause. I might catch some of the live play since my wife and family will be in the near vincinity of the RIO the last week of June / 1st week of July. Just hope the wife will go for it.

No matter I will be watching this. I can't believe Ruffin bought in. I miss watching High Stakes Poker to even if I don't care to much for Ruffin. Shows he really cares though so I can't say to muchas a person great, his poker Hmm.
 ProBucurest114/04/2012 04:36:02 GMT
WOW...WOW and WOW.ONE DROP Chair and Cirque du Soleil® Founder Guy Laliberté is one of the most kind-hearted man, and with Tournament field like this one with such a big names of poker participating, it will be a very tough way to reach the first place.
 Macubaas14/04/2012 06:53:27 GMT
I don't know why but i think that Phil Ivey will also participate to this event if Full tilt poker will reopen by then and people will get their money back...

Still, looking at that list i think the best chances to take this is Erik Seidel, he is by far the most experienced.
 pochui14/04/2012 15:39:59 GMT
that's what i'm talking about! now a million buy in i just about right to call a tournament huge...the usual names like dwan, antonius, tony g, negreanu, hansen are as always ready to take on the action at any situation and stakes- good to see that, ivey is missing, maybe he will change his mind yet
 Davoodoo14/04/2012 15:50:42 GMT
The only player that actually can afford this buy in is guy laliberte Big Smile
 Fakiry15/04/2012 08:59:21 GMT
you can think about extremely rich donks but dont think there will be scary money in this tourney, it's just too much for that. And the news don't say it, but the winner will receive another very nice prize besides the money: a platinum bracelet!
 mahdrof15/04/2012 09:55:22 GMT
Hmmm, I wonder if BRM is interested in sponsoring me.
 raduiacob16/04/2012 08:14:17 GMT
wow 1 million spectacular buyin
 ionellu17/04/2012 11:01:10 GMT
where is phil ivey? he is not on the list.
it is sombody to know somthing about him?

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