Jens "Jeans89" Kyllönen, whose name many recognize from PokerStars nosebleed tables, has confirmed that he will take part in the $1 million buy-in event called BIG ONE for ONE DROP at this summer's World Series of Poker ($111,111 from each buy-in will be donated to the ONE DROP, a nonprofit organization that finds clean water for people worldwide in an effort to fight poverty). This means that a total of 39 players have registered for the event that has a 48-player cap.
This is what Kyllönen said in an interview about his decision to participate in the historic event...
What made you decide to register for this event?
Basically I had a good amount of winnings from this year, and I decided to go for this "once in a lifetime" -opportunity.
At the moment I plan to pay the whole buy-in ($1 million) myself, but I might sell shares later on.
The list of players seems very nice, and the charity aspect brings a nice extra value to the tournament.
The most important reason for me to play this tournament is, however, the chance to take the lead from Juha Helppi in the Finnish All Time Money List.
What do you think about the list of players so far?
There are many amateurs, so the tournament will have a good value. It is also great to get to play with all these businessmen, since many of them have great personalities.
The list of players include also a few weaker poker pros, which brings even some more value to the tournament.
This tournament will be one for the history books. Do you think the one million dollar buy-in will affect the style how the poker pros will play in the tournament?
I think it will have a big affect on how the poker pros play, especially when the money bubble is nearing, since the cash prizes are so huge.
Are you going to play more WSOP tournaments this year in addition to the one drop?
I think I will play also the $10.000 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha championship -tournament, but other than that, the two weeks that I will be spending there, will be mainly a holiday for me. First I was not even planning to go Las Vegas this year, but the one million dollar buy-in tournament changed my mind.