The stage for possibly the biggest first place prize in sports television history is almost set. Eleven days are left until the start of the $1 million buy-in BIG ONE for ONE DROP special World Series of Poker event and already 41 players have confirmed their participation.
Eleven more players added their names to the exclusive list since the last update in May and every one of them will definitely aim for making poker history. If the 56-player cap is reached, the first prize will be worth over $20 million, surpassing the biggest single poker prize so far by almost $2 million ($18,346,673 for the winner of the 2012 WSOP BIG ONE for ONE DROP).
Who are those 11 new players? Let’s start with someone who is already familiar to rewriting history, the one and only Daniel Negreanu. He had a terrific 2013 by winning the WSOP Player of the Year award for the second time in his career. And since we are talking about the WSOP, let’s also include the 2012 WSOP Main Event winner and 2012 WSOP Player of the Year, Greg Merson. And let’s not forget one-time bracelet winner and $10-million live tournament earner Scott Seiver.
But the BIG ONE for ONE DROP is not only reserved for the live poker experts. The online legends will also be in the mix starting with nosebleeds regular Daniel “jungleman” Cates. He currently sits in front of his competition in the 2014 biggest online winners’ leaderboard, according to HighStakes DB. Doug “WCGRider” Polk is another big name who entered the one-million-dollar tournament; he has been crushing the highest stakes in online poker for the last few years and recently captured his first WSOP gold bracelet in Event #23. And let’s not forget online legend Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton, who came in second in this year’s $250,000 Aussie Millions Super High Roller.
ETP10 Grand Final Super High Roller champ Daniel “mrGR33N13” Colman completes the list of young guns who had their fair share of success in both online and live worlds.
The business world will also be represented in this exclusive event. The man who shared with the poker community what’s been happening as of late around Macau’s nosebleeds cash games, Tom Hall, will take a shot at the big prize alongside Winmark Corporation CEO John Morgan and Brit Talal Shakerchi. Last but not least, an anonymous businessman who played in Macau’s nosebleeds games will also join the party, according to the official WSOP press statement.
The list is still open as 15 more seats need to be filled in order for the first place prize to reach the $20 million mark. One of those seats could be reserved for the most successful player in WSOP history, Phil Hellmuth. He tweeted two days ago that he is raising money for the BIG ONE for ONE DROP:
I’m raising money for $1 million One Drop tourney: $100,000 for 9%. Finished 4th in 2012, skipped it in 2013 because I wasn’t in form
— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth) June 16, 2014
Another seat is up for grabs in a special step tournament organized at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The first step is worth only $200 while the final one will have a $25,300 buy-in.
More updates will come as the deadline approaches so be sure to check PokerUpdate regularly for the final list of participants.
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