The one-million-dollar buy-in event countdown has reached its final 100 days and already half of the seats are taken.
Time is running out for those who want to play possibly the biggest poker tournament in history, as 20 players confirmed their participation in the BIG ONE for ONE DROP event. Another two are reserved for the lucky ones who will qualify through satellites held by Aria Resort and Bellagio. Another seat could be won by taking part in a special 2014 World Series of Poker satellite.
“The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June,” event co-founder Guy Laliberté told WSOP.com. He will take part in the contest and hope to relive the great experience of his 2012 participation, but is aiming to land in the money this year.
The 2012 BIG ONE for ONE DROP winner and first place in the all-time poker tournament money-list, Antonio Esfandiari, is another important name that will join the action between June 29 and July 1, 2014. Two years ago, ‘The Magician’ cashed in over $18 million for his one-million-dollar buy-in success and now he wants to remain in poker history as the player with the largest single payout EVER won. If the 56-player cap is reached, the winner will get $20 million plus an exclusive platinum WSOP bracelet designed by world-renowned watchmaker Richard Mille.
Other names eager to buy-in for $1 million are online poker guru Phil Galfond, poker legend Phil Ivey, two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jason Mercier, 2012 BIG ONE for ONE Drop runner-up Sam Trickett, live poker tournament veteran Erik Seidel, plus high-rollers Philipp Gruissem and Andrew Robl. Casino executive Bobby Baldwin, hedge fund manager David Einhorn, private equity and venture capital millionaire Bill Perkins, car dealer Brandon Steven, private equity investor Paul Newey, and poker pros Vivek Rajkumar, Noah Schwartz and Brian Rast close the exclusive list.
Three other businessmen announced their participation but they’ve preferred to remain anonymous.