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Big One for One Drop - 30 Players Confirmed

The Big One for One Drop
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The World Series of Poker is going to host the first-ever $1,000,000 buy-in tournament, the biggest tournament in poker history - The Big One for One Drop. The tournament will take place from July 1st through the 3rd, 2012, and is expected to award a $12,266,668 first place prize. Eight more players recently confirmed their attendance, putting the total field to 30 as of this date.

The eight players that recently confirmed their participation:

  • Erik Seidel
  • Justin “Boosted J” Smith
  • Richard Yong (Asian businessman)
  • Paul Phua (Asian Businessman)
  • Paul Newey (Co-founder, New Wave Ventures, LLP)
  • Arnaud Mimran (French businessman)
  • Cary Katz (CEO, College Loan Corporation)
  • Bob Bright (CEO, Bright Trading)

“It is an exciting moment and it is wonderful to see the poker community’s generosity, where organizations, players and fans are all coming together to support One Drop,” said Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque Du Soleil's who started the charity. “Whether entering the Big One for One Drop, becoming a poker ambassador, making a donation, or simply changing their water consumption habits, everyone can get involved and everyone should be concerned, because a child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related disease and that together we can beat the odds.”

One Drop is “a public charity that undertakes innovative activities in which water plays a central role as a creative force in generating positive, sustainable change worldwide. More specifically, One Drop is involved in raising awareness among individuals and communities on water-related issues to convince them of the need to mobilize for universal access to water and urges them to adopt sound habits for managing this precious resource for future generations.”

There are 22 players that have publicly declared their participation, some anonymously. The list of players that have committed to the event so far:

  • Guy Laliberté
  • Bobby Baldwin
  • Phil Ruffin
  • Andy Beal
  • Patrik Antonius
  • Gus Hansen
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Johnny Chan
  • Tom Dwan
  • Tony Guoga
  • Jonathan Duhamel
  • Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
  • Sean O’Donnell (Montreal private citizen group)
  • Dan Shak
  • Loto-Québec/Casino Montreal seat (Lottery scratch-off/live satellite)
  • Anonymous – U.S. Venture Capitalist
  • Anonymous – European Hedge Fund Manager
  • Anonymous – U.S. Hedge Fund Manager
  • Anonymous – French businessman
  • Caesars Entertainment seat
  • Caesars Entertainment via June 30 $25,300 satellite at Rio
  • MGM Mirage Satellite seat

There are seats reserved for Caesars Entertainment satellites and some giveaways. The WSOP recently announced that players have the opportunity to satellite into the event for as little as $65. Live steps satellite poker tournaments will lead to a $25,300 buy-in event that takes place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 30th, 2012, at 1:00 p.m.; one seat is guaranteed to The Big One for One Drop and for every 40 entries in the Super Satellite another seat will be awarded.

The prize pool for The big One for One Drop is expected to be more than $26,000,000 and the winner will take home the biggest amount ever paid out in a tournament. Although the field will be capped at 48 players, the prize pool could increase – there are still 18 seats open. Interested in a seat? It takes a $50,000 deposit to reserve your place and the full amount of the buy-in is due two weeks before the event starts.

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