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WSOP’s Big One for One Drop Sold Out!

The Big One for One Drop
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News just in from the World Series of Poker (WSOP) confirms that 48 players have ponied up $1,000,000 for the richest tournament ever spread. The Big One for One Drop has been sold out and the participant list will become 100% official on Sunday, July 1st, when Level 4 completes – which still allows room for change.

The event will kick off at 1:11 p.m. PT and Monday’s coverage is expected to start at 12 noon PT. Look for live streaming coverage from the on July 1st and 2nd with David Tuchman anchoring joined by Justin Bonomo and Olivier Busquet providing commentary on Day 1. Day 2 Jason Somerville, Greg Mueller and Joe Hachem will be providing the commentary.

ESPN/ESPN2/ESPN3 takes over coverage on Tuesday. From 1-4 PM PT live on ESPN2 with ESPN picking up coverage from 5 p.m. PT to the conclusion of the event.

The Big One for One Drop will begin with six 8-handed tables; the ESPN Main Stage table, plus 5 additional tables in the Amazon Room Blue Section.

ONE DROP Chair and Cirque du Soleil® Founder Guy Laliberté submitted the following list of entrants for this historic event at the 2012 World Series of Poker.

1Bobby BaldwinChief Design & Construction Officer, MGM Resorts IntlLas Vegas, NV62
2Frederic BanjoutCEO, Eden ShoesFrance42
3Bob BrightCEO, Bright Trading, LLCLas Vegas, NV72
4Ilya BulychevBusinessmanMoscow, Russia34
5Roland De WolfeProfessional Poker PlayerLondon, UK33
6Tom DwanProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV25
7Jonathan DuhamelProfossional Poker PlayerMontreal, Canada24
8David EinhornHedge Fund ManagerRye, NY43
9Antonio EsfandiariProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV33
10Phil GalfondProfessional Poker PlayerNorth Potomac, Maryland27
11Bertrand GrospellierProfessional Poker PlayerFrance31
12Philipp GruissemProfessional Poker PlayerGermany25
13Giovanni "Malibu" GuarascioProfessional Poker PlayerMontreal, Canada55
14Phil IveyProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV36
15Eugene KatchalovProfessional Poker PlayerNew York, NY31
16Cary KatzCEO, College Loan CorporationLas Vegas, NV41
17Jens KyllönenProfessional Poker PlayerFinland22
18Guy LalibertéFounder, Cirque de Soleil/ Canada FounderMontreal, Canada52
19Ben LambProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV27
20Tom MarcheseProfessional Poker PlayerParsippanny, NJ24
21Jason MercierProfessional Poker PlayerDavie, FL25
22Michael MizrachiProfessional Poker PlayerMiami, FL31
23John MorganCEO, Winmark CorporationMinneapolis, MN71
24Daniel NegreanuProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV37
25Paul NeweyChairman, New Wave VenturesDorset, United Kingdom43
26Chamath PalihapitiyaVenture CapitalistBurlingame, CA35
27Bill PerkinsOwner, Small Ventures (Private Equity)Houston, TX43
28Paul PhuaAsian BusinessmanMiri, Malaysia (Island of Borneo)48
29Brian RastProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV30
30Vivek RajkumarProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV26
31Tobias ReinkemeierProfessional Poker PlayerBrighton, Germany24
32Andrew RoblProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV25
33Phil RuffinOwner, Treasure Island ResortLas Vegas, NV76
34Rick SalomonFilm ProducerLos Angeles, CA44
35Nick SchulmanProfessional Poker PlayerManhattan, NY27
36Noah SchwartzProfessional Poker PlayerMiami, FL28
37Erik SeidelProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV52
38Mike SextonProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV64
39Dan ShakFounder, SHK Asset ManagementPhiladelphia, PA53
40Talal ShakerchiEuropean Hedge Fund ManagerSurrey, United Kingdom48
41Mikhail SmirnovBusinessman/Poker PlayerMoscow, Russia39
42Justin SmithProfessional Poker PlayerLos Angeles, CA24
43Brandon StevenBusinessman/Car Dealer OwnerWichita, KS38
44Sam TrickettProfessional Poker PlayerEast Retford, United Kingdom25
45Haralabos VoulgarisProfessional GamblerWinnipeg, Canada37
46Richard YongAsian BusinessmanKuala Lumpur, Malaysia54
47Satellite Winner$25,300 Mega Satellite - June 30 at Rio (name(s) TBD
48Satellite WinnerMGM Resorts International VIP winner (name TBD) TBD

There is a 48-person cap to this event. Profiles for most of these players can be found at

It’s all happening at the 43rd Annual World Series of Poker when the richest entry event in poker history will send the winner home with $18,346,673 and a genuine WSOP platinum bracelet from famed jeweler Richard Mille.

The Big One for One Drop is officially listed as Event #55 on the WSOP 61-event schedule. Most WSOP events award approximately 10% of the field prize money but the structure of this charity event has been altered to award 18.75% of the players with prize money. The final nine will be paid.

The final nine players receive the following:

1st: $18,346,673
2nd: $10,112,001
3rd: $4,352,000
4th: $2,645,333
5th: $1,834,666
6th: $1,621,333
7th: $1,408,000
8th: $1,237,333
9 th : $1,109,333

Total $42,666,672 (Prize Pool)

The official charity partner of the WSOP,, will receive the remainder of the prize pool of $5,533,328. The WSOP eliminated typical house fees to operate this event and out of each $1 million entry fee, $111,111 is set aside for One Drop.

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