Most of the poker news in the world continues to surround the World Series of Poker. Out of all the happenings at the Rio, the hottest news of the week is the buzz surrounding the biggest tournament in the world - the Big One for One Drop which kicked off Sunday with the cap of 48 players ready to fire up the action. Pre-tournament buzz included how Phil Hellmuth and Gus Hansen got their seats, maybe it wasn’t the traditional way, but it worked for them.
We should be used to online poker rooms going all-in and folding, but we hate to hear it (or anything else negative about online poker). This time it was the star-studded crowd that folded when the Hollywood Poker site hit the muck. What will happen to Vince Van Patten and James Woods now? Read on for all of the scoop…
The Big One for One Drop Kicks Off
On Saturday we announced that the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop was sold out with the 48 player cap being met. Sunday the event kicked off but not before two of the well-known poker pros were interviewed. Watch Tom Dwan give his 2c to PokerNews' Sarah Grant.
Antonio Esfandiari also chimes in on the Big One with Sarah Grant.
As of publishing time, eight have busted from the event: Nick Schulman, Bertrand Grospellier, Erik Seidel, Paul Phua, Jonathan Duhamel, Jens Kyllönen, Andrew Robl, and Justin Smith. Follow the action with PokerNews Live Reporting.
Phil Hellmuth and Gus Hansen Drop In Via Satellite
A short time ago we told you Phil Hellmuth was selling pieces of himself to play the Big One for One Drop. On Sunday he took his seat in the event along with the other millionaires, but it seems he didn’t get there by selling himself after all, at least not in the usual sense. It has come to light that the Aria held a One Drop satellite on Saturday for their whales, which included Phil. Instead of letting lady luck decide who was going to play the Big One, the high rollers decided Phil should play and they each would have a piece of his action.
According to PokerNews however, Communications Director Seth Palansky said Hellmuth didn't win the satellite at MGM but purchased the seat from the winner for an undisclosed amount.
And Phil tweeted:
It is official, I am playing in the $1 million buy in #BigOneforOneDrop poker tournament today!! 2012-07-01
Meanwhile Gus Hansen was over at the Rio…
Gus Hansen on the other hand won a traditional satellite across town for his One Drop seat. The $25,300 One Drop satellite at the Rio attracted 96 players which was enough to pay three places with the top two spots getting a $1 mil One Drop seat.
Problem was the event was capped at 48 players, so the runner-up would be an alternate. If no one dropped out, the alternate got to keep the $1 million in cash. PokerNewsBoy reports that when Gus got heads-up with Shaun Deeb, they made a deal; it looks like Gus wanted the seat, Deeb wanted the cash. Read more at PokerNewsBoy.com.
Hollywood Poker Folds
On Monday word came down on Pocket Fives that the Ongame Network skin Hollywood Poker was shut down out of the blue. Not only did Hollywood players get no warning, but they were not told anything when their account balances were automatically transferred to Red Kings, also housed on the Ongame Network. No one is saying why, but if you go to HollywoodPoker.com, this is what you will see under the Hollywood/RedKings AK logo:
HollywoodPoker has stopped offering online poker. So that you can continue playing on the Ongame Network we have arranged to transfer your account with your entire account Balance to RedKings.com, a leading Ongame Network gaming site offering superb casino and poker games in a secure environment. Please be informed that your HollywoodPoker account, along with your entire account balance, has been transferred over to RedKings.com. Your nickname and password will remain the same. Simply log into Redkings.com with your HollywoodPoker username and password.
Read more at PokerNews.com.