The 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP confirmed on Monday that not only were 10 new players confirmed for the world's biggest buy-in event, one of them is Vanessa Selbst. Selbst is the first woman to ever play in this massive event — unless another enters before the tournament kicks off.
"I'm so excited to be taking part in The BIG ONE for ONE DROP this year,” the Team PokerStars Pro said. “I didn't get to play in 2012, but after seeing how much fun everyone had with the event as well as how profound an impact it had on ONE DROP, I knew I had to be a part of it this time around."
Selbst called the million-dollar buy-in "ridiculous" when it was first announced. It's a good thing that time changes everything because with her tournament record, knowledge, and skill, she has everything she needs to take it down once she enters the green-felt arena. Selbst will be joined by nine new players: Jean-Robert Bellande, Tony Gregg, Fabian Quoss, Max Altergott, Tobias Reinkemeier, Niklas Heinecker, Igor Kurganov, Christoph Vogelsang, and an "Anonymous Asian Businessmen."
The 2013 WSOP ONE DROP High Roller event was won by Gregg after he made it through a field of 166 players to take home $4,830,619. The 2012 ONE DROP winner Antonio Esfandiari took fourth in the ONE DROP High Roller for a payday of $1,433,438.
The Big One for One Drop now has 33 confirmed players. The field will be capped at 56 players and that brings the total confirmed, to date, to over half of the seats available. The $1 million buy-in event is set to take place June 29th through July 1st. Players that deposit are guaranteed to have a seat, otherwise seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Bellande was making an all-cash deposit at the cage and sent out the following tweet:
The tournament will pay out a first-place prize of more than $20,000,000 if the field reaches the seven-table cap.
ESPN cameras are expected to catch every hand — from start to finish — during the three-day event according to the announcement by the WSOP. The Worldwide Leader in Sports will begin airing two-hour coverage on Tuesday, July 15th, for three consecutive weeks.
- July 15 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Day 1 and Day 2 action
- July 22 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Day 2 action and final table bubble
- July 29 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Final table action through to winner
“With the unthinkable stakes of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP and its colorful mix of early committees, we are thrilled ESPN has embraced the opportunity to truly showcase a seminal moment for poker that just may yield the biggest first prize in sports television history,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
Looking for a shot at $20 million for a $25,300 buy-in? On June 28th at 6 PM PST, the Rio will host a $25,300 buy-in satellite. There are other opportunities waiting in mega satellites that start as low as $200 up to $3,750 that will have cards in the air on June 26th and 27th.
Bellande image courtesy of WSOP.