Who Isn’t Playing the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop

Created By: Arthur Crowson
29 June 2014
Posted in: WSOP Blog
Phil Hellmuth

So the numbers are in and the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop will come a little short of hitting the 56-player cap.

In total there are 42 players in this year’s edition who will be competing for a prizepool of $37.3 million. It’s hard to complain when the winner will still walk away with well over $15 million.

Still it’s particularly interesting to note the players who played the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop who opted not to return this year.

It looks like 10 businessmen decided to skip this year’s edition while 16 poker pros stayed on the rail.

On the pro side Tom Dwan, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier and Mike Sexton are some of the notable absences.

The biggest, however, is Phil Hellmuth who tried to raise funds last-minute but ultimately couldn’t get into the tournament.

As far as the businessmen go, Richard Yong, Paul Phua, Bill Perkins and Chamath Palihapitiya were perhaps the most glaring omissions.

There are plenty of new faces this year, however, with Greg Merson, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates and Jean-Robert Bellande (!) among the newcomers.

Below is a complete look at every player that played in the 2012 Big One for One Drop but didn’t make it out for the second one.

Non-Returnees From 2012 Big One for One Drop


  • Bob Bright
  • Ilya Bulchev
  • Giovanni Guarascio
  • Chamath Palihapitiya
  • Bill Perkins
  • Paul Phua
  • Phil Ruffin
  • Mikhail Smirnov
  • Richard Yong
  • Frederic Banjout

Poker Pros

  • Bobby Baldwin
  • Roland De Wolfe
  • Tom Dwan
  • Jonathan Duhamel
  • Bertrand Grospellier
  • Eugene Katchalov
  • Ben Lamb
  • Tom Marchese
  • Michael Mizrachi
  • Andrew Robl
  • Nick Schulman
  • Mike Sexton
  • Justin Smith
  • Haralabos Voulgaris
  • Gus Hansen
  • Jens Kyllonen

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