Ivey, Cates, Holz, Becker Among 50 Booked for $111k ONE DROP

borisbecker
Boris goes baller.

We're still six months out from the €111k Big One for One Drop at this year's WSOP Europe and players from around the world are already clamouring to get in.

So much so, in fact, the player list is already half full.

The WSOPE and King's Casino announced today that 50+ players have already put down their €11k deposit to secure a seat.

Among them are a few dozen of the biggest names in poker -- and a couple of very intriguing surprises.

Who's In?

In February King's Casino CEO Leon Tsoukernik announced that the High Roller for One Drop would come to his home turf on the Czech-German border for the first time. 

Dan Cates
Jungle wants it more.

The event is scheduled for November 3, 2017, with a buy-in of €111,111 and a guarantee of €10,000,000. The player field is capped at 111 players.

The One Drop will run as part of a resurgent WSOP Europe which now has a multi-year contract with King’s. If the player list for the High Roller is an indication, it might set a few new WSOPE records.

Among the huge stars already booked for the One Drop event are Phil Ivey, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, the semi-retired Fedor Holz and both the winner – Antonio Esfandiari – and runner-up – Sam Trickett – of the first-ever $1m buy-in One Drop in 2012.

Patrik Antonius is in. Phil Hellmuth is in. So are young European superstars Charlie Carrel and Adrian Mateos.

Given its Central European location, though, there are a number of intriguing and lesser-known names on the list as well including local King's regs Martin Kabrhel, Scott Hanna and Tsoukernik himself.

Also surprisingly on the docket? Former tennis pro and PokerStars ambassador Boris Becker. Check the list of pro players who have made deposits as of March 28 below:

Name

GPI Rank

National Rank

Tournament Winnings

Selected Titles

Martin Kabrhel

803

4

$2,109,968

Winner WSOPC Rozvadov SHR 2016

Ilya Bulychev

70,942

337

$227,132

-

Andrew Pantling

157,085

1974

$3,771,633

Winner Monte Carlo One Drop Heads-up event 2016

Antonio Esfandiari

301

153

$27,353,450

Winner BIG ONE for ONE DROP 2012

Paul Newey

134

10

$4,565,444

-

Andreas Eiler

7418

154

$843,744

Winner King’s Casino €25k HR Event 2012

Fedor Holz

18

2

$20,840,631

Winner EPT Barcelona €50k SHR 2016

Patrik Antonius

107,607

208

$6,788,791

Winner EPT Baden 2005

Bertrand Grospellier

2924

105

$11,006,981

Winner PCA 2008

Dan Cates

3203

1559

$4,839,670

Runner-up EPT Grand Final €100k SHR

Sam Trickett

13,473

1750

$20,591,180

Runner-up BIG ONE for ONE DROP 2012

Phil Ivey

29,691

8978

$23,856,034

Winner $250k Challenge Aussie Millions 2015

Quirin Zech

34,907

507

$225,157

-

Pierre Neuville

71

2

$4,186,637

November Nine 2015

Rainer Kempe

6

1

$9,237,009

Winner 888 SHR Bowl 2016

Steffen Sontheimer

367

27

$516,206

-

Julian Thomas

5676

128

$722,740

-

Koray Aldemir

19

3

$4,776,653

 

Claas Segebrecht

453

25

$1,019,863

Winner WSOPC Berlin HR event 2016

Stefan Schillhabel

47

5

$2,292,573

Winner EPT Prague €10k HR

Christian Christner

449

24

$614,613

-

Nick Petrangelo

2

2

$7,502,155

Winner $100k Challenge Aussie Millions 2017

Christoph Vogelsang

392

21

$7,356,217

3rd BIG ONE 2014

Adrian Mateos

7

1

$6,672,291

Winner EPT Grand Final 2015

Sergio Aido

16

2

$4,829,786

Winner Macau Poker Cup HR event 2017

Charlie Carrel

33

5

$5,208,051

Winner EPT Dublin HR event 2016

Igor Kurganov

163

5

$12,042,540

Winner Aria HR event no 44, 2016

Jan Schwippert

70

7

$2,795,371

Winner WPT Five Diamond HR event 2016

Eugene Katchalov

346

4

$8,961,541

Winner PCA $100k SHR event 2011

Vladimir Troyanovskiy

48

1

$4,741,185

Winner APPT 2015 Asia Championship of Poker

David Yan

24

1

$3,668,271

Winner EPT Malta 2016 HR event

Phil Hellmuth

972

504

$21,014,737

14 WSOP bracelets

More Confirmed Players

Bill Perkins
Streamboat is intrigued.
  • Scott Hanna
  • Martin Burda
  • Antanas “Tony G.” Guoga
  • Teodor Lejsek
  • Leon Tsoukernik
  • Rob Yong
  • Jan Barta
  • Bill “Streamboat” Perkins
  • Talal Shakerchi
  • Tomi Brouk
  • Gleb Larionov

At least seven other players have registered but have yet to send the deposit so don't have their names revealed.

The ONE DROP poker tournaments go back to the inventive mind of the charity’s founder and Cirque du Soleil impressario Guy Laliberté.

Over $18.5 million has been raised by poker initiatives for universal and sustainable access to water, sanitation and hygiene for nearly 200,000 people in India, West Africa and Latin America so far.

There will also be a Little One for One Drop tournament at the 2017 WSOPE, set up as a €1,100 event on Nov. 1-2 with €500,000 guaranteed. Check the full schedule for the 2017 WSOP Europe right here.

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