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Ivey, Cates, Holz In for $111k One Drop at WSOP Europe
The $111k One Drop poker tournament will come to Europe in 2017 and, according to King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik, there are already 31 players registered.
After last year's €1m invite-only tournament in Monaco, One Drop founder Guy Laliberté will bring his charitable spirit north to the German-Czech border for another high-level gathering of the game's best players.
The buy-in will be "just" €111,111 this time, though, and the location will be the King’s Casino Rozvadov - a venue about to become front and center for the European poker crowd.
Part of WSOP Europe
The One Drop event will be played as part of the WSOP Europe festival this November, returning after a hiatus in 2016.
10 gold bracelets will be awarded during the festival and €5m is guaranteed.
The event is connected to a larger deal that King’s CEO Tsoukernik made with the WSOP with several festivals planned over a five-year period.
According to the contract the WSOP and the King’s Casino agreed to the following:
- WSOP Europe festivals in November 2017 and 2019
- Two WSOP Circuit events in both 2018 and 2020
- One WSOP Circuit event in March 2017, 2019 and 2021
Big Names Coming
According to Tsoukernik the following players have already announced they are in for the $111k One Drop event:
- Phil Ivey
- Sam Trickett
- Antonio Esfandiari
- Daniel Cates
- Paul Newey
- Igor Kurganov
- Quirin Zech
- Tony G
- Pierre Neuville
- Fedor Holz
- Andrew Pantling
- Robert Yong
Apart from those headline-grabbers there's another list of about 20 'private people' also signed up, Tsoukernik says. The tournament will be capped at 111 seats.
“It’s going to be the biggest and best event in Europe," says Tsoukernik.
“It’ll also be a bracelet event. It’s now early February and we already have 31 deposits from players who will definitely be here.”
A "Mini" One Drop with €1,111 buy-in will also be played.
Another Coup for King's
Having expanded for five years straight, getting players of this caliber to the King’s Casino will be a major breakthrough for the venue.
WSOP bracelet winners Fedor Holz, Sebastian Ruthenberg and world champion Pius Heinz have already left their trophies to be exhibited in the King’s Casino, but it has yet to really attract the A-list American pros like Ivey, Hellmuth and Negreanu.
If one of the all-atar Vegas pros ends up leaving their name and bracelet in one of the vitrines the King’s will definitely jump up another notch on the poker hall of fame register. Full details about the WSOP-King's Casino partnership can be found here.