Salomon, Strasser, Bord in as €1m One Drop Extravaganza a Go

RickSalomon
Another night in Monaco.

With 27 entries (and counting), the invite-only €1m One Drop Extravaganza in Monaco is underway.

Action began about four hours ago in the famed Casino Monte Carlo with an eclectic and moderately surprisingly list of players.

With the biggest buy-in in poker tournament history and unlimited re-buys it will make for a spectacular prize pool and massive donation to the One Drop charity.

It should provide some intriguing poker as it's a fascinating mix of true amateurs, poker-tested businessman and a few semi-pros with impressive online histories.

It also has some high-profile 'coaches' on board and a number of familiar Super High Roller faces on the outside looking in - some none too happy about it.

Pantling, Teltscher, Strasser Among Surprises

With a "recreational-only" mandate to the invite list there's certainly a few soft spots in the field but there's also plenty of talent stacked up among the plushy seats.

Andrew Pantling
Pantling: Has some chops.

Talal Shakerchi, Dan Shak, Brandon Steven, Bobby Baldwin, Elton Tsang, Paul Phua, David EinhornCary Katz, Paul Newey ... all 'businessmen' by trade but certainly not lacking pedigree and/or experience in tough poker fields.

Also finding invites into the field are a few notable names with impressive poker backgrounds in sports bettor Haralobos Voulgaris, former pro Jason Strasser, 2005 EPT London champ Mark Teltscher and Andrew 'Clockwyze' Pantling, a runner-up in the 2013 EPT Grand Final.

Russian High Roller Anatoly Gurtovoy, High Stakes Poker regular Bob Safai and One Drop vet Rick Salomon are also in, as is former WSOPE Main Event winner James Bord.

With 27 players registered so far (plus One Drop founder Guy Laliberté on his second bullet), here's the seating chart as of now:

Table 7


1 Sean Dempsey
2 James Bord
3 Cary Katz
4 Andrew Pantling
6 David Einhorn
8 Zuo Wang

Table 9


2 Bobby Baldwin
3 Anatoly Gurtovoy
4 Al Decarolis
5 Guy Laliberte
6 Bob Safai
7 Patrick Madden

Table 10


1 Yaqi Sun
2 Rick Salomon
3 Mark Teltscher
4 Dan Shak
5 Pierre Garand
6 Brandon Steven

Table 11


1 Talal Shakerchi
2 Paul Newey
3 Jason Strasser
4 Kamer Dikran Alyanakyan
5 Haralabos Voulgaris
6 Elton Tsang
7 Paul Phua

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