Salomon bagged up 23,575,000 chips to lead pros Tobias Renkemeier, Dan Colman and Daniel Negreanu into the final day of play today.
Play was halted at 4 am last night, just off the money bubble, and will resume again this afternoon with one more player still to go before the final table is set.
Trickett, Esfandiari Can't Hold On
Salomon, who starred in and released a private sex tape filmed with then-girlfriend Paris Hilton a decade ago, has a history as a poker player but is definitely a surprise contender.
He has sat in on some of the biggest Hollywood cash games and did play the first-ever $1m Big One for One Drop in 2012, but his tournament record in poker is sparse.
He'll hold the upper hand coming into the final day although Renkemeier, Colman and Negreanu are all over 20 million chips as well.
Businessman Cary Katz, poker pro Scott Seiver, Macau poker big wig Tom Hall, German pro Christoph Vogelsang and billionaire Paul Newey round out the final nine.
Reigning Big One champ Antonio Esfandiari crashed out in 10th this time despite holding the chip lead late in the day. Day 1 chip leader Sam Trickett fell from the top early and busted 15th.
Ten-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey also busted just shy of the money in 13th while Connor Drinan, winner of a $1m seat via a $25k satellite, saw his good fortune go up in smoke with one of the worst beats in poker history.
Find a full recap of all the day's action over on our $1m Big One for One Drop Live Coverage page. The final nine and chip counts:
- 1. Rick Salomon 23,575,000
- 2. Tobias Reinkemeier 22,825,000
- 3. Daniel Colman 22,625,000
- 4. Daniel Negreanu 20,700,000
- 5. Cary Katz 9,125,000
- 6. Scott Seiver 8,250,000
- 7. Tom Hall 7,775,000
- 8. Christoph Vogelsang 7,075,000
- 9. Paul Newey 4,050,000
Tune in for all the action right down till a $15.3m winner is named today. Get to know Tom Hall a bit more in the video below: