Tech Worker Satellites into $1 Million WSOP Big One

Carlos Nahas
Carlos Nahas (2nd from left).

Add another recreational poker player to the $1 Million WSOP Big One lineup this summer as Canadian Carlos Nahas won his seat in a satellite in Montreal yesterday.

The 33-year-old Nahas, who hails from Ottawa, overcame a 55-player field at the Casino du Lac-Leamy in Quebec to win a seat in the biggest buy-in tournament ever held.

It was originally Nahas’ friend, Keith Hamilton, who won a seat into a qualifier playing slots. Hamilton wasn’t a poker player so he convinced Nahas to play.

Nahas, a casual poker player who works in the tech industry at a company called Irdeto, won that tournament and qualified for the final $25k satellite that took place this week.

He will now head to Vegas to represent Casino du Lac-Leamy at the 2012 WSOP $1 million buy-in Big One this summer July 1-3.

First place is estimated to be the biggest in poker history with $15 million up for grabs if the event hits the player cap of 48.

Nahas will face some of the best poker players in the world including Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan, Daniel Negreanu and Jonathan Duhamel.

Surprisingly Nahas won’t be the only recreational poker player in the massive tournament as several wealthy businessman, perhaps thanks to 10% going to charity One Drop, have also committed to play.

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Jeans89, Hellmuth Express Interest in Playing

The Big One for One Drop continues to gain momentum in the poker playing community as both Jens “Jeans89” Kyllonen, Phil Hellmuth and Eugene Katchalov mentioned interest in playing this weekend.

Jeans89, for his part, said he was going to play the event entirely on his own bankroll with no backers. Kyllonen is renowned for his online cash game ability and won $1.3 million in online poker last year.

Meanwhile Hellmuth, who owns an all-time best 11 WSOP bracelets, said he was about 80% sure he was going to play and had already lined up $550k from his backers.

Katchalov is one of the most successful live tournament players in recent history with over $7 million in profit since 2007 and confirmed via Twitter he intended to play.

In an odd move an unknown amateur player from Chicago listed all his action in the Big One on eBay this week. The auction is open to anyone and for $1 million, plus $1,000 to win the eBay auction, they can lock up 100% of the player’s potential winnings.

Vivek Rajkumar, Nick Schulman and Fabrice Tuile are also rumored to play.

There are currently 30 players officially confirmed for the Big One including:

1. Guy Laliberté

2. Phil Ruffin

3. Andy Beal

4. Montreal private citizen group (Sean O’Donnell)

5. Loto-Québec/Casino Montreal seat (Lottery scratch-off/live satellite)

6. Cary Katz

7. Paul Newey

8. Richard Yong

9. Erik Seidel

10. Anonymous – U.S. Venture Capitalist

11. Anonymous – European Hedge Fund Manager

12. Anonymous – U.S. Hedge Fund Manager

13. Anonymous – French businessman

14. Caesars Entertainment seat

15. Caesars Entertainment via June 30 $25,300 satellite at Rio

16. MGM Mirage Satellite seat

17. Bobby Baldwin

18. Patrik Antonius

19. Gus Hansen

20. Daniel Negreanu

21. Johnny Chan

22. Tom Dwan

23. Tony Guoga

24. Jonathan Duhamel

25. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier

26. Daniel Shak

27. Justin Smith

28. Bob Bright

29. Arnaud Mimran

30. Paul Phua

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