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Tech Worker Satellites into $1 Million WSOP Big One
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.
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