$1 Million Big One for One Drop - Live Updates

Day 1 Live Updates

06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Day One Wraps

Sam Tricket ends Day 1 as leader

The final level is in the books for the Big One for One Drop Day 1. There were a few more elimination including Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, and Rono Lo.

It was a bad level for Germany as Niklas Heinecker was run out by Phil Ivey when his A 9 was dominated by A K.

The German group was a favorite selection to win but now just two remain of the starting six, Tobias Reinkemeier and Christop Vogelsang are left holding the flag.

Two Brits sit atop the chip counts with Sam Trickett leading the way followed by Tom Hall. Ivey isn’t far behind the leader but it is still a long way till the end.

Players return for Day 2 at 1pm for another nine levels.

    Top 10 stacks per WSOP.com

    Sam Trickett - 13,400,000
    Tom Hall - 9,125,000
    Phil Ivey - 7,675,000
    Daniel Colman - 6,875,000
    Antonio Esfandiari - 6,725,000
    Noah Schwartz - 6,275,000
    Rick Salomon - 5,890,000
    David Sands - 4,615,000
    Phil Galfond - 4,390,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 4,270,000
06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Three Quick Exits

Noah Schwartz knocks out two

The last level of the evening in underway and there were three quick knockouts. Standard for normal tournaments but stacks are still relatively deep.

Max Altergott began his final hand with 1.9 million before getting them in with 9 9 racing against Noah Schwartz and A K.

Schwartz stormed ahead on the Ace-high flop and was the next sending Schwartz over 5 million.

Brian Rast was the next gone when he was all-in with the nut flush draw on the all-heart board. Talal Shakerchi had the second nut flush complete and stayed that way to send Rast on his way.

Finally, completing a bad level for Germans against Schwartz, Phillip Guissem lost a race to Schwartz to leave just 35 in the field. The hand moved Schwartz into the top five on the leaderboard.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Sam Trickett - 14,350,000
    Tom Hall - 8,2550,000
    Noah Schwartz - 6,455,000
    Phil Ivey - 5,800,000
06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Who's Missing?

Interested in knowing which players were in the inaugural event but missed this one?

Who Isn’t Playing the 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop

We already knew Andrew Robl, Vivek Rajkumar, and Bobby Baldwin previous committed to playing then ended up passing. But it might be those half dozen anonymous businessmen who didn’t show which prompted some of the pros to skip as well.

Also, the Phil Hellmuth saga is a little more clear thanks to Twitter. The Poker Brat was ready to play but came up $130k shorter than necessary.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Sam Trickett - 14,350,000
    Tom Hall - 8,2550,000
    Phil Ivey - 6,015,000
    Daniel Coleman - 5,020,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 4,500,000
06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Trickett Gets Another

Sam Trickett is running hotter than the rest of the room combined. Igor Kurganov was barely out of the door when he had another big hand, this one against Vanessa Selbst.

The two kept raising from the cutoff and button until Selbst was all-in with Big Slick. She needed help against Trickett’s two Queens and got there on the Ace-high flop.

The King turn snapped right back in favor of Trickett and Selbst was left with only two outs. Neither hit the river and Trickett moved over 14 million.

Selbst made history as the first woman to enter the Big One for One Drop but she ran into a Brit on a heater.

Tournament staff announced the official number and the winner is schedule to claim for than $15 million. The eight final table spots with pay with a min-cash worth $1.3 million with $4,666,662 going to the One Drop Foundation.

    Big One for One Drop Payouts

    1st - $15,306,668
    2nd - $8,288,001
    3rd - $4,480,001
    4th - $2,800,000
    5th - $2,053,334
    6th - $1,680,000
    7th - $1,418,667
    8th - $1,306,607
06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Kurganov Out; Five Tables Remain

Igor Kurganov out early

The last second pump fake of Phil Hellmuth entering the tournament has been the talk over the last thirty minutes.

It is official, the total field size is 42 and they lost one more player before combining to five tables.

High-roller regular Igor Kurganov ran into the chipleader with a draw. He moved all-in with the overpair Queens and Trickett called with an open-ended straight draw.

The river finished off the straight to send Kurganov out of the tournament and send Trickett over 10 million.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Sam Trickett - 10,500,000
    Tom Hall - 6,150,000
    Phil Ivey - 5,200,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 4,515,000
    Doug Polk - 4,375,000
06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Hellmuth (Almost) in The House

The official count went up by one with the very late, very cool Phil Hellmuth. We saw him walk into the VIP registration area but he still taking his time taking his seat. Some rumors swirling about a delay in verifying his funds.

Update: The 13-time WSOP champion will not be in the field. He was at the cage but tournament staff said no one else was joining the tournament. Hellmuth will certainly have something to say about it later.

It’s hard to believe the most decorated WSOP champion would have a hard time selling action into the biggest buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. But even Phil Hellmuth can’t wait until the last minute to get the money.

Meanwhile, the top of leaderboard reads like a who's who of big money poker with Macau's Tom Hall between four top pros.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Sam Trickett - 8,800,000
    Tom Hall - 5,605,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 5,338,000
    Phil Ivey - 5,200,000
    Phil Galfond - 4,950,000
06/29/2014 (10 months ago)

Back From Dinner

Player have returned from their dinner break. We'll see the extra time away from the tables and a little food puts them in gambling mood.

The tournament clock still shows 42 entered, with 40 remaining, and registration is closed. We are still waiting on official numbers.

06/29/2014 (10 months ago)

Choi Sent Out

There is one less rich businessman in today’s big money event. Stanley Choi is just the second player eliminated from the tournament and he has an early jump on dinner.

Choi flopped top pair/top kicked with A K when he called all-in only to see Galfond had bottom set 6 6. He had a brief glimpse at redemption thanks to the K turn but the river blanked.

Choi plays in the biggest Macau cash games but does have some tournament success. He won the 2012 Macau Super High-Roller High Stakes Challenge for $6.5 million.

The hand pushed Galfond near the top of the leaderboard as the field heads off on a 90-minute dinner break.

Meanwhile, Phil Hellmuth is coming up with ideas while trying to find his buy-in and Sam Trickett knows who is in his corner.

    Top 10 stacks per WSOP.com

    Sam Trickett - 7,600,000
    Tom Hall - 5,10,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 4,475,000
    Phil Galfond - 4,350,000
    John Juanda - 4,200,000
    Phil Ivey - 4,070,000
    Doug Polk - 3,800,000
    Erik Seidel - 3,600,000
    Vanessa Selbst - 3,550,000
    Antonio Esfandiari - 3,375,000
06/29/2014 (10 months ago)

Video: Guy Laliberté Wants a Businessman to Win Big One

Without Guy Laliberté there would be no $1 million buy-in tournament at the WSOP.

It’s pretty safe to say that Laliberté and the One Drop Foundation are the driving forces behind the massive tournament.

There’s a chance there might still be a super high-roller event but things change considerable once the founder of Cirque du Soleil gets behind a project.

Laliberté is hopeful this time around that a businessmen will win the massive tournament as most of the businessmen have pledged an even bigger part of their winnings to charity.

Laliberté himself would be a good bet to win the event as he made the final table last year, eventually finishing fifth to secure $1.8 million more for One Drop.

Regardless of who wins the Big One has already raised over $4.5 million for the One Drop Foundation, which aids water-based humanitarian efforts around the world.

06/29/2014 (10 months ago)

Esfandiari Doubles and Seiver Bluffs

Scott Seiver bluffs a wizard

The tournament is five levels deep and some players are reaching a relative danger zone.

Jason Mercier, Dan Smith, and Igor Kurganov hold less than half a starting stack. Still more than 80 big blinds.

Defending champion Antonio Esfandiari was also low after the break but doubled when his pocket Fours outraced Dan Smith’s Big Slick. He flopped bottom set while Smith had top two. The hand moved Esfandiari back to 3 million while Smith shows on the list of short stacks.

Scott Seiver took a shot at high-roller master Erik Seidel on the other side of the room. He didn't win. Seidel picked up a nice hand with a pre-flop 5-bet but Seiver took it well.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Sam Trickett - 6,630,000
    Tom Hall - 5,980,000
    Phil Galfond - 4,050,000
    Guy Laliberté - 4,020,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 3,953,000
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Event Information

Event Name
$1 Million Big One for One Drop
Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Final Day
Buy In
Prize Pool
First Prize

Event Winner

Player Prize Money
1 Daniel Colman $15,306,668
2 Daniel Negreanu $8,288,001
3 Christoph Vogelsang $4,480,001
4 Rick Salomon $2,800,000
5 Tobias Reinkemeier $2,053,334

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