$1 Million Big One for One Drop - Live Updates

Day 2 Live Updates

07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

Money Bubble Doesn't Burst

Rick Salomon leads going into final day.

The remaining nine players gathered around one table with only eight of them set to make the money. There were two short-stacks so the possibility existed for a quick end.

Paul Newey had the smallest stack but he found a perfect spot to add chips on just the third hand of play when he picked up A A and four-bet shoved. It was less than a min-raise and Tobias Reinkemeier called with Q Q.

There was no sweat on the board and UK businessman had a double to stay alive.

Next on the short list was Scott Seiver who ended up all-in with K Q against Daniel Negreanu’s 6 5. Negreanu paired on the flop but Seiver added an open-ended straight draw on the turn before getting the Q on the river for his double.

Two big pots in 13 hands and play settled down. The level ended and tournament staff informed the players they would bag their chips. After just 30 hands they were told to return on Day 3 to play out the bubble.

The players were unhappy with the decision but were eventually overruled by the WSOP staff.

Nine players will return with only eight of them in line to cash in the tournament. Rick Salomon will be their leader and Newey will come back with less than 10 big blinds.

    Chip Counts per WSOP.com

    Rick Salomon - 23,575,000
    Tobias Reinkemeier - 22,825,000
    Daniel Colman - 22,625,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 20,700,000
    Cary Katz - 9,125,000
    Scott Seiver - 8,250,000
    Tom Hall - 7,775,000
    Christop Vogelsang - 7,075,000
    Paul Newey - 4,050,000
07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

Esfandiari Title Defense Falls Short

Antonio Esfandiari
Esfandiari out in 10th.

There will be a new Big One for One Drop champion as Antonio Esfandiari goes out in 10th place. He was among the leaders for much of the day but just missed the final table.

Esfandiari was on the feature table when he three-bet for his final 5 million chips after Tobias Reinkemeier opened.

The bet was called Esfandiari needed help with A 5 against A J and found nothing on the flop. The J on the turn locked the hand up for Reinkemeier and Esfandiari was done.

Reinkemeier takes a turn on top of the leaderobard as the tournament was paused as WSOP staff redraws for the unofficial final table. They are now on a $1.36 million money bubble and none of the remaining players cashed in the inaugural event.

    Chip Counts per WSOP.com

    Tobias Reinkemeier - 22,700,000
    Rick Salomon - 20,100,000
    Daniel Colman - 20,000,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 17,800,000
    Christoph Vogelsang - 13,100,000
    Tom Hall - 11,700,000
    Cary Katz - 11,700,000
    Scott Seiver - 6,100,000
    Paul Newey - 3,370,000
07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

Steven Gets Short; Eliminated in 11th

The field pumped the brakes to slow down and there was little action until Brandon Steven ran into Christoph Volgelsang just before the break.

Steven was knocked down to just two big blinds but managed a few double ups before moving all-in looking for another.

Steven was holding just 1.35 million and Cary Katz called in the dark. He was ahead with Q 9 against Katz’ T 7 and stayed that way until the 7 spiked on the river.

Steven fell just three spots shy of earning his biggest career tournament cash. His November Nine bubble in 2010 remains his best score at $635,011.

    Top 10 stacks per WSOP.com

    Rick Salomon - 21,400,00
    Tobias Reinkemeier - 17,100,000
    Chrisoph Vogelsang - 15,025,000
    Daniel Colman - 13,300,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 12,900,000
    Tom Hall - 11,400,000
    Scott Seiver - 11,100,000
    Cary Katz - 9,975,000
    Antontio Esfandiari - 5,500,000
    Paul Newey - 5,120,000
07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

Goodbye, Mr. Kotter

Gabe Kaplan

Gabe Kaplan was a surprise entrant during this year’s Big One for One Drop tournament and he came just a few spots short of the cash.

The Welcome Back, Kotter star and former WSOP commentator was rarely heard from throughout the day but finally had to take a stand.

Kaplan was a sentimental pick for a lot of fans but he ran out of time. He moved all-in with A Q and Rick Salomon called with 6 6. Kaplan was unable to win the race and was sent out in 12th.

Salomon added to his stack and moved near the lead after running a huge bluff on Chris Vogelsang for a 4 million chip pot.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Tom Hall - 21,800,000
    Rick Salomon - 21,700,000
    Daniel Colman - 15,600,000
    Cary Katz - 12,500,000
    Antonio Esfandiari - 11,200,000
07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

Ivey and Galfond Eliminated

After very little movement, there were a few minutes with a lot of action. Now the field is short two Phils.

Ivey put a jolt in a slow week of poker leading up to the One Drop tournament when he captured his 10th WSOP bracelet. He also settled a lot of bracelet bets placed against himself and Daniel Negreanu.

Ivey lost most of his stack earlier in the day when he doubled up Christoph Vogelsang and was never able to get them back. He is now gone in 13th.

Ivey check-raised for all his chips with a flush draw against Cary Katz who flopped trip Queens. Ivey didn’t make his flush while Katz filled to a boat to knockout a dangerous player.

Galfond was all-in on the feature table just a few minutes later. He doubled up Paul Newey earlier in the level and put his chips in drawing dead.

Galfond shoved after an all-club flop with Q T and Daniel Negreanu was holding an unbeatable K J. Esfandiari was in the middle and called Galfond’s bet but let it go after a re-shove from Negreanu.

Galfond was sent out while Negreanu picked up his chips plus an extra 1.8 million from Esfandiari. Enough to knock the former champion out of the lead.

Only 12 players remain leaving the field just four eliminations from the money.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Tom Hall - 21,800,000
    Rick Salomon - 15,000,000
    Daniel Colman - 14,800,000
    Cary Katz - 12,500,000
    Scott Seiver - 11,800,000
07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

(Video) Doug Polk Says Everyone in One Drop is Worse Than Him

Doug Polk
Doug Polk pulls no punches in PokerListings video interview.

Most poker pros believe they're the best players in any game they happen to find themselves in but few say it with the confidence of Doug "WCGRider" Polk.

The high-stakes online pro has had a huge summer, winning his first WSOP bracelet and cashing for $600k in the Bellagio High Roller, and today he took a shot at the $1m Big One for One Drop.

We spoke to Polk on a break from the world's richest poker tournament and he made no qualms about who he thinks the best player in the tournament is.

He must have gotten unlucky to bust.

07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

20 Million Chip Man

Antonio Esfandiari
Esfandiari continues to lead.

Our defending champ Antonio Esfandiari continues to dominate but the field is not getting any smaller. He has climbed over 20 million chips while others are struggling.

Phil Ivey and Phil Galfond, two of the best players in the field, are the two shortest stack remaining.

Galfond lost most of his stack when he doubled up Paul Newey. They both hit an Ace-high flop but Galfond was behind with A Q against A K.

The hand knocked Galfond under 2 million while Newey climbed over 10 million.

Ivey’s drop hasn’t been nearly as dramatic, instead losing a steady string of small pots after doubling Christoph Vogelsang.

They have played over 100 hands since getting down to two tables with only Trickett going out since the dinner break.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Antonio Esfandiari - 20,000,000
    Tom Hall - 17,900,000
    Rick Salomon - 13,100,000
    Christoph Vogelsang - 10,600,000
    Daniel Colman - 10,000,000
07/01/2014 (10 months ago)

Brandon Steven: "The Money is Great But I'm Here for the Bracelet"

Brandon Steven
Brandon Steven wants this bracelet. Bad.

This is Brandon Steven's second time playing the $1 million WSOP Big One for One Drop and once again he's pledging his winnings to charity.

The businessman from Wichita, Kansas, finished seventh in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller last year and bubbled the final table of the 2006 WSOP Main Event.

Steven said in this interview that he's been very fortunate to win a lot playing poker but it's the bracelet that he's really playing for.

06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

Trickett's Early Exit

After his huge run on the first day, no one could imagine Sam Trickett finishing nearly a full table from the money. That is exactly what happened.

Trickett''s count was sliding down from the start of the day but he had a great chance to double when he was dealt A A. He fired on the flop then the river but it was too late.

Negreanu called a pre-flop three-bet with J 9, flopped a Nine, and rivered Trip Nines. “Kid Poker” took his time before making the river call but was correct in the end.

Trickett at one time held a massive chiplead but is gone in 15th place while Negreanu moves up to 12 million.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Antonio Esfandiari - 16,400,000
    Tom Hall - 16,245,000
    Rick Salomon - 13,100,000
    Daniel Negreanu - 12,100,000
    Christoph Vogelsang - 11,000,000
06/30/2014 (10 months ago)

On Demand Coverage Part II

Rick Salomon
Who is Rick Salomon?

Welcome to another round of On Demand coverage of the Big One for One Drop. You can submit your question via the On Demand coverage page, Twitter, or Facebook.

Gary asked: Any idea why Calvin Anderson didn't play this? Got to be a favorite even in this crowd.

PokerListings: Calvin Anderson would have been a great addition to the field with the summer he's having (three final tables and a bracelet). He might prefer non-Hold'em games since only three of his 17 WSOP cashes are in NLH. We will try to track him down.

Sweathog#1 asked: Does Gabe Kaplan make some kind of absurd tv syndication money how is he playing this?

PL: Can't imagine his residual checks for Welcome Back, Kotter cover the buy-in but he's been elusive on the breaks. Kaplan does have past results to prove he knows the game but he was a complete surprise entrant.

Kyle asked: Who the f$%^ is Rick Salomon?

PL: Fair question. Rick Salomon is known to most of the non-poker world as the guy in the Paris Hilton sex tape and the current husband of Pamela Anderson. He was also married to Beverly Hills 90210/Charmed actress Shannen Doherty. Salomon plays some bigger cash games, has a few tournament results, and reportedly owned an internet gambling site.

@wiggdog asked: First question who is the chip leader still? And what is Tom Durr doing there railing not playing have you spoke with him?

PL: Tom Dwan hasn't been seen around the Rio this summer at all, wheter in events or on the rail. It's a little surprising but 'durrrr' hasn't cashed in a WSOP event in more than three years. Chip counts are posted below.

    Top 5 stacks per WSOP.com

    Antonio Esfandiari - 16,500,000
    Tom Hall - 16,245,000
    Rick Salomon - 11,200,000
    Chrisoph Vogelsang - 11,000,000
    Tobias Reinkemeier - 9,730,000
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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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