Big One for One Drop Numbers are GrowingThursday, April 12th, 2012 by Ryan
The Big One for One Drop is the newest poker tournament at the upcoming World Series of Poker, and it’s one that is going to draw a ton of interest from players and fans alike. The first announcement from the tournament was that there were 22 players who had entered into the event, and that it would now be an official World Series of Poker bracelet tournament. The growth hasn’t stopped at 22 though, as they are now up to 30 total players, which is bound to create an incredible prize pool as well. The cap on the event is set at 48 players, and there is a very, very good chance that the total number will get up to that 48.
In a number that will blow your mind, with 30 total entries the first place pay day would be just about $12.3 million, which would make this the largest pay day for any poker tournament in history. Before this, it was Jamie Gold when he won the 2006 WSOP Main Event. If you were curious about what that number would get to if the hit the cap of 48 players, the eventual winner would take down $18.3 million for knocking out some of the best players in the world, and making a run through the biggest tournament in the history of poker.
Not all of the names from the tournament have been released to the public just yet though, but we’ve seen that 10 of the 30 total are professional players. There’s a good chance that we could get quite a few of the other professional players coming along after this though. It will be interesting to see what well-known players get added later in the tournament, but a lot will have to do with what type of backing that these players are able to get for it. A few of the players who have been listed so far include Guy Laliberte (creator of tournament and founder of Cirque de Soleil), Patrik Antonius, Gus Hansen, Daniel Negreanu, Johnny Chan, Tom Dwan, Bobby Baldin, Phil Ruffin, Andy Beal, Jonathan Duhamel, Tony Guoga, Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, Sean O’Donnell, Erik Seidel, and Dan Shak.
The tournament will not only create a huge prize pool, but will also send one ninth of every player’s buy-in ($111,111) to the OneDrop charity, which helps bring clean water to different places around the world. We also assume that quite a few of the players who make runs and cash the event will most likely up their donations a bit as well. The eventual winner will not take down a gold bracelet, but will instead get a Platinum WSOP Bracelet for winning the event. It will begin on July 1st of this year, and will run over a three day span.
This will definitely be one of the most followed events of the World Series of Poker, and there are also a ton of ways to satellite into the event as well, so make sure that you look into these if you were hoping to play in the event before the action kicks off. Satellites are running all the way through June, or at least until the final seat is awarded and that cap is reached.