WSOP Big One for One Drop Final Table Officially SetTuesday, July 3rd, 2012 by Ryan
The largest tournament in the history of poker is not only in the money going into Tuesday, but it’s also at it’s final table as well. The 2012 World Series of Poker features a tournament with a $1 million buy-in called the Big One for One Drop, and it began with a capped field of 48 players featuring some of the biggest names in the poker world as well as some incredibly big named businessmen as well. When Tuesday’s action began, it was finally down to only eight players remaining, and these players had already made it into the money and are getting a pay day worth over $1 million each at a minimum. While the players have hit the big pay day, there is still a ton of work to do for everyone involved as the first place prize will be an incredible $18 million. This final table features some great players as well as some excellent amateurs that you may not know off the top of your head.
To start off the action, the two chip leaders were Antonio Esfandiari and Sam Trickett, who hold 39.925 million chips, and 37 million chips. The official final table will feature eight players, but Mike Sexton, who was sent home in 9th place still received a nice pay day of more than $1.1 million for his run. The toughest out though goes to Ilya Bulychev, who is the official bubble boy for this tournament, as he was sent home in 10th place when he moved all-in pre-flop with Q-6 of diamonds from the small blind and was up against the K-7 of Trickett. While Bulychev had a flush draw on the flop, he was unable to hit anything to double up and was sent home short of the money. It’s the biggest bubble in the history of poker, and one that absolutely had to be hard to swallow for him.
The other remaining players feature Guy Laliberte, who is the creator and CEO of Cirque du Soleil and was the create of this event with 21.7 million chips, Brian Rast who is a professional poker player with 11.35 million chips, Phil Hellmuth “The Poker Brat” who holds the record for winning 12 gold bracelets with 10.925 million chips, David Einhorn, who is the Greenlight Capital Founder and President with 8.375 million chips, Richard Yong who is a Chinese businessman with 7.475 million chips, and last but not least is Bobby Baldwin who is the CEO of the MGM-Mirage with 7.15 million chips.
The final table is currently underway, and the action is being aired on ESPN2 and ESPN3 for poker fans to watch at 4:00pm EST, and then will move over to ESPN and ESPN3 at 8:00pm EST. This final table should be one of the most followed and interesting final tables in history, so make sure that you tune in to see which player takes down the largest grand prize in the history of poker tournaments.