The 43rd annual World Series Of Poker is underway in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one particular event of the 61 total events has the poker world buzzing. It’s the one million dollar buy-in tournament known as “The Big One for One Drop” that will be held July 1-3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Each year the best poker players in the world, as well as a bunch of “muppet” players, get together in Las Vegas to participate in several varieties of tournaments. Poker players all around the world dream all year long about having a shot at winning one of these events, the money that comes with it, and the presitgous bracelet for the win as well. These events range from $1000 buy-in events, to the 50k buy-in Players Championship that features playing eight different games throughout the tournament. This year also offers a tourney that has never been played. A world-record breaking tourney.
The 55th event this year will be a one million dollar entry featuring roughly 40-50 players. Aside from the outragously large buy-in, the event also helps with Guy Laliberte’s foundation, “One Drop,” which benefits places and people in need of clean water. Laliberte is also the founder of the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Laliberte’ will also be playing in the event.
From each entry fee, $111,111 will be donated to “One Drop” with a goal of raising enough money for a legacy project that will help a country with access to clean water. Yes, over 100k from each person. Poker players are regularly involved in charitable work.
Some of the players registered for the event are the worlds best poker players, some are international Hedge Funders, and some are just filthy rich business men. Here are a few of the notable players to keep an eye on come July when this tournament is broadcasted live on ESPN.
Phil Ivey – Ivey is the Michael Jordan of the poker world. With 8 WSOP bracelets and millions in tournament earnings, Ivey is regarded as the best player on the planet by the majority of the poker community. Aside from world-class tournament success, Ivey has consistently beat the highest cash games around for millions. If there is anything that will bring out Ivey’s “A” game, it is this million dollar event.
Tom Dwan – If Ivey is Air Jordan, Tom Dwan is LeBron James. Known as “Durrrr” (his online poker name) Dwan (shown in the picture above) was one of the first players to make millions online by dominating multiple forms of heads-up poker. Durrrr was also one of the first players to display genius and freakish amounts of aggression, mirroring the freakish athleticism of LeBron James. Like LeBron and Jordan, Dwan is not nearly as decorated as Ivey, but Dwan has all the skills and money to make runs at hardware and bracelets.
Jason Mercier – Mercier is ranked number one in ESPN’s poker player Power Rankings, and rightfully so. Ivey took a break from poker for several months and Mercier was the beneficiary. Mercier has won big tournaments all around the world and also has two WSOP bracelets to his name. Jason’s career earnings exceed five million dollars. The Florida native is a die-hard Miami Heat fan. Let us now see if Jason and/or LeBron can rise to the occasion and win the respected championships of their craft.
This event will pay-out 20% of the field, and first place is expected to collect somewhere in the range of 12-15 millions dollars. Talk about “winning.”
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