Ivey, Dwan Among 48 Players Registered for $1 Million Buy-in The Big One for One Drop

  • Peter Abraham
Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan

On Sunday, July 1, the World Series of Poker will host The Big One, a $1 million buy-in tournament that will benefit the One Drop foundation. Among those who are confirmed to take a seat at the blue-felted tables are Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, Bobby Baldwin, Daniel Negreanu, and Erik Seidel.

The event will run from July 1 through 3 and is capped at 48 players. It will be live-streamed on WSOP.com and televised on ESPN. The final day of the charity tournament will be broadcast live on ESPN 2 at 4:00 p.m. EDT and then on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. EDT until its conclusion.

The One Drop foundation was created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte. From each buy-in, 11.1 percent, or $111,111, will be donated to the One Drop foundation, meaning that more than $5.5 million will be donated from the buy-ins.

The tournament is rake free, so $888,889 of the buy-in will be placed directly in the prize pool. Players will begin with 3 million in chips and the tournament will pay out the top nine spots. The winner will receive a WSOP platinum bracelet.

PlayerOccupationResidence
Bobby BaldwinChief Design and Construction Officer, MGM Resorts Intl.Las Vegas, NV
Frederic BanjoutCEO, Eden ShoesParis, France
Bob BrightCEO, Bright Trading, LLCLas Vegas, NV
Ilya BulchevBusinessmanMoscow, Russia
Roland De WolfeProfessional Poker PlayerLondon, England
Tom DwanProfessional Poker PlayerEdison, NJ
Jonathan DuhamelProfessional Poker PlayerMontreal, QC, Canada
David EinhornU.S. Hedge Fund ManagerRye, New York
Antonio EsfandiariProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Phil GalfondProfessional Poker PlayerPotomac, MD
Bertrand GrospellierProfessional Poker PlayerParis, France
Philipp GruissemProfessional Poker PlayerGermany
Giovanni GuarascioBusinessmanMontreal, Canada
Phil IveyProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Eugene KatchalovProfessional Poker PlayerNew York, NY
Cary KatzCEO, College Loan CorporationLas Vegas, NV
Jens KyllönenProfessional Poker PlayerFinland
Guy LalibertéFounder, Cirque de SoleilMontreal, QC, Canada
Ben LambProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Tom MarcheseProfessional Poker PlayerParsippanny, NJ
Jason MercierProfessional Poker PlayerDavie, FL
Michael MizrachiProfessional Poker PlayerMiami, FL
John MorganCEO, Winmark CorporationMinneapolis, MN
Daniel NegreanuProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Paul NeweyChairman, New Wave VenturesDorset, United Kingdom
Chamath PalihapitiyaVenture CapitalistBurlingame, CA
Bill PerkinsOwner, Small Ventures (Private Equity)Houston, TX
Paul PhuaAsian BusinessmanMiri, Malaysia
Brian RastProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Vivek RajkumarProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Tobias ReinkemeierProfessional Poker PlayerBrighton, Germany
Andrew RoblProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Phil RuffinOwner, Treasure Island ResortLas Vegas, NV
Rick SalomonFilm ProducerLos Angeles, CA
Nick SchulmanProfessional Poker PlayerNew York, NY
Noah SchwartzProfessional Poker PlayerMiami, FL
Erik SeidelProfessional Poker PlayerLas Vegas, NV
Mike SextonProfessional Poker Player/CommentatorLas Vegas, NV
Dan ShakFounder, SHK Asset ManagementPhiladelphia, PA
Talal ShakerchiEuropean Hedge Fund ManagerSurrey, England
Mikhail SmirnovBusinessman/Poker PlayerMoscow, Russia
Justin SmithProfessional Poker PlayerLos Angeles, CA
Brandon StevenBusinessman/Car Dealer OwnerWichita, KS
Sam TrickettProfessional Poker PlayerEast Retford, England
Haralabos VoulgarisProfessional Sports HandicapperWinnipeg, Canada (Lotto seat)
Richard YongAsian BusinessmanKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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*According to our live reporting, Gus Hansen and Phil Hellmuth are the winners of these satellites.

According to the World Series of Poker, the participant list will become 100% official after the completion of Level 4 of The Big One for One Drop on Sunday. Until then, the list is subject to change.

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