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.
|Bobby Baldwin||Chief Design and Construction Officer, MGM Resorts Intl.||Las Vegas, NV|
|Frederic Banjout||CEO, Eden Shoes||Paris, France|
|Bob Bright||CEO, Bright Trading, LLC||Las Vegas, NV|
|Ilya Bulchev||Businessman||Moscow, Russia|
|Roland De Wolfe||Professional Poker Player||London, England|
|Tom Dwan||Professional Poker Player||Edison, NJ|
|Jonathan Duhamel||Professional Poker Player||Montreal, QC, Canada|
|David Einhorn||U.S. Hedge Fund Manager||Rye, New York|
|Antonio Esfandiari||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Phil Galfond||Professional Poker Player||Potomac, MD|
|Bertrand Grospellier||Professional Poker Player||Paris, France|
|Philipp Gruissem||Professional Poker Player||Germany|
|Giovanni Guarascio||Businessman||Montreal, Canada|
|Phil Ivey||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Eugene Katchalov||Professional Poker Player||New York, NY|
|Cary Katz||CEO, College Loan Corporation||Las Vegas, NV|
|Jens Kyllönen||Professional Poker Player||Finland|
|Guy Laliberté||Founder, Cirque de Soleil||Montreal, QC, Canada|
|Ben Lamb||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Tom Marchese||Professional Poker Player||Parsippanny, NJ|
|Jason Mercier||Professional Poker Player||Davie, FL|
|Michael Mizrachi||Professional Poker Player||Miami, FL|
|John Morgan||CEO, Winmark Corporation||Minneapolis, MN|
|Daniel Negreanu||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Paul Newey||Chairman, New Wave Ventures||Dorset, United Kingdom|
|Chamath Palihapitiya||Venture Capitalist||Burlingame, CA|
|Bill Perkins||Owner, Small Ventures (Private Equity)||Houston, TX|
|Paul Phua||Asian Businessman||Miri, Malaysia|
|Brian Rast||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Vivek Rajkumar||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Tobias Reinkemeier||Professional Poker Player||Brighton, Germany|
|Andrew Robl||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Phil Ruffin||Owner, Treasure Island Resort||Las Vegas, NV|
|Rick Salomon||Film Producer||Los Angeles, CA|
|Nick Schulman||Professional Poker Player||New York, NY|
|Noah Schwartz||Professional Poker Player||Miami, FL|
|Erik Seidel||Professional Poker Player||Las Vegas, NV|
|Mike Sexton||Professional Poker Player/Commentator||Las Vegas, NV|
|Dan Shak||Founder, SHK Asset Management||Philadelphia, PA|
|Talal Shakerchi||European Hedge Fund Manager||Surrey, England|
|Mikhail Smirnov||Businessman/Poker Player||Moscow, Russia|
|Justin Smith||Professional Poker Player||Los Angeles, CA|
|Brandon Steven||Businessman/Car Dealer Owner||Wichita, KS|
|Sam Trickett||Professional Poker Player||East Retford, England|
|Haralabos Voulgaris||Professional Sports Handicapper||Winnipeg, Canada (Lotto seat)|
|Richard Yong||Asian Businessman||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia|
|*Satellite Winner||$25,300 Mega Satellite – June 30 at Rio||(name) TBD|
|*Satellite Winner||MGM Resorts International VIP winner - June 30||(name) TBD|
*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.
PokerNews will be providing in-depth updates of The Big One for One Drop on Sunday, as well as the just concluded $25,300 Mega Satellite.
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