30 Players Have Committed To Playing $1 Million Buy-In EventPublished on April 12th, 2012 2:27 pm EST
According to WSOP.com, 30 players have already committed to playing in the "Big One for One Drop" event at this year's World Series of Poker.
These 30 players have already put up their $1 million buy-ins for the event, which means that the top prize is guaranteed to be at least $12.3 million. As ESPN.com notes, this is more than the $12 million that Jamie Gold won at the 2006 World Series of Poker main event.
Here is the complete list of the players who have already signed up for the event (some of the people are choosing to remain anonymous until the event starts):
1. Guy Laliberte
2. Phil Ruffin
3. Andy Beal
4. Montreal private citizen group (Sean O'Donnell)
5. Loto-Quebec/Casino Montreal seat
6. Cary Katz
7. Paul Newey
8. Richard Yong
9. Erik Seidel
10. Anonymous (US Venture Capitalist)
11. Anonymous (European Hedge Fund Manager)
12. Anonymous (U.S. Hedge Fund Manager)
13. Anonymous (French Businessman)
14. Caesars Entertainment Seat
15. Caesars Entertainment via Satellite
16. MGM Mirage Satellite Seat
17. Bobby Baldwin
18. Patrik Antonius
19. Gus Hansen
20. Daniel Negreanu
21. Johnny Chan
22. Tom Dwan
23. Tony Guoga
24. Jonathan Duhamel
25. Bertrand Grospellier
26. Daniel Shak
27. Justin Smith
28. Bob Bright
29. Arnaud Mimran
30. Paul Phua
There is a cap of 48 players for this event, and tournament organizers expect all 48 spots to be filled by the time that July 1st rolls around.
As mentioned, the buy-in for this event is $1,000,000. The event is rake-free, with $111,111 of each entry going to the ONE DROP project.
As of this moment, the prize pool is already over $26 million, with an estimated $12,266,668 going to the winner. If the tournaments hits its 48 player cap, the winner may walk away with over $18 million.
The Big One for One Drop event will run from July 1st-3rd at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Source: WSOP.com - Big One for One Drop To Award Largest Prize in Poker History
Filed Under: The World Series of Poker