From the famous Amazon Room at the 2014 World Series of Poker, 42 professional poker players and big-time businessmen took their seats at the second ever $1M buy-in Big One For One Drop Tournament.
Just like the name, everything about Event #57 is big. The chipstacks, the money at stake and the superstars at every table all vying for the $15M+ first place prize. Sure, the tournament didn’t sell out as expected and, yea, it’s not the forecasted biggest first place prize in history, but that did not stop spectators from lining up 5 people deep just to get a glimpse of the nosebleed action.
Everest Poker lead ambassador Sam Trickett holds the chiplead headed into Day 2, but all eyes are on the man just two spots behind him – the always dangerous 10-time bracelet winner Phil Ivey.
Defending and returning champ Antonio Esfandiari jumped up into 5th position behind Daniel Colman before the night was through, exercising patience until he could double through Dan Smith.
Other marquee name like Noah Schwartz, Rick Salomon, “Doc” Sands, Phil Galfond and Daniel Negreanu round out the top 10.
Even the list of people who blew through their chips is a who’s who of poker: Jason Mercier, “King” Dan Smith, Brian Rast and Philipp Gruissem were just a few of the 11 who have to deal with losing an absolutely enormous amount of money in a single day.
Both of the $25K One Drop satellite winners, Connor Drinan and Erick Lindgren, survived the day getting to hold on to that surreal feeling of binking entry into a $1M tourney for a fraction of the price. Here, Drinan talks with PokerNews about his strategy for taking down the One Drop.
While the majority of players are focused on winning the tournament, One Drop founder and tournament participant Guy Laliberte is just happy that the high-rolling tournament has reaped rewards for the charity, hopefully passing along much needed clean water to those in need.
Here Guy talks with Bluff Magazine's Thomas Keeling about how the event is a “great achievement” despite not selling out this year.
All the action of Day 2 gets underway with 10 minutes left in level 9 at 1pm PST.