Big One For One Drop Ends With 37 Players; Brian Rast Leads
Posted at 23:14 2012-07-02 by Matthew Pitt
The focus of the world's poker media and indeed the media from “normal” outlets were firmly focussed on the goings on at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino yesterday as an extraordinary poker tournament was taking place.
The Big One for One Drop is a one off tournament that commands an astronomical buy-in of $1,000,000. That is not a typing error the tournament really did cost one million US dollars to enter! Amazingly 48 players stumped up the cash although only 37 of them would make it through to today's Day 2.
As you would expect with such a huge buy-in the field consisted mainly of well-known poker players and multi-millionaire businessmen, each of them vying for the almost unbelievable first place prize of $18,346,673. Whoever wins this gargantuan amount will instantly become the most winningest poker player of all time and will also go into the record books as the winner of the biggest sporting prize (excluding boxing). It really is an amazing tournament, made even more so by the fact $111,111 from each buy-in was given to the One Drop charity set up by Guy Laliberte.
Leading the way at the end of Day 1 is double World Series of Poker bracelet winner Brian Rast, who managed to turn his 3,000,000 starting stack into a tournament leading 10,710,000. Rast won the $1,500 Pot Limit Hold'em and $50,000 Poker Players Championship at last year's WSOP and is certainly used to playing for huge sums of money in Las Vegas cash games but this tournament is something else altogether.
Chasing Rast down are the likes of 12-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth (8,395,000), businessman Frederic Banjout, Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari (6,880,000) and the man who won his seat to this event for $25,000 yesterday evening “The Great Dane” Gus Hansen (6,800,000). Of course there over 30 more talented individuals but we cannot list them all here right now!
When play resumes at 12:00 Las Vegas time the 37 hopefuls will sit down, un-bag and re-stack their chips and play until only the nine-handed final table remains. Each of these nine will then be guaranteed at least $1,109,333 for their efforts and will be just eight players away from the biggest poker prize in the history of the game.
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