No Swedes Signed Up for Most Expensive Poker Tournament Ever

No Swedes Signed Up for Most Expensive Poker Tournament Ever
A tournament with a massive one million dollar buy-in will be played during this year’s World Series of Poker, but so far no Swedish players have signed up for it.

The tournament is called Big One for One Drop, and the man behind the event is Cirque Du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté. $111 111 of each buy-in will go to Laliberté’s charity organization One Drop, which has the mission to fight poverty by supporting the access to water.

There is a 48-player cap for the event, which will be played July 1-3 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, and if all slots are filled the winner will get $15 million – the biggest prize in poker history.

Thirty players including big names such as Patrik Antonius, Tom Dwan and Daniel Negreanu have signed up, but no Swedish players have signed up yet.

Sweden’s most famous poker player, 21-year-old Viktor Blom from Ed will be making his debut at the WSOP this summer, but he recently expressed doubts about the WSOP Big One in an interview with the website PocketFives.

“I think it’s too much money for one tournament. Maybe it also takes away the prestige from the other smaller tournaments to have one with such a large buy-in,” Blom told PocketFives.

These are the players officially confirmed for the Big One:

1. Guy Laliberté

2. Phil Ruffin

3. Andy Beal

4. Montreal private citizen group (Sean O’Donnell)

5. Loto-Québec/Casino Montreal seat (Lottery scratch-off/live satellite)

6. Cary Katz

7. Paul Newey

8. Richard Yong

9. Erik Seidel

10. Anonymous – U.S. 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 June 30 $25,300 satellite at Rio

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 “ElkY” Grospellier

26. Daniel Shak

27. Justin Smith

28. Bob Bright

29. Arnaud Mimran

30. Paul Phua

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