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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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