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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