On Monday, ten new players were confirmed to play in the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP. Vanessa Selbst was among the list, making her the first ever woman to compete in the event.
Selbst is a surprise entrant for those whom remember the Team PokerStars Pro previously calling the one million dollar buy-in “ridiculous” when it was announced back in 2011.
“I think it is ridiculous it completely destroys the sanctity of the bracelets. It completely ruins the idea of poker stats. Everything has gotten out of hand already. I think $100k and $250k buy-in tournaments are stupid enough. High-roller tournaments are $25k, that’s enough, that’s what people can afford to play and that’s a high-roller event. The other events, if you want to buy in for higher than that, you can go do it on your own time, that’s fine, but not when it includes all the different stats and tracking and all that stuff. It really completely destroys the idea. It is ridiculous.”
Selbst seems to have now come around to the event, and couldn’t be more excited about participating. “I’m so excited to be taking part in The BIG ONE for ONE DROP this year.
I didn’t get to play in 2012, but after seeing how much fun everyone had with the event as well as how profound an impact it had on ONE DROP, I knew I had to be a part of it this time around.”
Selbst is joined by nine new players: Tony Gregg, Jean-Robert Bellande, Fabian Quoss, Max Altergott, Tobias Reinkemeier, Igor Kurganov, Christoph Vogelsang, Niklas Heinecker, and an “Anonymous Asian Businessman.”
Both Gregg and previously-announced Antonio Esfandiari have experience winning in the One Drop event. Gregg won the 2013 WSOP ONE DROP High Roller, outlasting a field of 166 players to earn $4,830,612. Esfandiari, who won the 2012 ONE DROP, finished fourth last year and pocketed $1,433,438.
The ten newly confirmed players now brings the total players confirmed for the event to 33 – more than half the 56-player cap. Seats are reserved on a first-come first-serve basis for the June 29 through July 1 scheduled event.
If the field reaches the seven-table threshold, the first-place prize will jump to more than $20,000,000.
The WSOP also announced that ESPN will be filming the event, catching every single hand from start to finish during the three-day event. The channel will also air three consecutive weeks of two-hour coverage starting on Tuesday, July 15.
- July 15 – 9-11 PM EST – Day 1 and Day 2 action
- July 22 – 9-11 PM EST – Day 2 action and final table bubble
- July 29 – 9-11 PM EST – Final table action through to winner
“With the unthinkable stakes of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP and its colorful mix of early committees, we are thrilled ESPN has embraced the opportunity to truly showcase a seminal moment for poker that just may yield the biggest first prize in sports television history,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.
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