There still remains 101 days until the 2014 World Series of Poker $1 Million Big One for One Drop begins, yet nearly half of tournament has already sold out.
Caesars Interactive Entertainment announced on Wednesday that 23 entries have already been confirmed for the seven-figure bracelet event running from June 29 through July 1, and they are all returning players. Among them are former One Drop champion from 2012 Antonio Esfandiari, One Drop founder Guy Laliberte, and Phil Ivey.
“I can’t wait to defend my title,” Esfandiari said in a statement. “That event was life-changing, but so was my trip to El Salvador after it with the One Drop organization to see first-hand what a difference the money raised from this event can do for those in dire need of help.”
Team PokerStars Pro Jason Mercier is equally excited, but for a very different reason.
“I’m really excited to play this tournament again,” he told PokerNews. “And I’m looking forward to knocking out Antonio. If he wins, I may quit poker.”
This hostility stems from Esfandiari knocking out Mercier in the 2012 One Drop shock clash.
Laliberté echoes Esfandiari and Mercier, adding “The inaugural event made history and I look forward to another historic moment again this June… The support from the poker community continues to be just incredible.”
The players confirmed for the 2014 One Drop so far include: Antonio Esfandiari, Guy Laliberte, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Phil Galfond, Philipp Gruissem, Phil Ivey, Jason Mercier, Paul Newey, Bill Perkins, Vivek Rajkumar, Brian Rast, Andrew Robl, Erik Seidel, Brandon Steven, Sam Trickett, and Noah Schwartz.
The last event was capped at 48 and sold out, so the WSOP and One Drop decided to add another eight-handed table this year, bringing the cap to 56. If it happens to sell out again, the first place prize would reach $20 million. This is a first-come first-serve event, and those that provide a deposit will be guaranteed a seat.
Of the 23 confirmed entries so far, three are “anonymous businessmen” and the last three are satellite seats that will be offered at Aria, Bellagio, and the WSOP. In 2012, the $25,300 buy0in One Drop satellite attracted nearly 100 entries, with the winning spot going to Gus Hansen.
The WSOP and One Drop will also commence reaching out to new players that didn’t participate in 2012. All players at the 2014 WSOP are encouraged to donate one percent of their winnings to the One Drop Foundation, as they continue to improve lives in Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Burkina Faso, and beyond.
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Tom Schneider became the first player to win two WSOP bracelets at the 2013 World Series of Poker, with his win in the $5,000 H.O.R.S.E. event adding to his previous triumph in the $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. event last week.
In the space of less than a week Schneider has doubled his World Series of Poker bracelet collection and has joined a number of poker superstars, such as Mike Matusow, Huck Seed and Bobby Baldwin, as a four-time WSOP bracelet winner.
Schneider’s incredible run of success has given him the opportunity to break a number of World Series of Poker records.
Having already cashed on six occasions this summer he has the opportunity to break the “most cashes” record currently held by Konstantin Puchkov who cashed on twelve occasions during last year’s World Series of Poker.
On top of this Schneider is currently sitting second on the 2013 WSOP Player of the Year Leaderboard and if he is able to leapfrog current leader Daniel Negreanu will become the first player to win the award on two occasions after his previous triumph in 2007.
Schneider admitted to being exhausted at the conclusion of the tournament but said “there’s no rest for the weary” and plans on playing several more events.
In other World Series of Poker news Isaac Hagerling survived a torrid heads-up battle with Max Steinberg to win the $3,000 No-Limit Hold’em Mixed Max tournament.
Hagerling needed over 100 hands to defeat Steinberg but remained patient and took home the first place prize of $372,387 and his first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet.
The result was easily the biggest of Hagerling’s poker career whose previous best cash was $ 71,289 for winning the $1,000 No Limit Hold’em event at the 2011 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
The other bracelet winner yesterday at the 2013 World Series of Poker was Jason Duval who outlasted 2115 players to win the latest $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event.
Duval took home the first place prize of $521,202 (the second six figure cash of his career) after outlasting Majid Yahyaei in a heads-up battle that lasted over two hours.
It was a well-deserved victory for Duval who finished the opening day of the tournament as chip leader and was among the pace setters for the majority of the event.
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The roller coaster poker career of Mike Matusow took another turn yesterday with the forty-five-year-old winning his fourth WSOP bracelet in the Seven Card Stud Hi-Low Split-8 or Better event at the 2013 World Series of Poker.
The always controversial Matusow defeated a strong field of 210 players to win the $266,503 first-place prize as well as his first WSOP bracelet since his victory in the $5,000 No Limit Deuce to Seven Draw tournament at the 2008 World Series of Poker.
Matusow has had a tough past couple of years and despite being delighted with the victory had a few choice words for his critics in his post-tournament interview.
“Yeah, I’m f—king washed up. Yeah, right. F—k the haters,” Matusow said.
Matusow turned around a poor run of form with victory in the $20,000 NBC Heads-Up Championship earlier this year and said he is happy with his current form.
“The last three tournaments have just been amazing,” Matusow said.
“I’m playing at a really high level again.
“I felt like I was the best player at the table the whole way.”
Matusow joined poker legends such as Amarillo Slim Preston and Bobby Baldwin as four-time WSOP bracelet winners and believes he deserves to join the pair in the Poker Hall of Fame.
“I really think I belong in the Poker Hall of Fame,” Matusow said.
“If you look at my record, I’m right up there.”
It is fairly clear Matusow hasn’t lost any of his trademark confidence and predicted he will continue to excel for the remainder of the 2013 World Series of Poker.
“When my heads-on straight, I really believe I’m the best in the world,” Matusow said.
“Nobody can beat me when I’m playing my A-game.
“My next goal is to win another.”