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23 Top Players Confirmed for WSOP $1 Million One Drop

by | Published: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

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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Jesse Martin Wins First Bracelet at 2013 World Series of Poker

by | Published: Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Jesse Martin outplayed a star-studded final table to win the $10,000 No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw event at the 2013 World Series of Poker and his first gold bracelet.

The No Limit Deuce-to-Seven Single Draw tournament always draws a strong field and 2013 was no exception with eighty-seven of the world’s best poker players taking part.

The final table was always going to be tough but the talent that remained in the tournament on the final day was ridiculous with fifteen combined WSOP bracelets and millions of dollars of prizemoney spread across the table.

Six-time World Series of Poker winner Layne Flack was a clear chip leader heading into the final table but was eliminated in fifth place and was quickly followed to the rail by Jon Turner and 2009 WSOP Player of the Year Jeff Lisandro.

Both Konstantin Puchkov and David Bakes have already qualified for final tables during the 2013 World Series of Poker but both fell narrowly short of victory once again with Martin claiming the first place prize of $253,524.

Martin has recorded a number of consistent results at the World Series and his first bracelet victory was well deserved.

In other action on an exciting day at the World Series Sandeep Pulusani overcame a seven to one heads-up chip disadvantage to win his maiden WSOP bracelet.

Second place looked likely for Pulusani but he refused to concede the title to Niall Farrell and dodged several all-ins to produce a remarkable comeback.

The first place prize of $592,684 was easily the biggest prize of his career and easily justified his decision to move to Las Vegas to play professional poker.

Canadian players have been the big story of the 2013 World Series of Poker but Norbert Szecsi picked up a win for the Europeans by taking out the latest $1,000 No Limit Hold’em tournament.

The Hungarian online poker specialist wasted little time taking out the title with the final table lasting only a few hours.

At only twenty-two years of age Szecsi has a very big poker career in front of him and the first place prize of $345,037 is a major boost to his bankroll.

The second day of the $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold’em event is underway with the eighty remaining players battling it out for the massive prize pool of $17,891,148.

Brandon Steven is the current chip lead but there are plenty of talented players left in the event.

 


WPT World Championship Final Table Set!

by | Published: Friday, May 24th, 2013

It took only two hours of play on day five of the 2013 World Poker Tour World Championship for the televised final table to be set.

The in-form Daniel Negreanu was the short-stack for the majority of the last two days of the tournament but fell narrowly short of qualifying for the televised final table when he was eliminated by close friend Erick Lindgren.

Negreanu was clearly disappointed but was still able to take home his third six figure cash of the year after winning the WSOP APAC Main Event and finishing fourth in the European Poker Tour Grand Final Main Event.

All eyes will be on Lindgren when the televised final table kicks off later tonight.

Not only is the thirty-six-year-old attempting to join Gus Hansen and Carlos Mortensen as the only players to have won three World Poker Tour titles but the first place prize of $1,150,297 is sure to help pay off some of the gambling debts that saw Lindgren end up in a rehab clinic for gambling addiction at the end of last year.

Lindgren (3,355,000) is currently sitting in second place behind chip leader Chino Rheem who holds 5,495,000 in chips.

Rheem has a wealth of final table experience in the world’s biggest tournaments after finishing seventh in the 2008 World Series of Poker Main Event and winning the $20,000 six-handed no-limit hold’em event in the Epic Poker League.

Lindgren isn’t the only former World Poker Tour champion at the table with Jonathan Roy holding 1,900,000 in chips.

Roy won the World Poker Tour Montreal event at the end of 2012 and won the € 2,000 No Limit Hold’em 8 Max Turbo Bounty at the 2012 European Poker Tour Grand Final.

This is Roy’s second major final table of the year after he finished fourth in the 2013 Pokerstars Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure Main Event.

Rounding out the final table are David Peters (1,085,000), Brandon Steven (1,210,000) and Matt Hyman (1,560,000).

All three are experienced tournament poker players who have all cashed for large amounts at the World Series of Poker, making this one of the toughest final table fields in the history of the World Poker Tour.

You can stay up to date with all the action from the final table here at Poker.com.


Twenty-Four Players Remain in WPT World Championship

by | Published: Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Amir Babakhani finished day three of the World Poker Tour World Championship as chip leader and is on track to become only the second player in history to win back-to-back WPT titles.

Babakhani has 1,220,000 in chips followed by Brandon Steven (1,091,000), Matt Hyman (1,042,000), Hyon Kim (891,000) and A.P. Phahurat (878,000).

If Babakhani is able to convert his chip lead into victory he will join Marvin Rettenmaier as the only player to win two World Poker Tour tournaments in a row after his breakthrough victory in the WPT Canadian Spring Championship earlier this month.

It will be a tricky assignment for Babakhani as there are still a number of leading players left in the hunt for the WPT World Championship.

Daniel Negreanu is currently in the best form of his life and recovered from a disappointing day two to finish day three in the top twenty.

The Canadian currently holds 444,000 and still has a great deal of work to do but with a World Series of Poker Bracelet and a top four finish in the European Poker Tour Grand Final it would take a brave man to bet against him.

One of the big stories of the tournament has been the run of Erick Lindgren who has only just re-joined the tournament poker circuit after a stint in rehab to treat his gambling addicition.

Lindgren dominated the lead-up events to the Main Event, winning the $ 1,500 No Limit Hold’em event for $ 39,722 and finishing third in the $ 1,000 No Limit Hold’em.

Lindgren is currently sitting just outside the top ten but has an excellent opportunity to win his third World Poker Tour Title and announce his return as a serious tournament contender.

Other big name players still in the hunt include Jason Mercier and Dan Shak while Phil Hellmuth, Antonio Esfandiari,Ben Lamb , Mike Linster and Matt Salsberg were all eliminated.

Day four of the World Poker Tour World Championship is already underway and you can stay up to date with all the action here at Poker.Com.

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