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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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Team Europe Wins Caesars Cup

by | Published: Monday, April 15th, 2013

Team Europe, led by Sam Trickett, has defeated Team Asia-Pacific and Team Americas to win the Caesars Cup at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific at the Crown Casino in Melbourne.

Team Europe defeated Team Asia-Pacific two legs to one to qualify for the final before defeating the reigning champions Team Americas to win their second Caesars Cup title.

Team Americas were heavy favorites heading into the final but went down a leg early when the star studded team of Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari lost to Trickett and World Series of Poker bracelet winner Dominik Nitsche.

The equally impressive team of Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth were able to tie the series up when they defeated Phillip Gruissem and Marvin Rettenmaier to take it to a decider.

The heads-up battle between Sam Holden and 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Merson was extremely tight but Holden won a coin-flip hand that put him in the position to win the leg and the Caesars Cup for Team Europe.

Team Europe has now won two of the three editions of the popular team event, adding to the inaugural title that they won during the 2009 World Series of Poker Europe.

Gruissem had a stellar day on Sunday adding a victory in the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific $50,000 Re-Entry High Roller to the Caesars Cup crown.

Although the event wasn’t for a World Series of Poker bracelet Gruissem was still happy to score the first place prize of $825,000.

There is only one event left to be decided in the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific – the $10,000 Main Event.

Poker superstar Daniel Negreanu is the chip leader heading into the final table but he faces stiff competition from a host of local talent and Russell Thomas who has incredibly made his second World Series of Poker Main Event final table in less than a year.

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World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event Begins

by | Published: Friday, April 12th, 2013

The stellar World Series of Poker Asia Pacific form of poker superstars Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey has continued in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event with the pair among the chip leaders after the opening day of the tournament.

Negreanu is currently the unofficial chip leader with 136,050 in chips while Ivey is sitting in sixth place with 123,300.

This comes just days after the two did battle at the final table of the $2,200 Mixed Event that saw Ivey win his ninth World Series of Poker bracelet.

Other leading players sitting comfortably in the top 100 are Brandon Wong (11th), Sam Trickett (24th), Brandon Cantu (34th), Greg Merson (38th), Nam Le (48th), Barry Greenstein (63rd), Jake Balsiger (77th), Jeremy Ausmus (80th) and Jackie Glazier (97th).

Bertrand Grospellier was the most high profile player to be sent to the rail and was joined by 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Jesse Sylvia.

The World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event action continues today.

Hachem Finalizes Caesars Cup Team

2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem selected Shane Warne, Andrew Hinrichsen and Richard Yong to fill out Team Asia Pacific that will compete in the Caesars Cup.

Shane Warne may not be the most recognizable name in the poker world but is one of Australia’s most well-known athletes.

Warne finished his test cricket career as the leading wicket-taker of all-time and is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game.

Although he hasn’t quiet been able to repeat these heroics on the felt he did finish third in the 2010 Victorian Poker Championships $10,000 High Stakes Event.

Richard Yong is a high-stakes tournament specialist who finished eighth in the 2012 Big One For One Drop tournament and is reported to play in the ultra-high stakes poker games in Macau.

After competing at that level there is no doubt Yong can handle the pressure of the Caesars Cup.

Andrew Hinrichesen has been a consistent tournament performer for a number of years and took home a World Series of Poker bracelet for his victory in the 2011 WSOP Europe €1,000 No Limit Hold’em event.

Team Europe Captain Sam Trickett is yet to announce his team.

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2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific News Update

by | Published: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The poker action is flowing thick and fast at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific with all of the bracelet events before the Main Event now underway.

Ivey and Negreanu Dominate $2,200 Mixed Event Final Table

Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu head into the final table of the $2,200 Mixed Event at the WSOP Asia Pacific with almost half the chips currently remaining in play.

Ivey and Negreanu completely controlled day two of the event and both will be confident they can add to their collection of World Series of Poker bracelets.

Ivey currently has a slight chip lead with 144,300 while Negreanu (129,000) is well ahead of Brandon Wong who is in third place (86,100).

Yesterday’s event was highlighted by a running verbal battle between Ivey and Phil Hellmuth.

Negreanu couldn’t hide his delight at the banter being shared by the two poker legends.

“TV cameras are missing gold right now,” Negreanu posted on Twitter.

“Ivey needling Hellmuth is some solid material.”

The final table of the tournament will commence today and we keep you up to date with all the action.

Piccioli Wins First Ever WSOP Asia Pacific Bracelet

Bryan Piccioli became the first person to win a World Series of Poker bracelet in Australia when he claimed victory in the $1,100 “Accumulator” event yesterday.

Piccioli overcame a strong final table including 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel and 2012 ‘October Niner’ Jeremy Ausmus to take home the $211,575 first place prize.

The Accumulator was considered a successful format and may makes its debut in the Las Vegas version of the World Series of Poker in the next few years.

Collopy Wins $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Event

Jim Collopy defeated a strong final table including Dan Shak and Marvin Rettenmaier to win the $1,650 Pot-Limit Omaha Event at the 2013 World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.

Shak and Rettenmaier were both aiming to win their first-ever World Series of Poker bracelet but fell short finishing in fifth and ninth respectively.

Collopy claimed his first World Series of Poker bracelet and his first tournament victory since his win in the $2,250 Pot Limit Omaha event at the 2012 Aussie Millions.

Hachem Puts Together Caesars Cup Team

2005 World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Joe Hachem selected Jeff Lisandro and Jackie Glazier as the first two members of Team Asia-Pacific for the 2013 Caesars Cup.

Lisandro has won five World Series of Poker bracelets, including an incredible run of three bracelets in 2009, while Jackie Glazier is considered the first lady of Australian Poker.

Hachem will name the final two members of his team over the next few days while captain of Team Europe, Sam Trickett, is waiting to the last possible minute to reveal his plans.

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Ivey Announces American Caesars Cup Team

by | Published: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Phil Ivey has announced the Team Americas squad that will compete in the 2013 Caesars Cup that will take place during the inaugural World Series of Poker Asia Pacific, which is being held at the Crown Casino in Melbourne, Australia.

Ivey named his squad, featuring some of the biggest names in poker, on his Facebook page on Friday.

“Proud to be World Series of Poker (WSOP) APAC Caesars Cup captain,” Ivey posted.

“Here are my picks: Phil Hellmuth, Greg Merson, Daniel Negreanu and Antonio Esfandiari.”

The 2013 Caesars Cup will be a three way battle with Team Americas taking on a European squad (led by Sam Trickett) and a hometown squad featuring some of the best players from Australia and the Pacific region that will be captained by Joe Hachem.

Hachem and Trickett are yet to name their squads for the event that will take place this Sunday.

The Caesars Cup is very similar to golf’s Ryder Cup with players doing battle to score points for their teams in a variety of different formats.

The first leg will be a team match with two players from each team pairing up and must alternate making decisions on his street of a every single hand.

The second leg will feature two players from each team doing battle in synchronized heads-up games with players having to share the same chip stack.

This format will make for some very interesting and possibly frank strategic discussions between teammates.

If the series is tied after these two legs and four players will take on members of the opposing teams in straight heads-up matches.

A number of the players taking part in the Caesars Cup are currently taking part in the $2,200 Mixed Event at the World Series of Poker Asia Pacific.

Ivey and Negreanu managed to advance to the second day of the event but Hellmuth and Hachem were eliminated on the opening day.

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