On Tuesday, the World Series of Poker announced 11 more entrants for the highly anticipated Big One for One Drop, a $1 million buy-in tournament taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from June 29 through July 1.
Thirty players had confirmed their participation when the WSOP released its updated list in May. The latest additions bring the total to 41, just 15 shy of the 56-player cap.
If the field reaches 56, the first-place prize will be more than $20 million.
Among the latest to throw their hats in the ring is a second Canadian name for the list: PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu. The other player from our side of the border is Guy Laliberté — one-time street performer, now founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil and founder of the One Drop Foundation with a net worth of $1.5 billion.
The 10 other additions to the roster are poker pros Greg Merson, Scott Seiver, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates, Daniel Colman, and Isaac Haxton, as well as businessmen and high roller tournament regulars Tom Hall and Talal Shakerchi, and Winmark Corporation CEO John Morgan.
Here's a look at the full list of confirmed players thus far:
|Max Altergott||Bobby Baldwin||Jean-Robert Bellande||Daniel Cates|
|Daniel Colman||David Einhorn||Antonio Esfandiari||Phil Galfond|
|Anthony Gregg||Philipp Gruissem||Tom Hall||Isaac Haxton|
|Niklas Heinecker||Phil Ivey||Igor Kurganov||Guy Laliberté|
|John Morgan||Jason Mercier||Greg Merson||Daniel Negreanu|
|Paul Newey||Doug Polk||Fabian Quoss||Vivek Rajkumar|
|Brian Rast||Tobias Reinkemeier||Andrew Robl||Noah Schwartz|
|Erik Seidel||Scott Seiver||Vanessa Selbst||Talal Shakerchi|
|Brandon Steven||Sam Trickett||Christoph Vogelsang||Anonymous Businessman|
|Anonymous Businessman||Anonymous Asian Businessman||Aria Resort Satellite Winner||Bellagio Resort Satellite Winner|
|WSOP Satellite Winner|
ESPN cameras will be present to catch every hand from start to finish during the three-day event, and the Worldwide Leader in Sports will air three consecutive weeks of two-hour coverage starting on Tuesday, July 15.
- July 15 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Day 1 and Day 2 action
- July 22 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Day 2 action and final-table bubble
- July 29 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Final-table action through to winner
“With the unthinkable stakes of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP and its colourful 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.
The Rio will host a $25,300 buy-in satellite on June 28 at 6 p.m. PST, and there will be mega satellites ranging from $200 to $3,750 running on June 26 and 27.