Big One for One Drop: 15 Players on the Dinner Break3 years ago
Despite a big amount of money players had to put forward to be able to play in this event, they were certainly not shy to get their chips in the middle today, as from 31 who started the day today, only 15 of them are still alive at the dinner break.
Sam Trickett came into the day as a huge chip leader and he seemed well on the way to improve his second place finish in this event from 2012. However, cards were not so kind to him today, and he dropped back down to around 5.5 million from 13+ million he started the day with.
On the other hand, 2012 winner Antonio Esfandiari, who did not have much of a day yesterday, has been on a complete tear today, and will be coming back from the break as the chip leader. As unlikely as it may have seemed when the cards were first in the air, The Magician is actually in good shape for his title defense.
Others still in include Tom Hall, Scott Seiver, Daniel Negreanu, Daniel Colman, Tobias Reinkemeier, Phil Galfond as well as Gabe Kaplan. Currently nursing the shortest stack is Phil Ivey, but at least he is still in with the shot.
This is more than the less fortunate participants of this event could say, as 27 of them have been sent to the rail yesterday and today. It all started with David Einhorn, but Ivan Kurganov, Vanessa Selbst, Jason Mercier and Brain Rast were all in the contingent of players to depart yesterday.
Some of today’s busts include the founder of the event Guy Laliberte, Erik Seidel, Daniel 'Jungleman' Cates and John Juanda. Both qualifiers have also been eliminated. While Erick Lindgren fell in rather traditional way, after getting short stacked, the elimination of Connor Drinan was absolutely horrendous.
No ones allowed to talk about bad beats ever again cuz a player just lost A-A to A-A for 11 million chip pot at the other table. #OneDrop Phil Ivey;
Drinan got involved in a preflop raising war with Cary Katz and when all the chips ended up in the middle, it was a pot worth over 11 million chips. Both players turned over pocket Aces, but by the time river was dealt, Katz actually made hearts flush sending Drinan to the rail in a brutal fashion.PH Reality Show: thought I had $1 million, went over to buy into "One drop", but $130,000 that was supposed to be at cage wasn't there! Phil Hellmuth;
Phil Hellmuth ended up a no-show after information about his participation was confirmed and denied several times during the last night. Apparently, there has been some mix up with the finance, and since the Poker Brat waited the last minute to make up his mind, he will have to sit this one out.
The registration thus closed with 42 entries, creating the prize pool of $37,333,338. The One Drop Foundation will be receiving a donation in the amount of $4,666,662, certainly an amount that can help do a lot of good.
As for poker, eight places will be paid in this tournament, with smallest payout being $1.3 million, while there is $15.3 million reserved for the winner. Runner up will take home close to $8.3 million. That’s what the remaining fifteen will be battling for when they return. For Antonio, there is the added pressure, as he can put himself in a position that no player has ever been in: scoring back to back victories in the richest poker tournament ever held!
In case you want to remember some of the yesterday’s action at the tables, our own Laura and Rikard will quickly take you through it:
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