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(pokernews.com) – In 2012, the Big One for ONE DROP changed the poker landscape by offering a $1-million buy-in tournament, the biggest in poker history. It was such a massive affair that it was deemed too much to hold every year. Instead, a plan was instituted to hold it every other year, and in between to offer the$111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP.
In 2013, the inaugural $111,111 High Roller for ONE DROP attracted 166 players and was eventually won by Tony Gregg for $4,830,619. Attendance was down a bit for the second edition of the tournament, but still 135 players turned up to create a $14,249,925 prize pool, which will be distributed to the top 16 players with the eventual winner set to take home $3,989,985.
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The man best positioned to make a run at it after 14 levels of play on Day 1 is last year’s Big One for ONE DROP champ Daniel Colman, who bagged up the top stack among the 46 surviving players with 1.955 million. Others still in contention include Sorel Mizzi (1.935 million), Phil Hellmuth (1.395 million), and Ben “Bttech86” Tollerene (1.08 million), just to name a few.
Top 10 Day 1 Chip Counts
The story of the day was the 2015 WSOP debut of Phil Ivey, who had finally arrived from Macau.
Unfortunately for Ivey, his stay was short and not so sweet. Early on, Ivey clashed with Brian Hastings, who has won two bracelets this summer, and saw his stack take a hit as a result.
Others who fell on Day 1 were the original Big One for ONE DROP champ Antonio Esfandiari; reigning WSOP Main Event champ Martin Jacobson; 2012 WSOP champ Greg Merson; two-time WSOP Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu; and the defending champ, Gregg, who fell after running pocket sevens into Hastings’ nines.
The tournament, which raised more than $750,000 for the ONE DROP charity, will recommence at 1 p.m. local time on Monday with the plan to play down to a winner; however, a third day may be added if necessary.
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