Countdown to the 2012 WSOP: Big One for OneDrop
There is a lot of talk regarding this tournament, with players and poker fans wanting to know all of the details, as well as speculating on the overall field-size, future of the tournament, and what this tournament may do to poker going forward.
How many players will enter?
The number on everybody’s mind (besides the prize-pool and the unprecedented amount of cash the winner will walk away with) is how many people will enter the tournament? Well as it now stands there is close to 40 confirmed participants in the event:
1. Guy Laliberté
2. Phil Ruffin
3. Andy Beal
4. Montreal private citizen group (Sean O’Donnell)
5. Cary Katz
6. Paul Newey
7. Richard Yong
8. Erik Seidel
9. Anonymous – U.S. venture capitalist
10. Anonymous – European hedge fund manager
11. Anonymous – U.S. hedge fund manager
12. Anonymous – French businessman
13. Caesars Entertainment seat
14. Caesars Entertainment via June 30 $25,300 satellite at Rio
15. MGM Mirage satellite seat
16. Bobby Baldwin
17. Patrik Antonius
18. Gus Hansen
19. Daniel Negreanu
20. Johnny Chan
21. Tom Dwan
22. Tony Guoga
23. Jonathan Duhamel
24. Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
25. Daniel Shak
26. Justin Smith
27. Bob Bright
28. Arnaud Mimran
29. Paul Phua
30. Andrew Robl
31. Sam Trickett
32. Carlos Nahas (Grand Tournoi de Poker Loto-Quebec satellite winner)
33. Jens Kyllonen
34. Phil Hellmuth (80% likely)
With this many players already known it seems reasonable to believe the event will come near or reach the 48-player cap set.
Will this be a recurring event at the WSOP?
The WSOP hasn’t ruled out any possibility when it comes to the $1,000,000 One Drop tournament being played at future WSOP’s. Anything from a yearly, to a bi-yearly, to every four years has been kicked around, but in the end they want to wait and see how the inaugural event goes before making any long-term commitments.
My guess is that after the WSOP the people whose opinions matter will sit down and decide to make the One Drop event (or something similar) a once every four or five years occurrence. Although I fully expect to see a $100k event added to the WSOP schedule next year.
What kind of exposure will the winner receive?
The question I’m curious about is whether or not the winner of the One Drop tournament overshadows the Main Event? With the richest prize in poker history expected to be handed out to the One Drop winner, coupled with the remarkable bu0-in and the charity aspect of the event, it’s a real possibility that the 2012 WSOP Main Event winner gets overshadowed.
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