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The Big One For One Drop Begins Today

By , Rakeback.com Poker News Editor

Today, the World Series of Poker is holding the largest buy-in poker tournament in history. The "Big One For One Drop" has a $1 million entry fee and $111,111 of each buy-in goes directly to One Drop - a charity dedicated to bringing clean water to poor areas of the world.

The event has a cap at 48 players, and all 48 spots have been taken. Whoever wins the event will win a record-setting $18,346,673 first-place prize and a platinum WSOP bracelet.

Some of the participants are independently wealthy while others proved themselves through live tournaments or playing online, and thus they were able to find backing for the $1 million.

The 48 players (in alphabetical order by last name) are:

  • Bobby Baldwin
  • Frederic Banjout
  • Bob Bright
  • Ilya Bulychev
  • Roland De Wolfe
  • Tom Dwan
  • Jonathan Duhamel
  • David Einhorn
  • Antonio Esfandiari
  • Phil Galfond
  • Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier
  • Philipp Gruissem
  • Giovanni "Malibu" Guarascio
  • Gus Hansen
  • Phil Hellmuth
  • Phil Ivey
  • Eugene Katchalov
  • Cary Katz
  • Jens Kyllonen
  • Guy Laliberte
  • Ben Lamb
  • Tom Marchese
  • Jason Mercier
  • Michael Mizrachi
  • John Morgan
  • Daniel Negreanu
  • Paul Newey
  • Chamath Palihapitiya
  • Bill Perkins
  • Vivek Rajkumar
  • Brian Rast
  • Tobias Reinkemeier
  • Andrew Robl
  • Phil Ruffin
  • Rick Salomon
  • Nick Schulman
  • Noah Schwartz
  • Erik Seidel
  • Mike Sexton
  • Dan Shak
  • Talal Shakerchi
  • Mikhail Smirnov
  • Justin Smith
  • Brandon Steven
  • Sam Trickett
  • Haralobos Voulgaris
  • Richard Yong
On the first two days of the event (Sunday, July 1st and Monday, July 2nd), a live stream at WSOP.com will show the action at a featured table. Day 1 will begin at 1:11 pm PST (9:11pm GMT).

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