Las Vegas, June 7, 2012 – The 43rd Annual World Series of Poker is off and running which means Event #55, better known as the BIG ONE for ONE DROP, is nearing commencement.
|ANONYMOUS||U.S. Hedge Fund Manager|
|JOHN MORGAN||CEO, Winmark Corporation|
|EUGENE KATCHALOV||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|JENS KYLLÖNEN||Finnish Professional Poker Player|
|JASON MERCIER||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|DAVID PEAT||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|VIVEK RAJKUMAR||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|ANDREW ROBL||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|NICK SCHULMAN||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|NOAH SCHWARTZ||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|ROGER TESKA||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
|SAM TRICKETT||U.S. Professional Poker Player|
In addition, CARLOS NAHAS will take his seat in this prestigious event after winning the Loto Quebec/Casino Montreal satellite seat that was previously announced. Carlos’ friend KEITH HAMILTON had originally won the right to participate in the final satellite step, which was a poker tournament at Casino Montreal. However, Hamilton had initially won his step seat via a slot tournament. Unfamiliar with the game of poker, he had his friend Nahas play the poker tournament for him. And play Nahas did. He won the poker tournament, that included several notable professional poker players, and thus Nahas will take his seat in the BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP as Hamilton has decided to keep the winning formula intact.
GIOVANNI “Malibu” GUARASCIO has been confirmed as the official seat for what had previously been listed as the “Montreal private citizen group (Sean O’Donnell).”
FRÉDÉRIC BANJOUT, previously listed as “Anonymous French Businessman” is now confirmed as the player for that previously announced seat.
The prize pool is projected to now exceed $35,000,000, with the winner to walk away with an eight-figure payday – the largest amount ever awarded in a poker tournament, breaking Jamie Gold’s $12 million haul at the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event.
Confirmed players have secured their entry to the BIG ONE for ONE DROP via advance deposits. Some players have requested and the World Series of Poker will respect a players right to remain anonymous prior to the tournament , so publicity doesn’t impact their personal and professional matters.
A profile of most of these players are posted on All In for ONE DROP website at www.allinforonedrop.com. The All In for ONE DROP campaign, launched last November, is designed to raise awareness on water-related issues and encourage the poker community to take action and create a powerful ripple effect.
Currently, Caesars is organizing a comprehensive series of step-satellites to the BIG ONE for ONE DROP with licensed casino partners. All will lead to a mega satellite with guaranteed entry to the $25,300 Big One Satellite on June 30th at the Rio.
Last month and throughout June, more than a dozen properties are expected to hold qualifying tournaments with starting buy-ins under $100, culminating in a guaranteed $25,300 entry awarded at each venue to the June 30th satellite in Las Vegas, with airfare and hotel provided by Caesars Interactive Entertainment. The satellite locations, times and schedule will be updated regularly at http://www.wsop.com/2012/thebigone/satellites
The culminating mega satellite on June 30 will award a minimum of one guaranteed entry to the BIG ONE for ONE DROP regardless of the number of participants and will create one seat for every 40 entries. The satellite will run one day, have a $25,300 entry and allow rebuys. It will include all of the regional qualifiers and also be open to the public.