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2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker

Sunday, June 28, 2015 to Monday, June 29, 2015

Event #58: High Roller for ONE DROP - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em

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  • Buy-in: $111,111
  • Prizepool: $14,249,925
  • Entries: 135
  • Remaining: 0


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Monday, June 29, 2015 1:43 PM Local Time
Level: 17
Blinds: 20,000/40,000
Ante: 5,000
Monday, June 29, 2015 1:42 PM Local Time

James Calderaro and Kory Kolpatrick get into an all-in confrontation preflop. Calderaro shows   , and he'll need help against Kilpatrick's   .

The board comes      , missing both players entirely. Kilpatrick wins the pot with his pocket queens. The dealer counts down his stack, and he has 675,000. Calderaro has slightly less than that, and he is eliminated near the end of the first level of the day.

Kory Kilpatrick - 1,400,000
James Calderaro - Eliminated

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:41 PM Local Time

For the second consecutive hand, Jason Koon open-shoves from late position. The first time, it got through from the button. This time, it's about 450,000 total from the cutoff. Next door on the button, John Racener calls, and Koon is in a bad spot for his tournament life.


The board runs out      , and Koon is eliminated.

John Racener - 1,740,000
Jason Koon - Eliminated

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:38 PM Local Time

Benjamin Pollack and David Sands are heads up on a     flop. Pollack leads the betting for 35,000, and Sands calls. The   turn draws another bet from Pollack, and Sands calls 85,000 this time. The river is the  , and Pollack bets 145,000. It leaves him with about 275,000 behind. Sands eyes that up for himself, then slides out a covering stack of brown chips to put Pollack to the test.

"Really?" Pollack asks. "I beat some hands." He's holding the last of his chips in his right hand, and he slams them down onto the table in frustration. Eventually, he calls all in.

Sands shows    for the nuts. That's not one of the hands Pollack can beat, and he is eliminated.

David Sands - 1,875,000
Benjamin Pollack - Eliminated

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:32 PM Local Time

James Calderaro raises from middle position and Talal Shakerchi moves all in for 460,000 from the small blind. Calderaro calls and Shakerchi is flipping for his tournament life.

Shakerchi tables    and Calderaro shows   . The flop is    , keeping Calderaro in the lead. The turn is the  , leaving Shakerchi one pull of the deck from the rail, but the   falls on the river and and Shakerchi scores a double up.

Talal Shakerchi - 985,000
James Calderaro - 510,000
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Monday, June 29, 2015 1:31 PM Local Time

Phil Hellmuth raises to 75,000, and Anthony Zinno three-bets to 225,000.

Action folds back around to Hellmuth, and he goes into the tank. He takes off his sunglasses and asks Zinno how much he has behind. Zinno counts down his stack, and has 675,000 left.

Hellmuth uncaps his cards, counts down a stack of 500,000, then puts the chips back in his stack. After another minute or so, he folds    face up. Zinno chooses not to show his hand, and collects the pot.

"I won't be laying that down too often today, I promise you that," Hellmuth says as Zinno is stacking the chips.

Anthony Zinno - 1,050,000
Phil Hellmuth - 1,900,000

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:23 PM Local Time

There's a big pot brewing between Jason Somerville and Roger Sippl. There must be close to 400,000 chips in the middle of the table, and the flop shows    . Somerville is out of position in the small blind, and he has 175,000 chips across the betting line. Roger Sippl is in the cutoff, and he's in the tank. Sippl has 405,000 chips left, and after some time, he moves all in. Somerville calls.


Sippl flopped the pair of threes to take the lead, two cards from a double. The turn   and river   fill out the board safely, and Somerville's good start suffers a setback. Sippl doubles up.

Roger Sippl - 1,200,000
Jason Somerville - 425,000

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:22 PM Local Time

Fernando Brito moves all in from under-the-gun and action folds to Darren Elias in the cutoff, who moves all in for just over 1,000,000. The rest of the table folds and Elias is heads-up with Brito and Brito's tournament life is on the line.

Brito is flipping with his    up against Elias'   . The flop is     and Brito takes the lead. The turn is the   and the river is the   to give Brito an early double up.

Fernando Brito - 570,000
Darren Elias - 800,000

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:20 PM Local Time

Lawrence Greenberg raises to 65,000 from the button. Christoph Vogelsang is in the big blind. He thinks for a minute, then raises enough to put Greenberg all in. Greenberg calls, and the players table their cards.


The flop is    , and Vogelsang pairs his king, leaving Greenberg drawing thin. The turn is the  , and the river the  . Vogelsang wins the pot, eliminating Greenberg from the tournament.

Christoph Vogelsang - 1,700,000
Lawrence Greenberg - Eliminated

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:18 PM Local Time

Craig McCorkell moves all in from early position for 230,000 and action folds around to Jonathan Duhamel in the big blind. Duhamel asks for an exact count and then calls.

McCorkell tables    and has Duhamel's    dominated. The flop gives Duhamel a few more outs as the dealer spreads a flop of    . The turn is the  , giving Duhamel the lead and McCorkell just two outs in the deck. The river is the   and Duhamel takes the pot as McCorkell hits the rail.

Jonathan Duhamel - 1,050,000
Craig McCorkell - Eliminated
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Monday, June 29, 2015 1:17 PM Local Time

On the first hand of the day, Kory Kilpatrick opens to 65,000 from middle position. In the hijack, Christoph Vogelsong three-bets to 165,000, and action comes around to Phil Hellmuth in the small blind. He's just beginning to stack up his chips, so his stack is in a huge pile in front of him. He asks Vogelsong how much he's playing, then reaches into his pile and starts plucking out brown chips. He stacks out 350,000 next to his cards.

"Raise it," Hellmuth says as he slides the chips forward.

Kilpatrick folds quickly, and Vogelsong calls. The flop comes     and Hellmuth continues out for 250,000. Vogelsong folds without incident.

"I think I out-flopped you," Hellmuth says. "I think you had jacks."

Phil Hellmuth - 1,875,000
Christoph Vogelsong - 1,080,000

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:09 PM Local Time

On a flop of    , Jason Somerville gets his last 440,000 into the middle from the big blind against Nick Petrangelo on the button. Petrangelo shows    and needs a spade or a 10 to take the lead against Somerville's   .

The turn is the   and the river is the   to give the pot to Somerville and score an early double up into the seven figure chip counts.

"Not a bad start to the day," said Somerville as he is stacking the chips.

Jason Somerville - 1,030,000
Nick Petrangelo - 560,000

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:08 PM Local Time

On one of the first hands of the day, David Peters gets the last of his chips in the middle preflop against Thomas MacDonald.


The board runs out      . MacDonald wins the pot with his pocket kings, and Peters is eliminated early on Day 2.

Thomas MacDonald - 830,000
David Peters - Eliminated

Monday, June 29, 2015 1:02 PM Local Time
Level: 16
Blinds: 15,000/30,000
Ante: 5,000
Monday, June 29, 2015 11:57 AM Local Time

Welcome back to coverage of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller.

Today is Day 2, and 46 players will return from a total field of 135. Daniel Colman will enter the ropes with the chip lead, having turned his starting stack of 300,000 into nearly 2 million chips through the first 15 levels of action.

Colman (pictured above) seems to know his way around these high-buyin charity events. He's the reigning champion of this event's big brother, the Big One for One Drop, earning more than $15 million and a gold bracelet for his 2014 victory. His stack of 1.955 million chips sets the pace for the Day 2 starters.

Sorel Mizzi and Andrew Lichtenberger both have impressive records in High Roller events too, and they’ll return today second and third in chips, respectively. Mizzi finished Day 1 with just 20,000 fewer chips than Colman, while Lichtenberger bagged up the third-largest stack of 1.77 million.

Russia’s Sergey Lebedev is next in line behind that trio, starting Day 2 with 1.59 million chips. Andrew Robl (1.585 million) is in fifth place, and the German duo of Christoph Vogelsang (1.435 million) and Tobias Reinkemeier (1.285 million) are both in the top ten, as well.

Phil Hellmuth (pictured above) was visibly frustrated for much of Day 1, but ending the day on a hot streak helped cool his demeanor a bit. The fourteen-time bracelet winner finished the night with 1.395 million, good for seventh place on the leaderboard. Darren Elias (1.180 million) and James Calderaro (1.165 million) round out the overnight top ten.

Though there is a lot of poker left to be played, this event can already be considered a win for everyone involved. Poker players and business men came from all corners of the world, ranging in age from 21 to 74 and representing 12 different countries. The field raised in excess of $750,000 for One Drop, generating a total prizepool of more than $14 million. For more information about One Drop's efforts to provide clean drinking water, or to make a donation to the cause, click here.

Cards go back in the air at 1:00 PM PDT, and things will begin to get more serious for the 46 survivors. The plan is to play all the way down to a champion tonight, though that is subject to change as the day progresses. Stay tuned for full coverage from the tournament floor.

Click here to see the chip counts and seating assignments for Day 2.