One of the most anticipated at this year’s WSOP, The Big One for One Drop, took place over the past three days at the Rio in Las Vegas. It is certainly considered to be the most exclusive tournament out there thanks to its $1 million buy-in that only few players are willing to put up.
This year’s Big One marks the 2nd time the tournament takes the felts since its inaugural debut in 2012 where it was maxed out at 48 players and the largest first place tournament prize of $18 million was won by Antonio Esfandiari.
Since the last event, there has been much speculation on who would return to play. Some participants this year included Antonio Esfandiari (2012 Winner), Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Erick Lindgren, Sam Trickett (2nd in 2012), Isaac Haxton, Phil Galfond, Daniel Cates, Greg Merson. A total of 24 new players and 18 returning players to the 2014 event but only
42 entries this year compared to the 48 in its first season. The combined prize pool was $37,333,338.
The final battle was between online poker player Dan Colman who at the age of 23 makes his first final table appearance and Daniel Negreanu, a household name in the poker world.
Colman and Negreanu battled for 46 hands before the two played an all-in pot to end the tournament. In that hand, both players went all-in preflop. Negreanu was ahead holding :Ad :4c vs. Colman’s :Kd :Qh . The flop was :Ah :Js :4s and Negreanu flopped two pair. The turn was a :Ts and gave Colman a Broadway straight. Only a full house could help Negreanu now but the river was a :7s .
Colman succeeded in winning $15,306,668 and a WSOP bracelet made of platinum. Colman adds this win to his already impressive win in April at the EPT Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller that paid him over $2.1 million. With both these wins, he is now sitting 6th in the all-time money winners.
With his $8,288,001 2nd place payday, Negreanu is now the all-time money earner with over $40 million in career tournament winnings. This is Negreanu’s second runner up finish at this year’s WSOP. He finished second in Event #13 the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship.
The Big One is more than a big buy-in tournament, it is also a charity event that was the creation of Guy Laliberté to benefit the One Drop charity’s clean water and sustainability efforts. From each entry $111,111 is withheld from the prize pool to go directly to benefit the charity. This year, more than $4.6 million was raised. Over three year partnership with WSOP, over $11 million has been raised for the One Drop charity.
On Wednesday, there will be the $1,111 buy-in Little One for One Drop starting which will be a much more financially accessible tournament with $111 of each buy-in going to charity.
Here are the results from the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event:
1st: Daniel Colman – $15,306,668
2nd: Daniel Negreanu – $8,288,001
3rd: Christoph Vogelsang – $4,480,000
4th: Rick Salomon – $2,800,000
5th: Tobias Reinkemeier – $2,053,334
6th: Scott Seiver – $1,680,000
7th: Paul Newey – $1,418,667
8th: Cary Katz – $1,306,667