Sure, there are approximately 497 concurrent tournaments going on at the 2014 WSOP today–but the poker community will be focused on one and one only: the $1M Big One for One Drop.
Last night, Erick Lindgren and Connor Drinan outlasted a field of 80 in the $25,000 One Drop satellite to win seats into the event. With Lindgren and Drinan, the field is now up to 43. A few more players are expected to enter before the event kicks off at 1pm PT Sunday.
The 2012 One Drop sold out at 48 players. This year’s maximum capacity is 56, although it looks like it’ll fall short of it.
The 2014 WSOP Big One for One Drop is littered with your usual cast of characters. Big names like returning champ Antonio Esfandiari, Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey are in. Phil Hellmuth, who finished fourth in 2012, has not confirmed entry yet. High-stakes specialists like Phil Galfond, Fabian Quoss, Philipp Gruissem, Daniel Cates, Andrew Robl, and Vivik Rajkumar are in. High-profile businessmen like ex-WSOP champ and Bellagio head Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, and Brandon Steven ponied up again.
And somehow Jean-Robert Bellande found backing as well. Seriously.
Should be fun, as always. Follow the action here.
In other 2014 WSOP news…
:: Event #51 ($1,500 NLH Monster Stack) – A surprisingly friends and familyTM 62 players remain. You know it’s bad when the best the WSOP can do on its homepage is put up a photo of uber-Canadian looking bracelet winner Jason Duval as the headliner. First will win over $1.3M. Get full monster stacks here.
:: Event #51 ($10,000 Limit Hold’em) – Meh. David Olsen won. First bracelet. $303,909. Get full results here.
:: Event #52 ($1,000 Ladies Championship) – Sadly, with 793 total entrants, this year’s Ladies Championship had its lowest turnout since 2005. However, this is turning out to be the Summer of DanielTM as his long-time assistant, Patty Landis, is stacked fourth overall going into final table play. Get full chip counts here.