After the last year’s success of One Drop event at World Series of Poker (WSOP) which had a huge buy-in of $1 million and a field of only 48 players, nobody was expecting a great turn out for the Event#47: $111,111 buy-in, One Drop High Roller event this year. However Event#47 has surprised everyone with a good number of 166 players made an entry in this event which has a noble cause too. Although this event was highly anticipated as this is the biggest buy-in event of WSOP 2013. With such a good number of entries, the prize pool for this event has gone to a whopping $17.8 million.
Every table was packed with renowned poker players and game commenced amidst huge buzz. The first big move was made by two long time poker pros Greg Mueller and David Benyamine. Both the players were all in holding 5 and 6 in their hands. With a board draw of 3-8-7-4-2, the pot was divided between two equally. An hour later, Mueller won a huge pot against Benyamine when his Q, 5 bested 5, 6 of Benyamine.
The first elimination of the event came when Alexey Rybin got busted. It made it look like as if first elimination has started a chain reaction and other players got eliminated one by one. Sam Trickett, Talal Shakerchi, Mohsin Charania, with John Morgan busted out before the closing of late registration counter along with David Benyamine.
As the day proceeded some of the most famous poker players were seen leaving their respective tables. Issac Haxton, Phillip Gruissem, Michael Mizrachi, Sam Farha, Dan Smith, Brian Rast and WSOP Event#32 winner Erick Lindgren, all hit the rail before the end of day’s play. Even as these players got eliminated, the leaderboard is fully packed with players who had a great day of poker.
By the end of the day, Brandon Steven is leading the remaining 128 players with 1.398 million chips. Following him closely at number two is Tobias Reinkemeir with 1.225 million chips in his stack and rounding up the top three is Dan Shak with 999,000 chips.
One Drop High Roller has great reward money on offer as the top 24 players will receive a minimum of $173,723 and the winner will take away a huge amount of $4,830,619 as prize money. This event has already eclipsed the success of Asia Millions Main Event which had a buy-in of US$130,000 and had a field of 125 players.