35 Players and Counting for the €1m Buy-In Big One for One Drop

During the 2016 World Series of Poker, One Drop founder Guy Laliberté announced that the Big One for One Drop would be returning, this time with a €1 million buy-in.

However, at the same time Laliberté delivered some bad news for professional poker players. After talking with recreational players, businessmen, and philanthropists Laliberté and the tournament officials had decided that professional poker players would be barred from entering the event. The other big change is, that unlike the previous versions, this one will be played at the Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco.

According to a recent press release, already 35 recreational players have confirmed their participation for the tournament:

What’s more, 35 players to date are confirmed to play in the headlining event, The Big One for One Drop Invitational, which will begin at noon on Friday, October, 14 and will feature the largest buy-in poker tournament ever held – 1,000,000 euros. With €111,111 from each entry going to One Drop, and no other fees deducted for event operations, €888,889 from each buy-in goes directly into the prize pool. That is a staggering €31,111,115 up for grabs, with the expectation that these figures will grow when the final field is solidified and re-entries are tallied. In addition, the winner will receive one of the world’s most valuable sporting trophies, a ceremonial bracelet hand-crafted in platinum by famed jeweler Richard Mille.

While professional poker players will not be able to play, they can act as coaches during the three-day event for the billionaires. There will be also cash games with buy-ins ranging from €2,500 to €1 million.

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