Largest buy-in for a poker tournament EVER is taking place tomorrow at the Rio. It will cost you $1,000,000 to enter...or if you're lucky you could win the $25,300 satellite which is taking place as I type.
Here are the entrants below:
Bobby Baldwin Chief Design & Construction Officer, MGM Resorts Intl Las Vegas, NV 62 Frederic Banjout CEO, Eden Shoes France 42 Bob Bright CEO, Bright Trading, LLC Las Vegas, NV 72 Ilya Bulychev Businessman Moscow, Russia 55 Roland De Wolfe Professional Poker Player London, UK 27 Tom Dwan Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 25 Jonathan Duhamel Professional Poker Player Montreal, Canada 24 David Einhorn Hedge Fund Manager Rye, NY 43 Antonio Esfandiari Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 33 Phil Galfond Professional Poker Player North Potomac, Maryland 27 Bertrand Grospellier Professional Poker Player France 31 Philipp Gruissem Professional Poker Player Germany 25 Giovanni "Malibu" Guarascio Professional Poker Player Montreal, Canada 55 Phil Ivey Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 36 Eugene Katchalov Professional Poker Player New York, NY 31 Cary Katz CEO, College Loan Corporation Las Vegas, NV 41 Jens Kyllönen Professional Poker Player Finland 22 Guy Laliberté Founder, Cirque de Soleil/OneDrop.org Canada Founder Montreal, Canada 52 Ben Lamb Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 27 Tom Marchese Professional Poker Player Parsippanny, NJ 24 Jason Mercier Professional Poker Player Davie, FL 25 Michael Mizrachi Professional Poker Player Miami, FL 31 John Morgan CEO, Winmark Corporation Minneapolis, MN 71 Daniel Negreanu Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 37 Paul Newey Chairman, New Wave Ventures Dorset, United Kingdom 43 Chamath Palihapitiya Venture Capitalist Burlingame, CA 35 Bill Perkins Owner, Small Ventures (Private Equity) Houston, TX 43 Paul Phua Asian Businessman Miri, Malaysia (Island of Borneo) 48 Brian Rast Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 30 Vivek Rajkumar Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 26 Tobias Reinkemeier Professional Poker Player Brighton, Germany 24 Andrew Robl Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 25 Phil Ruffin Owner, Treasure Island Resort Las Vegas, NV 76 Rick Salomon Film Producer Los Angeles, CA 44 Nick Schulman Professional Poker Player Manhattan, NY 27 Noah Schwartz Professional Poker Player Miami, FL 28 Erik Seidel Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 52 Mike Sexton Professional Poker Player Las Vegas, NV 64 Dan Shak Founder, SHK Asset Management Philadelphia, PA 53 Talal Shakerchi European Hedge Fund Manager Surrey, United Kingdom 48 Mikhail Smirnov Businessman/Poker Player Moscow, Russia 39 Justin Smith Professional Poker Player Los Angeles, CA 24 Brandon Steven Businessman/Car Dealer Owner Wichita, KS 38 Sam Trickett Professional Poker Player East Retford, United Kingdom 25 Haralabos Voulgaris Professional Gambler Winnipeg, Canada 37 Richard Yong Asian Businessman Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 54 Satellite Winner $25,300 Mega Satellite - June 30 at Rio (name(s) TBD) TBD TBD Satellite Winner MGM Resorts International VIP winner (name TBD) TBD TBD
The final nine players of the 48-player field will receive the following:
Total $42,666,672 (Prize Pool)
The remainder of the prize pool, $5,533,328 will go to OneDrop.org, an official charity partner of the
World Series of Poker. Out of each $1 million entry fee, $111,111 has been ear-marked to go
towards OneDrop. For this event, the WSOP eliminated all typical house fees to operate the event.
In terms of records, the $18,346,673 is the largest-ever first place prize awarded in any sporting event
of any kind (outside of boxing). Additionally, the second-place prize of $10,112,001, will become the
third-largest prize ever awarded in poker, behind Jamie Gold’s haul in the 2006 WSOP Main Event
My guess for top 3 are Katchalov, Seidel and Duhamel.