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Big One for One Drop day 2
2 July 2012

Attrition Day

The pain of busting out of a $1 million buy-in event spread through most of the field on day 2. Only the top 9 would get paid, and only 8 would make the day 3 TV table. We fully expected another grueling endurance test like we've seen at previous high buy-in events (such as the 2009 Poker Players' Championship.)

But the relatively snappy 1 hour blind schedule moved things right along. The first bustout came on the first hand of the day, when Chamath Palihapitiya shipped it with KT and didn't outdraw John Morgan's AQ. The last bustout, which unfortunately was crowd favorite and Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, happened just around midnight. 29 players had been knocked out in only 12 hours.

2011 Poker Players Champion Brian Rast and Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton

12-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth and EPT / UKIPT / APPT winner Philipp Gruissem

Ever-casual Antonio Esfandiari, 2-time WPT title holder and WSOP bracelet winner

Tom Marchese, WPT and NAPT title holder

John Juanda, Brandon Adams, and Erik Seidel in the grandstands

David Einhorn will donate his winnings to charity, like he did with his 2006 WSOP Main Event 18th place prize money

Esfandiari brings the chip lead to the final TV table

One for the record book

The Big One for One Drop will set the record for largest first place prize in poker history, and it has already set the records for largest tournament buy-in and cash bubble in poker history. Ilya Bulychev was the unfortunate 10th place bubble boy, falling just short of winning back his $1 million buy-in. The TV table bubble burst when Poker Hall of Fame member Mike Sexton busted out. He received a standing ovation for his contribution and for his deep run.

The TV table should be as dramatic as any, considering the difference in prize money from first to eighth. Winner gets $18.1 million, 8th place gets $1.2 million. A huge amount to play for, even without factoring in the pressure to do well in a historic event like The Big One for One Drop.

The $42+ million prize pool will be divided in earnest when play begins at 12pm today. Here are the final eight players and their chips and seating assignments, courtesy of the World Series of Poker Live Updates page:

By stack Rank Stack Player
  1st 39,925,000    (133 BB) Antonio Esfandiari
  2nd 37,000,000 Sam Trickett
  3rd 21,700,000 Guy Laliberté
  4th 11,350,000 Brian Rast
  5th 10,925,000 Phil Hellmuth
  6th 8,375,000 David Einhorn
  7th 7,475,000 Richard Yong
  8th 7,150,000    (24 BB) Bobby Baldwin

By seat Seat Player
  1 Guy Laliberté
  2 Brian Rast
  3 Phil Hellmuth
  4 Antonio Esfandiari
  5 Bobby Baldwin
  6 Sam Trickett
  7 Richard Yong
  8 David Einhorn

For all the hand-for-hand action and a summary of the day's play, please visit the official World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop update page.

Next: "The Big One" day 3 TV table...

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