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Good Start in the 1 000 000 One Drop Extravaganza

Good Start in the €1,000,000 One Drop Extravaganza

Yesterday the biggest buy in tournament in poker history celebrated its opening.

Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil, is the organizer of the One Drop Super High Roller festival.

 

26 players bought in for a cool one million Euros in the Casino de Monte Carlo. What's new is that only amateurs were allowed to buy in this time, none of the big high roller poker players were invited for the €1M Big One for One Drop Extravaganza tournament. €111,111 of each buy in will go to the 'One Drop Foundation', a charity organization by Guy Laliberte which focuses on the access to clean water in Africa.

 

Amongst the rich business men were Talal Shakerch, Paul Newy, Andrew Pantling, Mark Teltscher and Jason Strasser. Every player started with 5 million in chips and the blinds were 6k/12k which means a very playable 400 big blinds. Each participant has the option of a re-entry which was used by the organizer himself Laliberte and Matchbook CEO Andrew Pantling.

 

At the end of day 1 the US-American Alfred Decarolis finished as the chipleader with 13,825,000 chips with Dan Shak following in second with 10,735,000. A total of 24 players remain in the tournament and registration is still open until the start of day 2 today.



Here are the chip counts:

Player

Nationality

Chips

Alfred Decarolis

US

13,825,000

Dan Shak

US

10,735,000

Brandon Steven

US

8,850,000

Haralabos Voulgaris

MC

8,765,000

David Einhorn

US

8,375,000

Elton Tsang

HK

7,920,000

Andrew Pantling

CA

7,600,000

James Bord

GB

7,375,000

Paul Phua

MY

6,455,000

Sean Dempsey

US

6,380,000

Talal Shakerchi

GB

6,280,000

Cary Katz

US

6,220,000

Jason Strasser

US

5,585,000

Bob Safai

US

4,600,000

Anatoly Gurtovoy

RU

4,475,000

Patrick Madden

US

4,275,000

Guy Laliberté

CA

4,000,000

Mark Teltscher

GB

3,750,000

Pierre Garand

CA

3,585,000

Paul Newey

GB

2,805,000

Yaqi Sun

CN

2,645,000

Rick Salomon

US

2,255,000

Zuo Wang

CN

1,840,000

Tony Bloom

GB

1,200,000

 

Source: Neil Stoddart / PokerNews.com

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