Sam Trickett On Course For $18 Million Pay Day!

Trickett and Esfandiari share a moment of laughter

He already has his name at the top of the UK & Ireland all-time money listings but by the time the sun comes up tomorrow morning Sam Trickett could find himself as the man who has won most money from live poker tournament than any other player in the history of the game.

Trickett is currently second in chips with just eight players remaining in the Big One for One Drop tournament that is going to be concluded later today. The popular Brit bagged up 37,000,000 chips at the end of Day 2 and he trails only double World Poker Tour champion Antonio Esfandiari who finished the day with 39,925,000.

This is a common scenario Trickett finds himself in; deep stacked in the latter stages of a high buy-in event with a massive sum of money awaiting him should he go all the way and win. In 2011 alone Trickett won $4,598,038 but amazingly that huge haul is not even half of what second place pays in the Big One for One Drop, which goes to show how much money is at stake this evening. Each of the players have locked up at least $1,237,33 for the efforts so far but none of the eight finalists will want to take that amount home especially as the eventual champion will be leaving the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with $18,346,673 in prize money!

What would you do if you won such a ridiculous amount of money from a poker tournament? The majority of poker players would go on the mother of all drinking sessions but not David Einhorn. The 43-year old Founder of Greenlight Capital has vowed to donate all of his winnings, even if he wins the whole lot, to charity! It is a truly amazing gesture and would be a superb end to this one-of-a-kind event; even if we are rooting for Trickett to being home the bacon!

When play resumes at 12:00 Las Vegas time (20:00 UK time) the players will complete Level 18 in the structure, meaning the blinds and ante will be 150,000/300,000/50,000a and the average stack will be 18,000,000. You can follow all of the action over on the Big One for One Drop live updates page.

Big One for One Drop Final Table

SeatPlayerCountryAgeChip Count
1Guy LalibertéCanada5221,700,000
2Brian RastUSA3011,350,000
3Phil HellmuthUSA4710,925,000
4Antonio EsfandiariUSA3339,925,000
5Bobby BaldwinUSA627,150,000
6Sam TrickettUK2637,000,000
7Richard YongChina547,475,000
8David EinhornUSA438,375,000

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