The Big One for One Drop tournament kicked off yesterday under the watchful eye of the world's media after the $1,000,000 attracted attention from all around the globe; and not just in poker circles.
The 48-players who parted company with an almost unbelievable $1,000,000 to play in this one-off special charity event have not only raised $5,333,328 for the One Drop charity but have made sure that the first place prize on offer will break almost all sporting records! Whoever walks away with the $18,346,673 first place prize will not only become poker's number one in the all-time money listings but they will also be in receipt of the largest-ever winner's prize in a sporting event (excluding boxing) in the history of sport! It is easy to see why this tournament is receiving so much attention.
Amongst the 48 starters were a selection of the very best poker players and also some of the richest and most influential business men from all around the world; including three Brits in the shape of Sam Trickett, Roland De Wolfe and assets manager Talal Shakerchi. All three of our boys made it through the day's play.
The best place of the trio, as the title of this article suggests, was Trickett who bagged up 6,700,000 chips when the curtain came down on the day's proceedings. Trickett's stack is enough to place him sixth overall when play resumes later today and when it does he is going to find himself on a horrible table that is the home to Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Shak, Tom Marchese, Brandon Steven, Ben Lamb and the aforementioned Shakerchi.
Although Trickett and Shakerchi do not have the best seat draw in the world – is there such thing as an easy draw in a $1m buy-in event? - they can count themselves lucky they have not been seated on Table 448 where Gus Hansen, Haralabos Voulgaris, overall chip leader Brian Rast, Philipp Gruissem, Bobby Baldwin, Rick Saloman, Phil Ivey and Phil Hellmuth are seated!
Play resumes at 12:00 Las Vegas time (18:00 UK time) and will continue until only the nine-handed final table remains. At this point everyone will be in the money having locked up $1,109,333 for their troubles and they will be then just eight eliminations away from that historic first place prize over almost $18.5 million!
You can follow all of the action from Day 2 of the Big One for One Drop over on the UK & Ireland PokerNews Live Reporting pages.