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Merson, Negreanu Added to $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP Lineup; 41 Confirmed

Merson, Negreanu Added to $1 Million BIG ONE for ONE DROP Lineup; 41 Confirmed 0001

On Tuesday, the World Series of Poker announced 11 more entrants for the highly anticipated BIG ONE for ONE DROP, a $1 million buy-in tournament taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas from June 29 through July 1.

Thirty players had confirmed their participation when the WSOP released its updated list in May. The latest additions bring the total to 41, just 15 shy of the 56-player cap.

If the field reaches 56, the first-place prize will be more than $20 million.

Among the latest to throw their hats in the ring are poker pros Daniel Negreanu, Greg Merson, Scott Seiver, Doug Polk, Daniel Cates, Daniel Colman and Isaac Haxton. Businessmen and high roller tournament regulars Tom Hall and Talal Shakerchi have also entered the fray, as well as Winmark Corporation CEO John Morgan.

Here's a look at the full list of confirmed players thus far:

Max AltergottBobby BaldwinJean-Robert BellandeDaniel Cates
Daniel ColmanDavid EinhornAntonio EsfandiariPhil Galfond
Anthony GreggPhilipp GruissemTom HallIsaac Haxton
Niklas HeineckerPhil IveyIgor KurganovGuy Laliberté
John MorganJason MercierGreg MersonDaniel Negreanu
Paul NeweyDoug PolkFabian QuossVivek Rajkumar
Brian RastTobias ReinkemeierAndrew RoblNoah Schwartz
Erik SeidelScott SeiverVanessa SelbstTalal Shakerchi
Brandon StevenSam TrickettChristoph VogelsangAnonymous Businessman
Anonymous BusinessmanAnonymous Asian BusinessmanAria Resort Satellite WinnerBellagio Resort Satellite Winner
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ESPN cameras will be present to catch every hand from start to finish during the three-day event, and the Worldwide Leader in Sports will air three consecutive weeks of two-hour coverage starting on Tuesday, July 15.

  • July 15 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Day 1 and Day 2 action
  • July 22 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Day 2 action and final table bubble
  • July 29 - 9-11 p.m. EST - Final table action through to winner

“With the unthinkable stakes of The BIG ONE for ONE DROP and its colourful mix of early committees, we are thrilled ESPN has embraced the opportunity to truly showcase a seminal moment for poker that just may yield the biggest first prize in sports television history,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart.

The Rio will host a $25,300 buy-in satellite on June 28 at 6 p.m. PST, and there will be mega satellites ranging from $200 to $3,750 running on June 26 and 27.

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