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Quick glimpse of the biggest semi-open event in poker history

by , Jul 1, 2012 | 2:27 pm

Cirque du Soleil drums pounding in the Rio Amazon room, a crowd of poker fans with phone cameras aloft, the WSOP’s first ever $1 million buy-in tournament started Sunday afternoon. Guy Laliberte’s One Drop charity, which helps provides safe drinking water worldwide, sponsored the event and had raised more than $5.8 million.

The 48-player tournament is a veritable who’s who of the poker world — Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, Bobby Baldwin, Mike Sexton, Antonio Esfandiari, “Elky” Bertrand Grospellier, Jason Mercier, Phil Galfond, Gus Hanson, Roland De Wolfe, Haralabos Voulgaris, among others.

More than an hour into the tournament, however, fans were still awaiting a (grand?) entrance from 12-time bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth, known for his self-aggrandizing late arrivals in big tournaments.


  • http://pokerati.com Dan Michalski

    It’s nice to see a charity event where the amount donated and the prize pool all actually add up.

  • http://pokerati.com Dan Michalski

    How did Antonio get in? And who won the big satellite yesterday?

  • http://twitter.com/randompoker Dave Ferrara

    Update: Hellmuth arrived rather uneventfully. That is to say: without a chariot or an entourage of bikini-clad ladies.

  • http://twitter.com/randompoker Dave Ferrara

    Antonio bought in, as far as I know. Hansen won the satellite at Rio last night, and Hellmuth won a VIP satty at MGM.

  • http://twitter.com/randompoker Dave Ferrara

    The noticeable absence, of course, is Doyle Brunson.

  • http://pokerati.com Dan Michalski

    interesting for antonio. must be all that Victory Poker money, lol.

  • http://pokerati.com Dan Michalski

    and yeah, so interesting on brunson not playing. did he give any indication as why he didn’t consider it? i would think playing in the biggest buy-in event ever (in Las Vegas) would be a matter of pride for him.