WPT Big One for One Drop Just Around the Corner – Who’s There for the Show?
Last Updated: January 25, 2024
For the last couple of days, all the focus has been on the WPT World Championship, which is slowly and surely moving towards meeting its ambitious $40,000,000 guarantee, and the WPT Prime Championship, which is now down to final six players, with almost $1.4 million up top.
With so much going on, it’s easy to lose sight of some things, but the WPT Big One for One Drop is too big to drop off of our radars. The $1,000,000 buy-in event will be starting in a few days’ time, and it will be one of the most exciting tournaments we’ve seen in recent years.
Tournaments like this are rare, for obvious reasons, but for those same reasons they attract the kind of lineup that you won’t find anywhere else. The best of poker pros and rich businessman with passion for the game come together to battle it out at the stakes that matter and also contribute to a worthwhile charity.
This year, $60,000 from each buy-in will be going to The One Drop Foundation, so depending on the number of participants, the charity stands to receive a significant boost.
Who’s Ready to Put a Million on the Line?
For the first time since inception, The Big One for One Drop will be played under the World Poker Tour banner. Until now, the tournament was a part of the World Series of Poker, but we not much has changed about the event itself.
The Big One is still a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament with a charitable component, with a portion of the buy-in going to the One Drop Foundation. Everyone is welcome to participate, as long as they are willing to put a cool million on the line.
So far, several players have confirmed their participation, including the poker legend Phil Ivey, high stakes poker aficionados like Rick Salomon and Talal Shakerchi, tournament crusher Nick Petrangelo, always entertaining Dan ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Jason Koon, and more.
So far, the list of confirmed participants for the WPT Big One for One Drop isn’t particularly long, but we fully expect to see more players announcing their intentions to play in the coming days. With things also wrapping up in the Bahamas, we expect a serious influx of players in the coming days.
The Ones to Look Out For
There are a few players who are likely to join the action even if they haven’t gone public with their intentions just yet.
One of these is certainly Alan Keating, the man who loves the adrenaline of high stakes poker and he’s already joined the WPT World Championship. Keating certainly has the bankroll to play in The Big One, but it’s no secret that he prefers cash games, so we’ll just have to wait and see if the draw of a massive first place prize is too tempting for the mysterious millionaire.
Alan Keating (@Mister_Keating) turned up at the @WPT World Championship late in the day to make a run at the $40 million guaranteed prize pool, talk livestreams, his fans, and even the return of @GmanPoker!
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— World Poker Tour (@WPT) December 13, 2023
Fedor Holz is another name notably missing from the list of confirmed participants. One of the biggest names in the high roller scene, Holz is unlikely to miss the opportunity that only comes once in a while. In fact, he has a listing on PokerStake.com selling 10% of his action in the event, so he’s a pretty safe bet.
The Canadian superstar Daniel Negreanu is also on his way to Sin City, and it’s hard to imagine he won’t jump into the action if he’s around. Negreanu is no stranger to The Big Drop and he has a good track record in this particular tournament, having finished second in the 2014 edition, raking in $8.3 million.
A few other players are also selling pieces of themselves in The Big One, so depending on how those listings pan out, we’ll likely see them in action as well. Alex Foxen and Mario Mosbock are on that list.
The tournament kicks off in a couple of days’ time, on December 18, so we won’t have to wait much longer to know who exactly will take a seat at the big table and how many participants will the WPT Big One for One Drop attract.