WSOP 2012: Five Team Pros putting up historic $1 million buy-in

wsop-130x100.pngIn just a few hours, five members of Team PokerStars Pro will join 43 other poker players for the biggest buy-in tournament in poker history. At 1:11 PT time today, Jonathan Duhamel, Bertrand "ElkY" Grospellier, Eugene Katchalov, Jason Mercier, and Daniel Negreanu will sit down for the $1 million Big One for One Drop charity tournament.

The capped 48-player field of big money pros and wealthy businessmen has captivated the poker world's attention. Each player has put up $1 million for his seat. In return, he gets three million chips (the equivalent of 500 big blinds), a three-day tournament, and a chance to win a first prize worth more than $18 million. Only the final nine players make money.

While the next few days will focus on the unprecedented poker tournament, the One Drop event organizers also hope to raise money and awareness in support of clean water efforts around the world.


To put these stakes in perspective, consider this: since the poker world began recording live tournament wins, no player has won more than $17 million in his career. An outright-no-deal win in the One Drop would surpass the career earnings of the biggest winners ever.

While the One Drop event will seat a few satellite winners, the Team Pros in action today are all in for the full amount. It will be among the most serious events of their lives. We wish them all the best luck.

Brad Willis
@BradWillis in World Series of Poker