In just a few days, the World Series of Poker Europe will light up the largest poker room in the continent with 23 days of nonstop poker running from October 19 – November 10 2017 at King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.
The festival is shaping up to be the biggest and richest WSOP in this part of the globe with 11 bracelets up for grabs and US$18 million in guaranteed prizes. As the moment approaches, the hottest talk of the town is none other than the €111,111 High Roller for One Drop non-invitational charity event set to take flight on November 3rd. The event will see the biggest names in the poker world take part with each one salivating for a piece of the eye-popping €10 million guarantee. According to King’s, 105 seats out of the 111 cap have already been spoken for.
King’s Casino owner, Leon Tsoukernik stated, “The demand is strong and I have given up my own seat and will play host instead. My €11k deposit will go to One Drop.”
Big One for One Drop
Inaugurated back in WSOP 2012, the charity poker event was aimed at raising funds for Guy Laliberte’s One Drop charity organization to help improve life in regions of the world through sustainable access to safe water. The event had a jaw-dropping US$1M buy-in yet it still turned up a total of 48 entries. Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari eventually knocked it out of the park and claimed the single largest first prize in poker history of over US$18M. Following his footsteps were Dan Colman who won the event in 2014 and Elton Tsang in 2016.
High Roller for One Drop
In 2013, the WSOP and One Drop introduced the lower buy-in (though not exactly low) US$111,111 High Roller for One Drop. Since then this event has seen four winners, namely Anthony Gregg (2013), Jonathan Duhamel (2015), Fedor Holz (2016), and the most recently Doug Polk (2017). Out of all of these champions, only Holz has confirmed for the upcoming event though that may change with several spots still available. Polk has been a regular at the One Drop events that it would be a surprise if he missed a chance at defending his title. As for Holz, he will be looking to pick up his second-ever WSOP bracelet, and will be gunning so under the same event. Both Esfandiari and Colman have also confirmed their attendance.
A star-studded field expected
With only a couple of weeks before this highly anticipated event gets underway, King’s Casino has also released nearly all the names of those confirmed. Needless to say, these players are recognized as the best players in the game today. The lineup is a mix of legendary pros that have been in the circuit for many years, pros that have emerged from the online circuit, and the hungry young card sharks dominating the High Roller and Super High Roller scene worldwide.
The powerhouse list includes Daniel Negreanu, Sam Trickett, and Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, all of whom have previously missed the golden mark by just spot. Adding more heat are Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Bryn Kenney, David Peters, Christoph Volgelsang, Antanas Guoga “Tony G”, Patrik Antonius, Daniel “Jungleman” Cates, Liv Boeree, Phillipp Gruissem, Dario Sammartino, Andrew Robl, Rainer Kempe, Nick Petrangelo, and recent Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner Steffen Sontheimer. Also joining the action is one of the most famous athletes in the world, legendary tennis superstar Boris Becker.
The €111,111 High Roller for One Drop kicks off on November 3, 2017 at King’s Casino in Rozvadov. This is a re-entry event. The rake generated by the entries will be donated to the One Drop charity organization. The event will be taped for future airing on television.
Article by Triccia David