WSOP Big One - 30 Players Already Registered for the $1,000,000 Event

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2012. April 13.
<div>Erik Seidel and Justin Smith are also among the ones taking part in the $1,000,000 event, to be organized for the first time at the WSOP.&nbsp;</div>
As we have informed you in December, the WSOP $1,000,000 BIG ONE for ONE DROP tournament will be organized between the 1st and 3rd July, 2012. The charity event will support the One Drop foundation, created by Cirque du Soleil owner Guy Laliberté. 11.11% of the total buy-ins will be transferred to the foundation. In order fo the tourney to officially become a part of the WSOP schedule, a minimum of 22 entrants were needed for the tournament with probably the biggest first-place prize ever in the history of the WSOP. 
 
The Big One
 
 
The organizers made 14 names public back then (five other entrants did not yet want to be revealed and three will be coming from a satellite to be organized later). 

The line up, as of December 2011:
 
Guy Laliberté
Bobby Baldwin (four times WSOP champion, CEO of MGM-Mirage Resort)
Phil Ruffin (owner of Las Vegas Treasure Island Resort)
Andy Beal
Patrik Antonius
Gus Hansen
Daniel Negreanu
Johnny Chan
Tom "durrrr" Dwan
Tony G
Jonathan Duhamel
Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
Sean O’Donnell (representing Montreal Group)
Daniel Shak

On the 12th April, WSOP announced in an official statement that the line-up has increased, and there are 30 entrants already. Among the ones newly registered is 8-times WSOP champion Erik Seidel, who himself is a real high stakes specialist, having won the Aussie Millions A$250,000 Super High Roller and placing third at the Aussie Millions A$100,000 High Roller. He also won the LA Poker Classic $25,100 High Roller and the World Poker Classic $100,000 High Roller as well. 

Here is the list of the eight new entrants: 
 
Cary Katz (CEO of College Loan Corporation)
Paul Newey (co-owner of New Wave Ventures LLP)
Richard Yong (Asian businessman)
Erik Seidel
Justin Smith
Bob Bright (owner of Bright Trading)
Arnaud Mimran (French businessman)
Paul Phua (Asian businessman)
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