Friday June 8, 2012 : BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP GATHERS MOMENTUM (Update)
 
Organisers release list of 12 more entrants
 
The million-dollar buy-in ‘mother of all poker events', Big One for One Drop now has 42 entrants and is nearing the cut-off for entries, currently pegged at 48 players.
 
The event, which will be staged between July 1 and 3 at the Rio in Las Vegas, has attracted the world's biggest players and will generate funds for water projects in impoverished third world communities.
 
The World Series of Poker organisers of the event released the latest entries Thursday, a list that includes some of the most visible names in the game, such as UK ace Sam Trickett, French star Jason Mercier, Eugene Katchlov, David Peat, Vivek Rakjumar, Andrew Robl, Nick Schulman and Noah Schwartz.
 
The complete list now reads:
 
• Guy Laliberté
• Bobby Baldwin
• Phil Ruffin
• Andy Beal
• Patrik Antonius
• Gus Hansen
• Daniel Negreanu
• Johnny Chan
• Tom Dwan
• Tony Guoga
• Jonathan Duhamel
• Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier
• Giovanni Guarascio
• Arnaud Mimran
• Cary Katz
• Paul Phua
• Paul Newey
• Richard Yong
• Bob Bright
• Justin Smith
• Erik Seidel
• Dan Shak
• Carlos Nahas (Loto-Québec/Casino Montreal satellite winner)
• Anonymous (U.S. Venture Capitalist)
• Anonymous (European Hedge Fund Manager)
• Anonymous (U.S. Hedge Fund Manager)
• Frédéric Banjout
• Caesars Entertainment seat
• Caesars Entertainment via a satellite at the Rio
• MGM Mirage Satellite seat
• Anonymous (U.S. Hedge Fund Manager)
• John Morgan (CEO, Winmark Corporation)
• Eugene Katchalov
• Jens Kyllönen
• Jason Mercier
• David Peat
• Vivek Rakjumar
• Andrew Robl
• Nick Schulman
• Noah Schwartz
• Roger Teska
• Sam Trickett
 
The prize pool for the event will exceed $35 million, making for an 8-figure payday for the winner that is likely to be a new record for poker.
 
Two likely additions to the list in the near future, according to their tweeted intentions, are WSOP legend Ben Lamb and French ace Jean-Robert Bellande.