Sunday July 1, 2012 : FINAL PLAYER LIST FOR BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP ANNOUNCED (Update)
 
Harrahs unveils registration list
 
With the action due to start today (Sunday July 1st) in the million dollar buy-in Big One for One Drop tournament, organisers Harrah's Entertainment released the final sign-up list of players Saturday.
 
The list confirms that all 48 seats in the tournament will be filled by 19 amateurs and 27 professional players, with two satellite seat entrants permitted.
 
The first prize will be a massive $18,346,673, the biggest single prize in poker history.  11.1 percent, or $5.53 million, will go to third world charity programs.
 
Other pay-outs will be:
 
2nd: $10,112,001
3rd: $4,352,000
4th: $2,645,333
5th: $1,834,666
6th: $1,621,333
7th: $1,408,000
8th: $1,237,333
9th: $1,109,333
 
The list shows that the wild speculation, and not a little Twitter boasting by some top poker players in recent weeks was just hot air – they do not appear on the list.
 
Here's the official entry list:
 
Bobby Baldwin – Chief Design & Construction Officer, MGM Resorts International Age: 62
Frederic Banjout – CEO, Eden Shoes, Paris, France Age: 42
Bob Bright – CEO, Bright Trading, LLC, Las Vegas, NV Age: 72
Ilya Bulchev – Businessman, Moscow, Russia Age: 55
Roland De Wolfe – Professional Poker Player, London, England Age: 27
Tom Dwan – Professional Poker Player, Edison, NJ, USA Age: 25
Jonathan Duhamel – Professional Poker Player, Montreal, QC, Canada Age: 24
David Einhorn – U.S. Hedge Fund Manager, Rye, New York Age: 43
Antonio Esfandiari – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 33
Phil Galfond – Professional Poker Player, Potomac, Maryland Age: 27
Bertrand Grospellier – Professional Poker Player, France Age: 31
Philipp Gruissem – Professional Poker Player, Germany Age: 25
Giovanni Guarascio – Businessman, Montreal, Canada Age: 55
Phil Ivey – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 36
Eugene Katchalov – Professional Poker Player, New York, NY Age: 31
Cary Katz – CEO, College Loan Corporation, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 41
Jens Kyllönen – Professional Poker Player, Finland Age: 22
Guy Laliberté – Founder, Cirque de Soleil, Montreal, QC, Canada Age: 52
Ben Lamb – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 27
Tom Marchese – Professional Poker Player, Parsippanny, NJ Age: 24
Jason Mercier – Professional Poker Player, Davie, FL. Age: 25
Michael Mizrachi – Professional Poker Player, Miami, FL. Age: 31
John Morgan – CEO, Winmark Corporation, Minneapolis, MN Age: 71
Daniel Negreanu – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 37
Paul Newey –  Chairman, New Wave Ventures, Dorset, United Kingdom Age: 43
Chamath Palihapitiya – Venture Capitalist, Burlingame, CA. Age: 35
Bill Perkins – Owner, Small Ventures (Private Equity), Houston, TX. Age: 43
Paul Phua – Businessman, Miri, Malaysia Age: 48
Brian Rast – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 30
Vivek Rajkumar – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 26
Tobias Reinkemeier – Professional Poker Player, Brighton, Germany Age: 24
Andrew Robl – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 25
Phil Ruffin – Owner, Treasure Island Resort, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 76
Rick Salomon – Film Producer, Los Angeles, CA. Age: 44
Nick Schulman – Professional Poker Player, Manhattan, NY. Age: 27
Noah Schwartz – Professional Poker Player, Miami, FL. Age: 28
Erik Seidel – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 52
Mike Sexton – Professional Poker Player, Las Vegas, NV. Age: 64
Dan Shak – Founder, SHK Asset Management, Philadelphia, PA Age: 53
Talal Shakerchi – European Hedge Fund Manager, Surrey, England Age: 48
Mikhail Smirnov – Businessman/Poker Player, Moscow, Russia Age: 39
Justin Smith – Professional Poker Player, Los Angeles, CA. Age: 24
Brandon Steven – Businessman/Car Dealer Owner, Wichita, KS. Age: 38
Sam Trickett – Professional Poker Player, East Retford, England Age: 25
Haralabos Voulgaris – Professional Sports Handicapper, Winnipeg, Canada Age: 37
Richard Yong – Asian Businessman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Age: 54
 
Satellite Winner $25,300 Mega Satellite – June 30 at Rio (name) TBD Age: TBD
Satellite Winner MGM Resorts International June 30 VIP winner (name TBD) Age: TBD
 
Late breaking news Saturday was that high profile poker professional and twelve-time WSOP bracelet winner, Phil Hellmuth, had been included in the list.
 
The rumour mill appeared confused, suggesting that Hellmuth had either won or bought seat 48, a satellite seat put up by MGM Resorts International.
 
Reports last week were that Hellmuth was wheeling and dealing to get big wallets to invest in him for the competition.