Hoping for better WSOP results after a personally rough opening week
June 06, 2017 3:03 AM
by Patricia Chavira
World Series of Poker Week 1 didn’t start so well for the family. Due to an unforeseen family emergency, my husband and I were unable to attend the opening week of the WSOP.
Though my husband couldn’t play the first Omaha event of the WSOP, he was able to follow the action at wsop.com as he virtually railed his friend Brian Nadell, who placed 29th.
Event No. 4: $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo or Better had a prize pool of $1,221,750 and 905 entries. Benjamin Zamani won his second gold bracelet and $238,620.
Event No. 2: $10,000 Tag Team No-Limit Hold’em Championship was won by poker couple Liv Boeree and Igor Kurganov. This was the first WSOP bracelet for both. First place paid $272,964, and both Boeree and Kurganov will donate half their winnings to the Raising for Effective Giving (REG) charity.
Speaking of charity, an elite group of poker players played in Event No. 6: $111,111 High Roller for One Drop No-Limit Hold’em to benefit the One Drop Foundation, which assists in bringing clean water to various parts of the developing world.
One Drop has projects in Central America, India and West Africa. Originally founded by poker player and Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, One Drop has raised nearly $52 million.
Since 2011, Laliberte has teamed with Caesars Entertainment, owner of the World Series of Poker, to hold One Drop tournaments during the WSOP to benefit the charity. The first tournament, the Big One for One Drop held during the 2012 WSOP, featured a record-breaking $1 million buy-in.
$111,111 of each buy-in went to the One Drop Foundation. Forty-eight players entered creating a record-breaking $18.3 million first prize. Laliberte donated his $1.83 million fifth-place winnings to the foundation.A total of $7.28 million was raised for the charity from this single tournament.
As of press time, there were 12 players remaining out of 130 entries in the One Drop High Roller. The prize pool was over $13 million. Bertrand Grospellier was leading the field.
This weekend also featured Event No. 5: Colossus III $565 No-Limit Hold’em. As of press time, there were 14,130 entries. The prize pool hadn’t been calculated as registration was still open. With a $1 million guaranteed first prize, winning this event is every poker player’s dream.
Week 2 will feature great mixed-game action including Event No. 11: $1,500 Dealers Choice 6-handed, which started Monday, and Event No. 14: $1,500 H.O.R.S.E. on Wednesday.
Follow all the action at wsop.com.
Patricia Chavira is a freelance writer and social media consultant specializing in gaming. She has played poker professionally for over 10 years. Email: PatriciaChavira@gamingtoday.com