WSOP $1 Million Event: Final Table

WSOP $1 Million Event: Final TableDay 2 of the $1 million buy-in WSOP tournament known as ‘The Big One For One Drop’ saw 37 out of the original starting field of 48 players return to the Rio casino in Las Vegas and play down to a final table of eight.
One of the features of the tournament was the number of pros which had hit the rail compared to the wealthy amateurs, and early on Russian businessman Mikhail Smirnov (9-9) continued the trend by eliminating both Tom Dwan (A-A) and Daniel Negreanu (A-10) on a pre-flop three-way all-in with the board then running out 9-7-4-8-9.
The 12 hours of action on the day produced many other dramatic moments, such as a short stacked Phil Ivey hoping to double up with Q-Q against Gruissem’s Ad-8d, but the Jd-9s-8s-4d-10d made his opponent a flush to eliminate Ivey before he really got going.
All along Jasom Mercier had been growing his stack and was up to around 10 million in chips when he was dealt K-K and got involved with another big stack Antonio Esfandiari. The pre-flop raising war produced a massive pot but after all the chips went in Mercier saw that Esfandiari had him trumped with A-A and subsequently the magician shot to the top of the chip counts, while Mercier was out in 20th.
As well as Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu and Jason Mercier, other poker pro casualties on the day included Vivek Rajkumar, Phil Galfond, Noah Schwartz, Gus Hansen, Ben Lamb, Tom Marchese, Rajikumar, Tobias Reinkemeier, Roland De Wolfe and Phillip Gruissem,
After Russian businessman Ilya Bulychev bubbled the tournament in 10th, Mike Sexton was then eliminated in 9th ($1,109,333) as the final table then broke over night.
Here is the official final table for WSOP Event#55: The Big One For One Drop
Antonio Esfandiari (39.925m)
Sam Trickett (37m)
Guy Laliberté – (21.7m)
Brian Rast – (11.35m)
Phil Hellmuth (10.95m)
David Einhorn (8.375m)
Richard Yong – (7.475m)
Bobby Baldwin – (7.15m)
With a first prize of $18,346,673 to play for, the final table consisting of 4 poker pros and 4 businessmen will return to the Rio at 12:00 PM PT where a winner will eventually be crowned.

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