The Little One for One Drop, the smaller sibling of the Big One for One Drop, kicked off on Wednesday afternoon in the Brasilia Room of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and attracted a bumper crowd of players, many of whom took advantage of the unlimited reentry policy made available for this event.
Among the scores of players who chose Day 1a as their start day were the likes of Jason Wheeler, Jason Helder, DJ MacKinnon, Barry Shulman, Darren Elias, Chris Moorman, Timothy Reilly, Frank Rusnak, Melanie Weisner, and many more.
Wheeler was one of the top stacks in the room to end the night, but it was Cuong Van Nguyen to finish on top with 91,000 in chips.
Some of those who will need to buy in on Thursday's Day 1b because they busted this flight include Erik Seidel, Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, Amanda Baker and JC Tran. Tran actually busted six times during the eight hour-long levels.
Day 1b commences at Thursday at 12 p.m. local time and the plan is to mirror that of Day 1a — eight one-hour levels with a 20-minute break after each level. Late entry and reentries are permitted to the end of the sixth level and that should make for a monster-sized field like that of 2013.
Until then, it is goodnight from the PokerNews Live Reporting team.
David Williams joins the PokerNews Podcast before the start of Day 3 of Event #59 to discuss Daniel Colman winning the BIG ONE for ONE DROP, his disregard for the media, and more. Jason, Donnie, and Rich continue the discussion in the second half of the show, and also talk about the "dispute" that lead to the Macau-based players skipping the $1 million tournament.
Welcome to Day 1A of Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop. The smaller sibling to the massive buy-in "Big One for One Drop" event that completed on Tuesday, the "Little One" will be smaller in dollars, but certainly big in terms of player pool.
With 4,756 entries last year and $111 from each going to OneDrop.org as a charitable contribution, that meant over $500,000 going to the worthy charity. Last year's champion, Brian Yoon, took home a hefty sum as well, walking away with $663,727.
Given the two starting flights and unlimited reentry format, this event is expected to go large again this year, literally and charitably.
Action will kickoff at noon PT and PokerNews Live Reporting team will be on hand to cover the first flight as well as Thursday's Day 1B, through to the completion of the event on Saturday. Stay tuned for the big "little one" action.