The $111,111 One Drop High Rollers Tournament, one of the events of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) 2013, began on Wednesday with a player field of 166. Some of the best professional poker players in the world are taking part in this event in the hopes of winning the first place prize of $5 million and a prestigious WSOP gold bracelet.
Among the participants are Johnny Chan, Tobias Reinkemeier, Tom Dwan, Matta Glantz, Dan Shak, Kyle Julius, Eugene Katchalov, Ben Lamb, Daniel Negreanu, and others. Several amateur poker players are also taking part in this event, and many of them are rich businessmen with a penchant for poker.
David Einhorn, one of the most noteworthy amateur poker players, is the founder president of Greenlight Capital. Last year, he was one of the finalists of the $1 Million Big One for One Drop Tournament. Having finished third by defeating poker players such as Mike Sexton, Phil Hellmuth, and others, he won the third-place prize of $4.3 million. He said: “I came to the One Drop because it’s a lot of fun. You get to play against the best players in the world. It’s a great experience and so cool to be around so many great people who all want to contribute a great cause.”
Bill Perkins, who hails from Houston in Texas, had taken part in the $100k PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) Super High Roller Tournament, but had been eliminated early. He then took part in the $25k High Roller Tournament and won a prize of $58,020.
Bill Klein, a retired entrepreneur hailing from South California, began playing poker with family members and friends, and now travels to Las Vegas to play poker and blackjack. Klein finished fifth in the World Poker Tour (WPT) 2012 $100k NL Hold’em Super High Roller Tournament and won a prize of $263,160.
Roger Sippl, who is yet another amateur poker player taking part in the big event, said that he learned how to play poker from his grandmother. He took part in the Senior Championships tournament of 2013, in which he finished 239th and won $2,498. A few months back, he finished as the runner-up of the Bay 101 Shooting Star High Roller tournament, but he won his biggest cash prize of $192,960 when he finished fifth in the $100k High Roller event of the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic of Dec 2011.