Andrew Robl ponied up the $1m this week to enter The Big One
Tom Dwan will be using some of the cash he has recently been scooping in Macau to pay his way in The Big One
Certainly a genius off and on the table Vivek Rajkumar will dwarf his previous biggest cash of $1.4 million if he takes down One Drop
Jeans89 is the youngest entrant into the $1m tournament - will his age and lack of tournament experience count against him here...
We recently published the first two parts of our four-part series preview of the WSOP The Big One for One Drop event. You can find full details of the tournament and an introduction to the preview in the part one preview. The tournament is the biggest buy-in event in poker history with each player putting up $1 million to play in this prestigious event which will donate 11.1% of the prizepool to The One Drop Foundation. There are currently 44 players registered for the event with a player cap of 48, and we will continue to give a brief description of the players already registered in this part three preview:
Andrew Robl: Although not a renowned live tournament player Andrew Robl still has over $2.3 million in live tournament winnings to his name in his 4.5 year live career. Highlights include a 2nd place finish in this years WPT $100k Super High Roller event for $822k and 2nd place in 2010's $10k WPT Doyle Brunson 5 Diamond Classic for $549k. Robl is better known as 'good2cu', an internet phenom who, before moving on to high stakes cash games carved out a name for himself as a high stakes sit and go expert, having one of the highest recorded ROI's online. Robl started off playing poker in home games while at high school before becoming engrossed in the game, studying every book he could find at the library and making illicit trips to a nearby Indian Casino (an 18+ casino, although Robl was still only 17). Through 2+2 Robl met a lot of his best friends in poker who include such legends as Tom "durrrr" Dwan, David "Raptor17" Benefield and Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond. Around this time Robl became one of the biggest winners at the $5/$10 games on Full Tilt and speedily ascended the stakes to play in the biggest games online at both Full Tilt and PokerStars. As well as online and live Robl has also made several TV appearances playing on Poker After Dark and The Aussie Millions Cash Game - a famous hand occurred in the Aussie Millions Cash Game where Robl's inexperience in PLO lead him to create and run a $250k pot four times from the flop against PLO legend Patrik Antonius with Robl holding just one pair (aces) against Antonius wrap and flush draw. Robl was a severe underdog to win the hand (73% to 27%) but ended up winning all four quarters of the pot. The odds of this happening were just 0.5%. Robl has improved his PLO game somewhat since that hand back in 2009 and if he can hold on to just a little of that luck is in with a great chance at the One Drop event! See the amazing hand at youtube here
David "viffer" Peat: David "viffer" Peat is certainly not known for his tournament record as he virtual never plays them (the last recorded cash he has in a tournament was back in 2007 and he only has three tournament cashes to his name). Viffer is also not a particularly well known quantity in the online world as his presence there is also slim and not particularly noteworthy. Don't let any of this fool you into thinking he is a no hoper here however as Peat is known as one of the most respected high stakes cash game players in the world, having plied his trade in the casinos of Las Vegas for the best part of the last decade. Peat has also made several entertaining TV appearances on High Stakes Poker, Poker After Dark and The Big Game - where more often than not "viffer" has walked away a big winner against some of the biggest names in the poker world. Peat is a character on and off the tables, he's outspoken, witty, competitive and very, very good.
Eugene Katchalov: Ukrainian born New York raised Katchalov is one of the most successful tournament players of all time with over $7 million in live tourney winnings to his name. He has won both WSOP and WPT titles and has a couple of big seven figure scores to his name, taking down the 2011 PCA $100k Super High Roller title for $1,500,000 and the 2007 $15k WPT Doyle Brunson 5 Diamond Classic for just under $2.5 million. Eugene Katchalov is a Team PokerStars player and a former stock market trader with a degree in International Finance and Business. His has cashed three times already at this years WSOP including a 9th place finish in the $5k Seven Card Stud Event and two other top 20 finishes.
Jason Mercier: Mercier is another Team PokerStars Pro and a phenomenal tournament player, having won almost $7.8 million during his four year live career. Highlights include two PLO WSOP bracelets an EPT Title which grossed him $1.4 million and several high profile high roller tournaments with big six figure payouts. In 2009 Mercier was named Bluff Magazine Player of the Year. Mercier doesn't play an awful lot of high stakes online but is known to play for high stakes live and is rumoured to be pretty successful, and proved to be one of the big winners at this years televised Aussie Millions Cash Game. Mercier is 25 years old and hails from Hollywood, Florida.
Jens Kyllönen: Finnish Pro Jens is better known as an online high stakes cash game player where he goes by the name of Jeans89 at PokerStars and PartyPoker and as Ingenious89 at Full Tilt Poker. To date he has won over $3 million at the high stakes games at these sites and plenty more at lower stakes and on other poker networks. He has fairly limited live tournament experience although he is obviously no slouch as he shipped an EPT title in 2009 for over $1.1 million and has $1.4 million in total live tournament winnings. Kyllönen really made a name for himself last year when he won over $1 million in one day playing at Full Tilt Poker inthe $300/$600 PLO ring games. At only 22 years of age Kyllönen will be the youngest player registered at the One Drop tournament but he is currently enjoying a great year online with over $1 million profit so far this year at PokerStars.
Nick Schulman: Manhattan born Nick Schulman has already won over $5 million in live tournaments during his seven year live career. Nick Schulman began playing poker at age 13 (he is now 27) being mentored by some of NYC's most accomplished players Schulman is both a WPT and WSOP winner, taking his WPT title aged just 21 for a huge $2.2 million score and winning his WSOP bracelet back in 2009 in the $10k NL 2-7 Draw Event.
Noah Schwartz: Schwartz has over $2.5 million in live tournament winnings and hails from Miami Beach, Florida. Initial an aspiring baseball pitcher, Schwartz went to college on a baseball scholarship, although torn ligaments from his freshman years derailed his ambitions and instead he took to poker, a game he'd become intrigued with at age 17. As well as his live tournament success Schwartz has also had some impressive online wins, including a Sunday Million win for over $350k. In total Schwartz has around $700k in online tournament winnings at PokerStars and several hundred thousand in winnings across other networks. Schwartz has also been known to play high stakes cash online under the screen name "fouruhaters" at PokerStars.
Sam Trickett: Trickett came to the fore last year when he won an impressive $4.5 million in live tournaments including 1st place in the Aussie Millions $100k high roller for $1.5 million, $1.4 million in the Aussie Millions $250k Super High Roller and 1st place in the P'Artouche Poker Tour Main Event for $1.36 million. English pro Trickett planned originally on making it as a professional soccer player but a serious knee injury prevented him continuing down that path and found that Poker paid better than hustling at the pool halls and he began to take the game seriously in 2005. Trickett almost won a WSOP braclet in 2009, finishing runner up in the $5k NLHE event for over half a million dollars. In total Trickett has over $6.3 million in career live tournament winnings, making him the most successful UK tournament poker player. Sam Trickett as also widely regarded as one of the best live cash game players in the world. He frequently plays in the "Big Game" in Macau and has been on both ends of million dollar pots in the ultra high stakes games played out there. Sam Trickett is a Titan Poker sponsored pro and plays at PokerStars under the moniker tr1cky7 An outstanding NLHE tournament player, expect Trickett to go deep in this one - he seems to thrive on the pressure that a huge buy in presents.
Tom Dwan: Surely "durrrr" needs no introduction, but here it is anyway. Tom Dwan comes from New Jersey although in recent times has been of "no fixed abode" as he travels the globe seeking out the highest stake cash games he can find. Often to be found in Macau contesting million dollar pots Dwan is the ultimate pin up boy for the online generation, having crushed everyone in sight to reach the pinnacle of the cash game world in the period between 2006-2011. Also famous for his $5 million loss to Viktor "Isildur1" Blom in late 2009 during an epic week of $500/$1000 multi-tabling NLHE HU action Dwan went on to win back everything he lost plus interest in the months following his big loss. Dwan is also famed for issuing his "durrr challenge" on Full Tilt Poker whereby he put up $1.5m of his own money versus $500k of any opponent to take him on over 50k hands over 4 tables of PLO and or NLHE HU. The first challenge petered out after Patrik Antonius went over $2 million down to Dwan (it's rumoured that Antonius bought out of the challenge although nothing has ever been confirmed). The second challenge was against Daniel "Jungleman12" Cates and Cates was over $1 million ahead before Black Friday put a halt to proceedings. Dwan has never been one to chase tournament glory although he still has over $2.1 million in live tournament winnings including a runner up place in a $1.5k NLHE WSOP even in 2010 when it was rumoured Dwan was set to pick up around $6 million in bracelet bets if he took down the title. A lot of big names were sweating bullets that night. Dwan has proven himself to be a great ambassador to poker, being the only former member of Team Full Tilt to openly criticize the beleaguered network over the non payment of players funds in the aftermath of Black Friday. Dwan has also made numerous appearances on TV in Poker After Dark, Full Tilt Million Dollar Cash Games, High Stakes Poker and The Aussie Millions Cash Game. He's certainly one to watch.
Vivek Rajkumar: Rajkumar is an Indian poker player who from the age of 12 grew up in the USA in Washington State and attended the the University of Washington to study computer science aged just 15. Vivek Rajkumar has over $4.3 million in live tournament winnings including a WPT tilte after taking down the 2008 WPT Borgata Open for over $1.4 million (he still holds a WPT record for the quickest WPT final table, wrapping up the title in just 48 hands). Rajkumar has also had great success online both in tournaments and as a cash game player. He was a sponsored pro at Full Tilt Poker when it went under and prior to this had won the Full Tilt Million Dollar Gtd tournament. Vivek also played under the name "psyduck" at other sites where he also had a good deal of success, winning hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars.
To read about the other players in the One Drop, check out the first and second or fourth and last part of the series.