Sam Trickett Rules Day 1 of 2014 Big One for One Drop, 31 Remain

Sam Trickett was virtually unstoppable on Day 1 of the 2014 Big One for One Drop, and he bagged a big chiplead at the end of the night. (Drew Amato photo)

Sam Trickett was virtually unstoppable on Day 1 of the 2014 Big One for One Drop, and he bagged a big chiplead at the end of the night. (Drew Amato photo)

While the pomp and circumstance was not quite as over the top for the 2014 Big One for One Drop as it was two years ago, a $1 million buy-in speaks for itself. 42 players who entered Sunday afternoon with a dream of a $15 million payday and a platinum bracelet at the 2014 World Series of Poker, and for a few fortunate souls those chances got a little bit better on Day 1.

No one fared better in his Day 1 quest than Sam Trickett, who has hopes of finishing one spot better than his runner-up result in the first Big One for One Drop. Trickett scored the first knockout of the day to essentially double his stack, and he was singlehandedly responsible for three of the first four eliminations on Day 1. He’ll take 13.4 million into Monday’s action, which gives him a tremendous lead over the rest of the field after nine levels of play.

Trickett and David Einhorn each made the final table of the first Big One for One Drop, but the latter eliminated the former in a massive pot before they even played through a single level this time around. After Trickett raised to 18,000 on the button, Einhorn three-bet to 51,000 in the small blind. Trickett called and the flop was J 6 2, which led Einhorn to bet out 75,000. After a moment’s thought, Trickett called.

The turn was the 3, Einhorn bet 175,000, Tricket raised to 475,000, Einhorn three-bet to 775,000 and Trickett eventually called. With 1.8 million chips already in the pot, the river was the Q and Einhorn bet 850,000. Trickett raised all in and Einhorn quickly called, tabling J J only for Trickett to show 4 5 for the turned six-high straight. The 6 million chip pot went Trickett’s way, and Einhorn was out $1 million in less than an hour.

After getting there with a flopped pair and gutshot against Igor Kurganov’s overpair to send the Russian to the rail, Trickett’s stack truly blossomed in a massive pot against Vanessa Selbst. They raised back and forth preflop until Selbst six-bet shoved for 3.9 million with a 30,000 big blind and Trickett eventually called off with K K. It looked like a tremendous chance to earn a stack almost five times what players started with, until an A 9 6 flop left a devastated Trickett to shout “No!”. The one outer came on the turn, though, as the K turned his sorrow into joy and left Selbst with two outs to survive – which she failed to do as the 3 fell on the river.

It’s not a one horse race by any means, however, especially in a tournament with some of the world’s best players. Tom Hall ended the night in second place with 9,125,000, and right behind him is Phil Ivey, fresh off his 10th career bracelet. Daniel Colman, Noah Schwartz and defending One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari all managed to double their stacks on Day 1, and Rick Salomon wasn’t far off that pace.

Trickett dispatched Einhorn, Selbst and Kurganov, but Stanley Choi was the second player eliminated from the tournament, going out in Level 6 at the hands of Phil Galfond. Galfond flopped bottom set with 6 6 on a K Q 6 board and got Choi to call off with A K. The K on the turn opened up some live outs for Choi, but the 4 river doomed him to a 41st place finish.

The last level of the night was particularly bloody as Max Altergott, Brian Rast and Philipp Gruissem were all sent packing. Noah Schwartz outraced both of the Germans, beating Altergott with A K against 9 9 and Gruissem with pocket sevens against ace-queen. Rast failed to catch up with the A against Talal Shakerchi’s K 8 on a 9 5 2 to end his chances at a second consecutive final table in this event.

Jason Mercier lost a race with A J against Colman’s 9 9 with the A falling on the turn to join the ranks of the fallen, and Ivey claimed Niklas Heinecker as a victim when his A K held against Heinecker’s A 9 to make it five eliminations. Dan Smith ran A K into the pocket jacks of Brandon Steven on the last hand of the day and couldn’t hit a card, making it six players busted in the final level. Ivey also picked off Rono Lo on the last hand at another table, adding to his stack, taking a second player out before the chip bags came out and bringing the final totals to seven players busted in the final level and 11 players out on Day 1.

There were 37 players in the field when the tables were drawn, but Erik Seidel, David Sands, Rono Lo and Rick Salomon quickly joined the fray. Just as the first break was ending, Gabe Kaplan got into the field to make it 42 players, and it appeared as if a slow trickle of players would continue to get in throughout the six levels of late registration. As the dinner break came and went and the seventh level of play began, however, just one player appeared poised to join – the one and only Phil Hellmuth.

A stack was seemingly set aside for the Poker Brat to be the 43rd member of the 2014 Big One for One Drop field as he headed to put up his $1 million, but after a short span in Level 7 all of the unplayed stacks were collected and the field redrew to five tables of eight. Hellmuth offered some clarification on Twitter.

With the field locked in at 42 players, the final table of eight will be the only ones getting paid. A min-cash will net the eighth place finisher a $1,306,607 payday, all the way up to $15,306,668 for the winner. The full payout table is as follows:

  1. $15,307,668
  2. $8,288,001
  3. $4,480,001
  4. $2,800,000
  5. $2,053,334
  6. $1,680,000
  7. $1,418,667
  8. $1,306,607

The 31 remaining players will return at 1 pm PST Monday afternoon, and the plan is to play all the way down to a final table of eight by the the end of the night.

2014 $1 Million Big One for One Drop – End of Day 1 Chip Counts

  1. Sam Trickett – 13,400,000
  2. Tom Hall – 9,125,000
  3. Phil Ivey – 7,675,000
  4. Daniel Colman – 6,875,000
  5. Antonio Esfandiari – 6,725,000
  6. Noah Schwartz – 6,275,000
  7. Rick Salomon – 5,890,000
  8. David Sands – 4,615,000
  9. Phil Galfond – 4,390,000
  10. Daniel Negreanu – 4,270,000
  11. Erik Seidel – 4,250,000
  12. Brandon Steven – 4,205,000
  13. Tobias Reinkemeier – 4,125,000
  14. Doug Polk – 3,885,000
  15. Connor Drinan – 3,685,000
  16. Gabe Kaplan – 3,475,000
  1. Tony Gregg – 3,415,000
  2. Isaac Haxton – 3,370,000
  3. John Juanda – 3,215,000
  4. Cary Katz – 2,945,000
  5. Paul Newey – 2,845,000
  6. Bill Klein – 2,840,000
  7. Erick Lindgren – 2,175,000
  8. Christoph Vogelsang – 2,060,000
  9. John Morgan – 1,800,000
  10. Talal Shakerchi – 1,685,000
  11. Daniel Cates – 1,670,000
  12. Greg Merson – 1,625,000
  13. Scott Seiver – 1,165,000
  14. Guy Laliberte – 1,030,000
  15. Jean-Robert Bellande – 1,005,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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