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2016 WSOP Championship Event Day 2C: Gustavo Lopes Day’s Chip Leader, Still Can’t Catch Valentin Vornicu

The final Day Two is in the books at the 2016 World Series of Poker Championship Event and, although he would emerge with the day’s largest stack, Day 2C chip leader Gustavo Lopes wasn’t able to catch the man who is the overall chip leader, Valentin Vornicu. A massive throng of 3252 players – larger than most tournament’s starting field – came back for play on Day 2C with Timothy Sheehan atop the leaderboard. The plan was, like their Day 1A/1B brethren, to play five and a half levels on Wednesday and try to get the numbers down to a manageable number for the segregated field to combine on Thursday. The day’s roster of players seemed like it was an invitational for former champions of this event as players such as Phil Hellmuth, Ryan Reiss, Martin Jacobson, Scotty Nguyen, Greg Merson, Joe Hachem and defending champion Joe McKeehen were all

Guy Laliberté Announces Invitation-Only Big One for One Drop

The highlight of the World Series of Poker every year is obviously the $ 10,000 Main Event. A few other events on the schedule have captured the interest of poker players and the poker public alike, though, including the $ 50,000 Poker Players Championship, the Colossus, and the Big One for One Drop. Created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté in cooperation with Caesars, the Big One debuted in 2012 as the largest buy-in event of all time, requiring players to pony up $ 1 million to play. One ninth of that buy-in was earmarked for One Drop, a charitable organization whose goal is make sure everyone in the world has access to clean, fresh water. No rake was taken from the events, so the remainder of the buy-in went directly into the prize pool. There have only been two Big One tournaments, in 2012 and 2014. Antonio Esfandiari