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Big One for One Drop lacking Mainstream Publicity

by Jeremy

While there have been plenty of huge poker tournaments in the past, you could make an argument that none had as much potential mainstream appeal as the Big One for One Drop. After all, this $1 million buy-in event not only featured lots of prominent poker pros and businessmen, but it also crowned poker’s biggest winner ever in Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari.

The Magician collected an $18,346,673 first place prize, which easily trumps the $12 million that Jamie Gold earned for winning the 2006 Main Event. Taking all of this into account, you’d think that the Big One for One Drop would’ve garnered a ton of attention outside the poker community. But other people see things differently since much of the mainstream world is still in the dark about this tourney.

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The first thing to consider here is that the Big One for One Drop was shown live on ESPN (they have a WSOP deal) and discussed in major news outlets such as Bloomberg, The Sun, Business Week, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. But on the other hand, you didn’t see Esfandiari on major late night talk shows, Good Morning America, or any of the other mainstream television shows. In short, poker players think there was a missed opportunity here to publicize the One Drop tourney.

Quite a few posters at TwoPlusTwo felt this way, with some people pointing out how the last minute entries created confusion and prevented any truly interesting pre-coverage. Other posters mentioned how if one of the businessmen had won and donated the winnings to charity, it would’ve made for a much better story.

Whatever the case may be, it does seem as if the Big One for One Drop has passed the attention of the mainstream population. But at least it did get plenty of print/internet coverage.

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