Monday, May 12, 2014 | 2:33 p.m.
Big One for One Drop
Nine poker players were added this morning to Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte’s $1-million buy-in the Big One for One Drop charity poker tournament that starts June 29 at the Rio. That makes a total of 32 players, including the first female, Vanessa Selbst, in the second One Drop event.
If One Drop tops out at 56 starters, the first-place prize would be more than $20 million. One of the players is Jean-Robert Bellande, who competed on “Survivor: China.” Las Vegas players Bobby Baldwin (CEO of CityCenter) and pros Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Ivey have already staked their spots alongside Guy in his charitable endeavor, part of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio.
The Big One for One Drop is expected to play out over three days (from June 29 through July 1) with recorded coverage on ESPN airing July 15. A total of $111,111 of each entry is donated to Guy’s charity, and the remaining $888,889 goes into the prize pool, the largest buy-in anywhere for a poker event.
The first event in 2012 was won by Antonio and raised $5 million for Guy’s One Drop charity.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.