Jason Koon confirmed for WPT Big One for One Drop, four other players announced

Jason Koon at the 2023 WSOP
Dave Woods
Posted on: November 16, 2023 05:35 PST

Five more names have been announced for the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop, that plays out December 18-20 at the WPT World Championship festival at Wynn Las Vegas.

Among them is super-high roller end-boss Jason Koon, who has already won six Triton titles this year.

Aleksejs Ponakovs, Artur Martirosyan, Orpen Kisacikoglu and Santhosh Suvarna also join the confirmed field.

The news was announced by WPT on Thursday night.

Up to double figures – how big will it get?

With the new names, the 2023 Big One for One Drop is now up to 13 players.

Already announced are Mikita Badziakouski, Phil Ivey, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates, Rick Salomon, David Einhorn, Talal Shakerchi, Chris Brewer, and Nick Petrangelo.

That's an intimidating line-up.

Mikita Badziakouski playing the Alpha8 for One Drop event Mikita Badziakouski playing the Alpha8 for One Drop event

How many more players will join them at Wynn Las Vegas? It's hard to make any sort of accurate guess. Big One fields have ranged from 27 (in 2018) to 48 (the first, in 2012). If the 2023 tournament avoids being the smallest, then we think it will be considered a success. Triton has the super high-roller market well covered, and there aren't many bankrolls that can stand the hit or players great enough to raise this sort of action.

However, WPT has been trickling names out gradually, and we imagine there will be more to come between now and December 18. We're already up to two tables, and we think it will be at least three by the time the WPT World Championship starts on December 12.

The WPT Festival offers buy-ins to suit everyone, and sitting underneath the $1 million Big One and $10,400 World Championship is the $1,110 Prime Championship.

There are 14 days of livestreaming action from the festival, including the final tables from the big three December 19-21. How many of the names above will be on the final table of the Big One playing for a massive first prize?

WPT World Championship festival streaming schedule

Date Event Time (PST)
December 7 Creator Cash Game                              4pm-10pm
December 8 Ladies Championship Final Table                            TBA
December 9 High Stakes Cash Game                      4pm
December 10 High Stakes Cash Game                             4pm
December 11 PLO Cash Game       4pm-10pm
December 12 Prime Championship Day 3       4.30pm/second break
December 14 Ladies Cash Game 4pm-10pm
December 15 Million Dollar Cash Game 4pm
December 16 World Championship Day 2 1pm-8.30pm
December 17 World Championship Day 3 12.30pm-8.30pm
December 18 World Championship Day 4 12pm-11.15pm
December 18 Daniel Arsham Celebrity Invitational 4pm
December 19 World Championship Day 5 12pm-11.15pm
December 19 Prime Championship Final Table 4pm
December 20 World Championship Day 6 12pm to final six
December 20 Big One for One Drop Final Table 4pm
December 21 World Championship Final Table 4pm

Featured image courtesy of Joe Giron/Triton