Eight Players Compete For Poker’s Record Payout

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(file photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

(file photo credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

(Las Vegas, NV)  —  Competition continues for the richest payout in poker history.  A total of 48 players each paid one-million dollars for the “Big One For One Drop” tournament.

The field is down to just eight players, including Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte, casino executive Bobby Baldwin and Poker Hall of Fame member Phil Hellmuth.  The winner gets at least $18-million .

A portion of the proceeds goes to One Drop, which helps provide clean water to poor areas.

The final round gets underway this afternoon at the Rio hotel.

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