The Big One for One Drop is the single biggest buy-in poker tournament in the world and it attracts a combination of elite level players and wealthy businessmen looking to test their mettle against those players. This summer, 27 players put down the $1 million buy-in in hopes of winning the World Series of Poker bracelet and the $10 million first place prize.
One of those 27 players was 888poker pro, Dominik Nitsche. The 27-year-old German poker pro allowed a film crew to follow him in the days leading up to the tournament and through his run One Drop run to give poker fans a glimpse into the world of high stakes tournaments.
The four-part video series includes footage from areas of the WSOP which are generally off-limits to fans and media alike. In the opening video, Nitsche is having difficulty fitting all of his cash and casino chips into his safety deposit box at the Rio as he continues to collect payments from his investors.
The second video actually shows Nitsche piling the $1 million buy-in up so some of his fellow poker-playing friends can take selfies with it before he officially hands the money over to the WSOP cashier.
The third video brings poker fans right into the action as Nitsche takes his seat for Day 1 and finds his table draw tougher than anticipated. Rather than being surrounded by the wealthy businessmen that some were expecting to play, Nitsche was seated with fellow high roller killers Adrian Mateos, Jake Schindler, David Peters and Jason Koon.
The fourth and final video showcases some limited Day 2 action and Nitsche’s elimination at the hands of eventual One Drop champion Justin Bonomo. Nitsche also shares some candid thoughts with producers following his elimination where he discusses what it’s like to buy-in to the year’s biggest tournament and not cash.
All was not lost for Nitsche this summer though. Along with six WSOP cashes, Nitsche was also very successful playing the high roller events at the Aria Resort & Casino. He won two of them and finished runner-up to Mateos in another, earning a total of $617,720.