Antonio Esfandiari seeks back-to-back One Drop wins

Posted by Steve Ruddock on Jun 29, 2013 Posted in Tournament News, WSOP News | No Comments »

wsop 2013While it doesn’t boast the same $18 million first-place-prize, or the hefty $1 million buy-in of last year’s Big One for One Drop tournament, the $111,111 buy-in One Drop High Roller tournament is still one of the biggest WSOP tournaments in the history of the series, and with just four players remaining Big One for One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari is looking to go two-for-two in One Drop events at the WSOP.

Day 3 started with 26 players and only 24 players making the money; the money-bubble being burst when Haralabos Voulgaris and Yevginey Timoshenko were eliminated. From there the field played-down to the final table which began with Antonio as the chip-leader:

* Seat 1: Brandon Steven – 2,240,000

* Seat 2: Antonio Esfandiari – 11,745,000

* Seat 3: Richard Fullerton – 6,425,000

* Seat 4: Tony Gregg – 3,740,000

* Seat 5: Chris Klodnicki – 9,165,000

* Seat 6: Martin Jacobson – 7,830,000

* Seat 7: Nick Schulman – 2,650,000

* Seat 8: Olivier Busquet – 1,750,000

* Seat 9: Bill Perkins – 4,380,000

One by one players hit the rail, and by the time play was called to a halt the tournament played-down to just four players, and on Saturday we’ll find out who the winner of the nearly $5 million first-place prize will be from the following four players: Bill Perkins (the lone amateur remaining in the tournament) Antonio Esfandiari, and young guns Tony Gregg and Chris Klodnicki.

The big story at the final table is obviously Antonio, but not to be overlooked is amateur player Bill Perkins. Perkins is no stranger to high-stakes poker games, having played multiple High-Roller tournaments in his career as well as making multiple appearances on the short-lived PokerStars Big Game. A win by the multi-millionaire businessman could be just what the doctor ordered for a little mainstream coverage of the tournament.

Here is a look at how the four players will return to the Rio on Saturday:

* Bill Perkins – 14,700,000

* Tony Gregg – 13,900,000

* Chris Klodnicki – 12,000,000

* Antonio Esfandiari – 9,200,000

And here is a look at the payouts for the One Drop High Roller tournament:

1. $4,830,619

2. $2,985,495

3. $1,965,163

4. $1,433,438

5. Richard Fullerton — $1,066,491

6. Martin Jacobson — $807,427

7. Brandon Steven — $621,180

8. Nick Schulman — $485,029

9. Olivier Busquet — $384,122

10. Lawrence Greenberg — $384,122

11. Connor Drinan — $308,622

12. Jeremy Ausmus — $308,622

13. Matt Glantz — $251,549

14. Martin Finger — $251,549

15. Blake Bohn — $208,968

16. Mike Sexton — $208,968

17. Daniel Alaei — $173,723

18. Andrew Lichtenberger — $173,723

19. Phil Laak — $173,723

20. Shaun Deeb — $173,723

21. Jason Koon — $173,723

22. Farshad Fardad — $173,723

23. Dan Shak — $173,723

24. Steve Gross — $173,723

*Resources: www.wsop.com



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