Wednesday, 26 September 2012
Antonio Esfandiari's amazing 2012 has continued in Cannes with the Magician claiming the WSOPE €1,100 hold'em event and with it a third World Series of Poker bracelet.
The Big One for One Drop champion started the day second in the chip counts and worked his way through a final table that included McLean Karr, Antonin Teisseire and Salvatore Bonavena to set up a heads up encounter with home favourite Remi Bollengier who was attempting to become the first Frenchman to win a WSOPE bracelet.. The home rail would be left disappointed though as the $18m man sealed victory after a cagey two-handed contest. The final hand saw Esfandiari open to 33,000 and Bollengier make the call. Bollengier checked the10c-8s-As flop, Esfandiari c-bet 37,000 with the Frenchman check raising to 91,000 which the Magician called. Bollengier check called the Qd on the turn and checked again on the 5d river. There would be no check down though with Esfandiari quickly announcing all in. After a lengthy tank, Bollengier eventually pushed his final 525,000 into the middle revealing Qs7s which was crushed by Esfandiari's Qc8d. Esfandiari's first prize of €126,207 (around US$163,000) may be a (One) drop in the ocean for poker's $18m man but it was good enough to put him to the top of the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year standings.1 Antonio Esfandiari €126,207 2 Remi Bollengier €78,059 3 Salvatore Bonavena €57,079 4 Antonin Teisseire €42,356 5 Valentin Detoc €31,869 6 McLean Karr €24,309 7 Ashly Butler €18,798 8 Jamel Haddad €14,736 9 Florian Ciuro €11,707Keep up to date with all the news from the poker world by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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