Esfandiari and Trickett headline Big One for One Drop final table
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
The biggest bubble in the history of tournament poker has burst with only eight players still in contention for the $18,346,673 first prize. Leading the charge for the huge score is Antonio Esfandiari who will return to the final table with a narrow chip lead.
The Magician bagged up 39,925,000 putting him just ahead of Englishman Sam Trickett who'll return with 37,000,000. There's clear blue water between them and Guy Laliberte who lies in third on 21,700,000.
There's quite a jump to the remainder of the field with 2011 $50k Players Championship winner Brian Rast in fourth on 11,350,000 followed by runner up in that tournament, Phil Hellmuth in fifth on 10,925,000. Hedge fund manager David Einhorn, who has pledged to donate all of his winnings from the tournament to charity, is one of two non professionals to have made the final table and returns in sixth on 8,375,000 followed by high rolling Malaysian businessman Richard Yong on 7,475,000. Rounding out the eight is 1978 WSOP Main Event winner Bobby Baldwin who returns as the short stack with 7,150,000.
Ilya Bulychev has the dubious honour of being the bubble boy in the biggest tournament in history. The Russian's short stacked shove with Qd6d was looked up by Sam Trickett who was holding Kc7h. A 7d-4d-2c-3s-2s board gave Trickett the pot, sent Bulychev to the rail and guaranteed the nine remaining players a seven-figure score.
The one player to make the money and hit the rail was Mike Sexton who bowed out in ninth with a min-cash of $1,109,333.
The chip counts heading into the final table are as follows:
1. Antonio Esfandiari – 39,925,000
2. Sam Trickett – 37,000,000
3. Guy Laliberté – 21,700,000
4. Brian Rast – 11,350,000
5. Phil Hellmuth – 10,925,000
6. David Einhorn – 8,375,000
7. Richard Yong – 7,475,000
8. Bobby Baldwin – 7,150,000
And here are the huge prizes they'll be playing for:
1st – $18,346,673
2nd – $10,112,001
3rd – $4,352,000
4th – $2,645,333
5th – $1,834,666
6th – $1,621,333
7th – $1,408,000
8th – $1,237,333
Play resumes at 8pm UK time tonight. International viewers will be able to follow the action via a live stream at WSOP.com.