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Antonio Esfandiari Wins Five Diamond World Poker Classic

Dec 9, 2010
Author: Michael Mancini
Antonio Esfandiari Wins Five Diamond World Poker Classic

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Antonio Esfandiari battled late into the night against a star-studded field of poker pros to win the World Poker Tour’s Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio. Esfandiari took home $870,124 for his first place finish.

The final table action was filled with a number of ups and downs, with the chip lead changing hands multiple times. While Esfandiari had held the top chip position throughout much of the tournament, he often found himself on the short side of things at the final table.

The final table began with six recognizable faces vying for the title. Ted Lawson came in as the short stack, and was eliminated after just two hands of play. Kirk Morrison followed next, bowing out in 5th place. John Racener, best known for finishing 2nd in this year’s World Series of Poker Main Event, fell in 4th.

That left an exciting trio of poker stars to contest the championship. For a long while, Esfandiari was the short stack, trailing both Andrew Robl and Vanessa Rousso. However, Esfandiari doubled through Rousso just before midnight, taking the pressure off of himself and putting it squarely on Rousso’s shoulders.

A half hour later, Rousso gave in. With blinds at 100,000-200,000, Rousso moved all-in from the button for close to 2 million chips. Esfandiari called, showing AQ, which dominated Rousso’s Q2 of hearts. The board ran out 76538, improving neither player and sending Rousso to the rail.

That left Esfandiari heads up against Andrew Robl, who held a slight chip lead. The two proceeding to battle for nearly three hours, as play continued past 3 am local time. Finally, on the 181st hand of final table play, Esfandiari found himself with a significant chip lead, holding about 11 million chips to Robl’s 6 million.

Esfandiari min-raised to 800,000 chips, after which Robl quickly moved all in, which Esfandiari called. Robl showed Qd Tc, which was slightly behind Esfandiari’s Kc Jd. The flop came AK6, all diamonds, giving Esfandiari a pair, but Robl both straight and flush draws. The turn was a 6 of clubs, and the river a 5 of spades, handing Esfandiari his second World Poker Tour title.

Here were the final standings and winnings for the final table:

1st: Antonio Esfandiari — $870,124
2nd: Andrew Robl — $549,003
3rd: Vanessa Rousso — $358,964
4th: John Racener — $232,271
5th: Kirk Morrison — $168,924
6th: Ted Lawson — $126,693

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