Esfandiari Fifth In Chips Heading Into Final Day of PlayPublished on June 28th, 2013 2:08 pm EST
In July of 2012, Antonio Esfandiari outlasted 47 other players to take down the $1,000,000 "The Big One for ONE DROP" event. Esfandiari took home $18,346,673 for his victory, which was the largest first-place prize in the history of tournament poker. The win vaulted Esfandiari to the top of the all-time money list, which is where he remains today.
Fast forward to the 2013 World Series of Poker, and Esfandiari is in the running to win another ONE DROP event.
This year's event, the $111,111 ONE DROP High Rollers event, finished with a total field of 166 players. This ended up creating a total prize pool of $17,891,148, with $4,830,619 going to the eventual winner.
There are currently 26 players left in the event, and one of those players is Antonio Esfandiari. Entering the third and final play of play on Friday, Esfandiari has a very respectable stack of 2,970,000 chips, which puts him about 300k behind the current leader, Martin Jacobson.
The top 24 spots in the tournament will pay, which means that the bubble will burst shortly after the start of play later today.
Some of the other players who will be looking to prevent Esfandiari from winning his second ONE DROP tournament in a row include:
Martin Jacobson, 3,255,000
Connor Drinan, 3,250,000
Matt Glantz, 3,005,000
Olivier Busquet, 2,275,000
Phil Laak, 1,760,000
Haralabos Voulgaris, 1,240,000
Shaun Deeb, 1,215,000
Yevgeniy Timoshenko, 1,205,000
Dan Shak, 1,020,000
The final day of play in this event will get underway at 1 pm local time on Friday afternoon.
Filed Under: The World Series of Poker