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Buy-In: $1,000,000
Prize Pool: $42,666,672
Entrants: 48

Event 55 - $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold'em The Big One for One Drop

  • Jul 01, '12 - Jul 03, '12
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Updates on Final Day (Jul 03, 12)

 
 

Antonio Esfandiari Wins Event no. 55 ($18,346,673)

Antonio Esfandiari Wins Event no. 55 ($18,346,673)
Sam Trickett Eliminated in 2nd Place ($10,112,001)

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari managed to amass a nearly than 3:1 chip lead over Sam Trickett heading into the final hand of the night. Esfandiari opened the button for 1,800,000 and Sam Trickett called from the big blind.

The flop came JDiamond Suit5Diamond Suit5Club Suit, Trickett checked, Esfandiari bet, Trickett raised to 5,400,000, Esfandiari three-bet to 10,000,000, Trickett four-bet to 15,000,000, Esfandiari five-bet shoved and Trickett called all in.

Esfandiari was ahead on the flop with 7Diamond Suit5Spade Suit for trip fives against Trickett’s flush draw with QDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit.

The turn and river were the 3Heart Suit and the 2Heart Suit, offering no help to Sam Trickett who was eliminated in 2nd place ($10,112,001). Antonio Esfandiari wins Event no. 55, taking home the largest prize in poker history ($18,346,673).

And while Esfandiari also won the WSOP’s first platinum bracelet of its kind, it will be Antonio’s father who will be taking that home. Esfandiari honored his father after his big win by giving him the bracelet and calling him on stage to share in the celebration during the winner’s ceremony.

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Player Tags: Antonio Esfandiari,   Sam Trickett
 

Level 22 Update: Esfandiari Leads Trickett Heads-Up; Einhorn 3rd ($4,352,000), Hellmuth 4th ($2,645,333), Laliberte 5th ($1,834,666)

Level: 22

Blinds: 400,000-800,000 with a 100,000 ante

Players Remaining: 2 out of 48

Average Chip Count: 72,000,000

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 4 — Antonio Esfandiari — 106,075,000

Seat no. 6 — Sam Trickett — 37,900,000

Players Eliminated:

David Einhorn — 3rd Place ($4,352,000)
Phil Hellmuth — 4th Place ($2,645,333)
Guy Laliberte — 5th Place ($1,834,666)

Live Updates:

Guy Laliberte Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,834,666)

Guy Laliberte

Sam Trickett opened the pot for 1,600,000 from under the gun, Guy Laliberte reraised to 5,000,000, Antonio Esfandiari four-bet to 12,300,000, Laliberte moved all in and Esfandiari called.

Laliberte was ahead with QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit against Esfandiari’s ASpade SuitKDiamond Suit.

The board came JClub Suit7Diamond Suit2Club SuitKSpade Suit4Club Suit, giving Esfandiari top pair on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Guy Laliberte in 5th place ($1,834,666). Esfandiari took a commanding chip lead that hand with more than 87 million.

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated in 4th Place ($2,645,333)

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth opened the pot for 2,800,000 before the flop, Sam Trickett moved all in for around 33.5 million and Hellmuth called all in for just over 8 million.

Trickett was ahead before the flop with AHeart SuitQHeart Suit against Hellmuth’s ASpade Suit10Spade Suit.

The board came AClub Suit10Spade Suit5Heart SuitKDiamond SuitJClub Suit, giving Hellmuth top two a pair on the flop to take the lead, but Trickett caught a running straight on the river to win the pot and eliminate Phil Hellmuth in 4th place ($2,645,333). Trickett ended the hand with just under 43 million in chips.

David Einhorn Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,352,000)

David Einhorn

Antonio Esfandiari opened the button for 1,600,000, David Einhorn moved all in for just over 15,000,000 from the big blind and Esfandiari called.

Esfandiari was ahead before the flop with KClub Suit10Spade Suit against Einhorn’s KSpade Suit9Club Suit.

The board came 10Heart Suit9Diamond Suit6Heart Suit3Heart SuitQDiamond Suit, giving Esfandiari top pair on the flop to win the pot and eliminate David Einhorn in 3rd place ($4,352,000).

Antonio Esfandiairi took the chip lead going into heads-up play with 102,475,000 to Sam Trickett’s 41,500,000.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Level 21 Update: Rast 6th ($1,621,333), Baldwin 7th ($1,408,000)

Level: 21

Blinds: 300,000-600,000 with a 75,000 ante

Players Remaining: 5 out of 48

Average Chip Count: 28,800,000

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Guy Laliberte — 26,425,000
Seat no. 3 — Phil Hellmuth — 10,425,000
Seat no. 4 — Antonio Esfandiari — 59,225,000

Seat no. 6 — Sam Trickett — 36,375,000

Seat no. 8 — David Einhorn — 11,525,000

Players Eliminated:

Brian Rast — 6th Place ($1,621,333)
Bobby Baldwin — 7th Place ($1,408,000)

Live Updates:

Bobby Baldwin Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,408,000)

Bobby Baldwin

Guy Laliberte opened the pot for 1,000,000 from under the gun, Bbby Baldwin three-bet to 5,000,000, Laliberte shoved and Badlwin called all in.

Laliberte was ahead before the flop with JHeart SuitJClub Suit against Baldwin’s AClub Suit10Spade Suit.

The board came 10Heart Suit8Club Suit7Spade SuitQHeart Suit7Heart Suit, offering no help to Bobby baldwin who was eliminated in 7th place ($1,408,0000. Laliberte moved up to just under 22.4 million that hand.

Brian Rast Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,621,333)

Brian Rast

Sam Trickett opened the pot for 1,200,000 from under the gun, Brian Rast called from the button and Antonio Esfandiari called from the big blind.

The flop came 8Heart Suit4Heart Suit3Heart Suit, Esfandiari checked, Trickett bet 1,800,000, Rast called and Esfandiari folded.

The turn was the 3Spade Suit, Trickett shoved and Rast called all in. Rast showed AHeart SuitJHeart Suit for the nut flush on the flop but Trickett turned over 3Diamond Suit3Club Suit for quads on the turn. Brian Rast was drawing dead on the river and was eliminated in 6th place ($1,621,333). Trickett secured the chip lead that hand with about 51 million.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Level 20 Update: Trickett Leads Final 7 on Dinner Break; Yong 8th ($1,237,333)

Level: 20

Blinds: 250,000-500,000 with a 50,000 ante

Players Remaining: 7 out of 48

Average Chip Count: 20,571,428

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Guy Laliberte — 11,125,000
Seat no. 2 — Brian Rast — 12,650,000
Seat no. 3 — Phil Hellmuth — 17,875,000
Seat no. 4 — Antonio Esfandiari — 38,425,000
Seat no. 5 — Bobby Baldwin — 10,250,000
Seat no. 6 — Sam Trickett — 41,900,000

Seat no. 8 — David Einhorn — 11,750,000

Players Eliminated:

Richard Yong — 8th Place ($1,237,333)

Live Updates:

Richard Yong Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,237,333)

Richard Yong

Richard Yong open-shoved for about 3.3 million before the flop, Brian Rast re-shoved the small blind and Phil Hellmuth folded the big.

Yong was all in for his tournament life and ahead before the flop with AClub Suit2Heart Suit against Rast’s KSpade SuitJHeart Suit.

The board came 7Diamond Suit5Club Suit3Club Suit2Spade SuitKDiamond Suit, giving Rast top pair on the river to win the pot and eliminate Ryan Yong in 8th place ($1,237,333). Rast moved up to over 13.1 million that hand.

Bobby Baldwin Doubles Through Guy Laliberte

Bobby Baldwin

Guy Laliberte opened the pot for 1,000,000 from under the gun and Bobby Baldwin called, followed by Sam Trickett in the small blind.

The flop came 8Club Suit6Heart Suit4Diamond Suit, Baldwin moved all in for around 3.4 million, Trickett folded and Laliberte called.

Laliberte was ahead on the flop with 5Spade Suit4Spade Suit for bottom pair against Baldwin’s KSpade Suit9Spade Suit for over cards.

The turn and river were the 5Club Suit and the 7Diamond Suit, giving Laliberte two pair on the turn, but the river put a straight to the eight on the board and Baldwin made a straight to the nine to win the pot and double up to over 10.5 million that hand. Laliberte ended the hand with about 14.4 million.

The remaining seven players took a one hour dinner break at the conclusion of Level 20 and will return at approximately 4:45pm local time to resume play.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Level 19 Update: David Einhorn Doubles Through Chipleader Antonio Esfandiari

Level: 19

Blinds: 200,000-400,000 with a 50,000 ante

Players Remaining: 8 out of 48

Average Chip Count: 18,000,000

Chip Counts:

Seat no. 1 — Guy Laliberte — 19,725,000
Seat no. 2 — Brian Rast — 9,325,000
Seat no. 3 — Phil Hellmuth — 13,375,000
Seat no. 4 — Antonio Esfandiari — 40,750,000
Seat no. 5 — Bobby Baldwin — 5,450,000
Seat no. 6 — Sam Trickett — 36,950,000
Seat no. 7 — Richard Yong — 3,325,000
Seat no. 8 — David Einhorn — 15,000,000

Live Updates:

David Einhorn Doubles Through Chipleader Antonio Esfandiari

David Einhorn

David Einhorn entered Level 19 second from the bottom in chips with less than 20 big blinds, but found an early double through chipleader Antonio Esfandiari in the first orbit to put himself in the middle of the pack with just under the average stack.

Antonio Esfandiari opened the pot for 900,000 from under the gun, David Einhorn moved all in for about 7.5 million from the cutoff and Esfandiari called.

Einhorn was all in for his tournament life and ahead before the flop with ASpade SuitAHeart Suit against Esfandiari’s KHeart SuitKClub Suit.

The board came 9Spade Suit8Spade Suit5Diamond Suit10Club Suit3Club Suit, and Einhorn’s aces held to double him up to just under average with around 16 million after the hand. Esfandiari dropped down to about 37 million after the hand, though still in first place with Sam Trickett right at his heels.

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 

Action Begins, Final Table Now Underway

The final table of Event no. 55 ($1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em The Big One for One Drop) is now underway, and Card Player will be posting level-by-level updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

Big One for One Drop final table: Antonio Esfandiari, Brian Rast, Bobby Baldwin, David Einhorn, Guy Laliberté, Sam Trickett, Richard Yong, Phil Hellmuth



After two days of nail-biting high stakes action, the final table is set in the $1 million dollar buy-in World Series of Poker Big One for One Drop.

The event started with 48 players, featuring the superstars of the poker world alongside a number of highly successful businessmen with a love for the game and a desire to support the One Drop Charity

34-year-old Russian businessman and poker player Ilya Bulychev was eliminated on the largest money bubble in tournament poker history, finishing tenth for zero dollars, ensuring that the remaining nine were all guaranteed at least a seven-figure cash. The first player eliminated inside the money was 2009 Poker Hall of Fame inductee Mike Sexton The WSOP bracelet winner and World Poker Tour commentator earner $1,109,333 for his ninth place finish.



With that, only eight players remained to battle it out at the ESPN televised final table, each of them with their eyes on the record-demolishing $18.3 million first-place prize. Who will win this historic event and instantly take over the lead in the all-time money list? Here are the eight potential champions in order of chip count:
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1. Antonio Esfandiari – 39,925,000



Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari made a number of opponents disappear while building his sizable stack. One of his biggest vanishing acts was midway through the day when Esfandiari found pocket aces and got stacks in preflop against Jason Mercier’s pocket kings, moving him into a chip lead as the bubble loomed.



Esfandiari had finished third in a $3,000 no-limit hold’em event just a week before this $1,000,000 buy-in began. He has already locked up nearly three times the first prize in that event simply by making the money, and surely has a great shot at his second WSOP gold bracelet and the $18.3 million first-place prize.
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2. Sam Trickett – 37,000,000



East Retford, England’s Sam Trickett turned 26 today. Making the final table of the largest buy-in poker tournament in history seems like a pretty good birthday present for the young pro, and the fact that he has the second largest stack surely makes it even better.



Trickett has more than $6.3 million in lifetime earnings, with considerable success in previous high roller events. At the 2011 Aussie Millions, he won a $100,000 high roller and finished second four days later in the $250,000 buy-in event there, earning over $3 million in a matter of days. Trickett now is staring down the opportunity to win more than six times as much as that and his first gold bracelet. What more could a poker pro wish for as they blow out the candles on their birthday cake?
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3. Guy Laliberté – 21,700,000



Guy Laliberté, the 52-year-old founder and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, was the driving force behind this historic tournament. The event has been a great success, meeting the 48-player cap and raising $5,333,328 for the One Drop Foundation, which he also founded. It seems only fitting that Laliberté should be rewarded for his hard work with a shot at the title.



Originally a street performer, Laliberté built an empire on excellence in performance, and now has a reported net worth of $1.5 billion. Laliberté is no stranger to the poker table, with experience playing in the highest-stakes cash games in the world, and nearly $750,000 in prior tournament earnings, including a fourth place finish in the World Poker Tour Championship $25,000 main event.
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4. Brian Rast – 11,350,000



Brian Rast was the only player to win two gold bracelets at the 2011 WSOP, topping a $1,500 pot-limit hold’em event for his first WSOP title and then following that win up by defeating fellow final tablist of this event Phil Hellmuth heads-up to win the $50,000 Poker Players Championship for $1.7 million. He is back again, looking for his third bracelet and the biggest payout in tournament history.



Rast enters the final table in the middle of the pack, but solidly below the roughly 18-million-chip average stack. With years of experience playing high-stakes cash games live and online, the player known on the virtual felts as “tsarrast” will surely feel as comfortable as one can when eight-figures are on the line.
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5. Phil Hellmuth – 10,925,000



Phil Hellmuth is the all-time leader in bracelets with 12 World Series of Poker titles to his name, including the 1989 WSOP main event. One of poker’s most recognizable names, Hellmuth undoubtedly has his eyes on capturing his record-furthering 13 and the massive prize money that comes along with it. The 47-year-old won his twelfth bracelet just weeks ago in a $2,500 Razz event, his first WSOP win in a non-hold’em event.



Hellmuth is already fifth on the all-time money list with $12,970,089 in live-tournament winnings, and can take a stranglehold on the lead and increase his earnings to more than $30 million if he were able to build his stack and take home this prestigious title.

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6. David Einhorn – 8,375,000



43-year-old David Einhorn is a highly successful hedge fund manager and the Founder and President of Greenlight Capital. The Rye, New York native is no stranger to the felt, however, as he previously made a deep run in the event that held the previous record for largest first-place prize in a poker tournament, the 2006 WSOP main event.



Einhorn finished 18th out of 8,773 entrants. More impressive than his strong showing in the was the fact that he donated his $659,000 in winnings to the Michael J. Fox Foundation. $111,111 of Einhorn’s million dollar buy-in already went to the One Drop charity, but he also has announced that he intends to donate his winning from this tournament to the City Year Foundation, an education-focused non-profit that partners with high-need public schools to provide full-time targeted student interventions.
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7. Richard Yong – 7,475,000



Richard Yong is a 54-year-old businessman from Asia who currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has many businesses worldwide, his main ones being data mining and IT-related companies. Yong’s biggest tournament cash was for finishing fourth in a super high roller event at the 2012 Asian Poker Tour Manila, for which he earned $463,454.



Yong has participated in the highest buy-in cash games and tournaments around the world, including the much-discussed games in Macau that have drawn top pros like Phil Ivey, Tom Dwan, and final tablists of this event Sam Trickett and Brian rast.
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8. Bobby Baldwin – 7,150,000



The shortest stack at this historic final table is far from short on accomplishments. Bobby Baldwin won the 1978 WSOP main event, as well as three other WSOP titles, and has continued to play in some of the biggest cash games in the world, when he has time. Now 62-years-old, Baldwin has transitioned to the other side of the industry, rising to the rank of casino industry executive. The most famous high stakes cash games in the world have taken place in Bobby’s room at Bellagio, named after Baldwin.



Baldwin served for a time as a consultant for the Golden Nugget Casino, was named its president in 1984. He has also headed The Mirage and was named president of the Bellagio in 1998. He served under Steve Wynn as CFO of Mirage Resorts from 1999-2000. He now serves as president and CEO of City Center.
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Day 2 concluded with the elimination of Mike Sexton in 9th Place ($1,109,333), and the official eight-handed final table is now set. Play will begin in Level 18 with blinds of 150,000-300,000 with a 50,000 ante, and will continue until a winner is determined.

With cards now back in the air, here is a look at the final table and how these players match up:

Seat no. 1 — Guy Laliberte — 21,700,000
Seat no. 2 — Brian Rast — 11,350,000
Seat no. 3 — Phil Hellmuth — 10,925,000
Seat no. 4 — Antonio Esfandiari — 39,925,000
Seat no. 5 — Bobby Baldwin — 7,150,000
Seat no. 6 — Sam Trickett — 37,000,000
Seat no. 7 — Richard Yong — 7,475,000
Seat no. 8 — David Einhorn — 8,375,000

While only 8 remain, this event gathered 48 players, creating a total prize pool of $42,666,672. Here is a look at the final payouts:

1st Place — $18,346,673
2nd Place — $10,112,001
3rd Place — $4,352,000
4th Place — $2,645,333
5th Place — $1,834,666
6th Place — $1,621,333
7th Place — $1,408,000
8th Place — $1,237,333

Be sure to check back with Card Player at the conclusion of each level for regular updates with all of the action, current chip counts, and prize distributions.

 
 

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