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‘Magic’ Hand in the L.A. Poker Classic

Well-played by Antonio Esfandiari

by Phil Hellmuth |  Published: Jun 02, 2009

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In late February, I headed off to Commerce Casino in L.A. to play in the $10,000 buy-in WPT (World Poker Tour) event at the LAPC (L.A. Poker Classic). This tournament lasts six days, and is a prestigious one to win. Last year’s tournament featured one of the best final tables in WPT history, with Phil Ivey (he won it), Quinn Do (second place), Nam Le (fourth place), Scott Montgomery (fifth place), and me (sixth place). I had a massive chip lead at that final table, but couldn’t convert it into a win. A few weeks ago, I wrote about a hand from the 2009 LAPC that discussed my slow-play tactics with the K Q when I had a short stack, and then I wrote about a hand that The Celebrity Apprentice star Annie Duke watched during the 2009 LAPC. Now, I want to cover a 2009 LAPC hand that Antonio ...


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