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Esposito Wins WSOP Circuit Event New Orleans

New Yorker Outlasts 345 Players to Claim Ring


The World Series of Poker Circuit event at Harrah's New Orleans concluded yesterday with Lou Esposito winning it and the $516,801 top prize. Esposito came back from a 7.5-to-1 chip deficit at the start of the final table to win it.

Esposito also received an entry into the WSOP main event this summer, $1,000 traveling money, and a gold ring.

The $5,000 event attracted 346 and generated a prize pool of more than $1.6 million. The entire top nine were:

  • Lou Esposito, $516,801
  • Clint Schafer, $266,736
  • David Fox, $133,368
  • Phil Gordon, $116,697
  • Anthony Longoria, $100,026
  • J.D. Estilette, $83,355
  • David McLeroy, $66,684
  • Bobby "Wiz" Wisiak, $50,013
  • Scott Mitchell, Pensacola, $33,342

The top 38 got paid, although there was a three-way split for 36th place.

Gordon was the main story for most of the three-day event because of his domination after coming way back. At one point during the first day, he was down to $525 in chips. It looked like the end of the day for Gordon after having squeaked his way up to $1,200 when he ended up all in with K-2 against A-Q with a board reading K-J-T.

Lou Esposito"I figured my chance of winning this tournament at the point when I was all in with the K-2 against the made straight was about 150,000-to-1 against," Gordon said. "My equity in this tournament was a grand total of $17. I've never experienced such an incredible turnaround."

But running twos kept Gordon alive. He ended the day as chip leader with more than $100,000 in chips and kept the lead all the way to the final table.

About two hours into the final table, Gordon's luck ran out when he ran into Esposito's A-A while holding K-K. After all the dust cleared from the hand, Gordon was left with about $500,000 and Esposito, more than $1 million.

After building his chip stack up to more than $1 million again, Gordon would first lose about $300,000 when he lost a race against Schafer. Then, he found himself all in with A-T versus Schafer's A-Q, and never improved.

Three-handed, Esposito first knocked out Fox holding A-A against 7-7, which gave him a little more than $2 million in chips. At this point, Schafer had about $1.4 million.

The heads-up portion lasted about two hours, and ended after both players flopped a pair of sixes. But Esposito had a king as a kicker, and that was good enough to send Schafer home in second place.

Esposito is a 31-year-old businessman from Howard Beach, New York. He owns a pizzeria, vending machines, and a cell phone store. He's only been playing poker for about two years, but has already competed in more than 40 events. This is his first major win.



over 14 years ago

Phil Gordon had over 2 times everybody going in to the final table and blew it. That guy is really overated