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Poker Hand Matchup: Richard Yong vs. Antonio Esfandiari

Swords T 9 7 8 5

Richard Yong

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 325,000

9 9

66.45 %

53.23 %

61.36 %

Antonio Esfandiari

Win Pre-Flop Win Post-Flop Win Post-Turn

Starting Stack: 308,000

T 8

33.06 %

44.95 %

25.0 %


Posted On: Aug 12, 2013


Preflop, with the blinds at 800 and 1,600 and a 200 ante, Yong raised to 3,200 from under the gun, Esfandiari reraised to 9,000 from late position, and Yong called. On the flop Yong bet 12,000, Esfandiari raised to 30,100, Yong reraised to 92,000, Esfandiari reraised to 190,100, Yong went all-in, Esfandiari called and was all-in.


Defending champion Esfandiari was all-in and covered during this key hand on level 5 of this year’s One Drop tournament. After flopping top pair with an open ended straight flush draw, Esfandiari was happy to push the action against Yong whose middle set would need to fade a host of outs. Yong attempted to protect his vulnerable set from the obvious draws on board with a series of bets and reraises, but Esfandiari relied on the equity of his combination draw as it became apparent Yong wasn’t folding. While the turn card improved Esfandiari to two-pair and opened up the possibility of Esfandiari making a winning Tens full, it wasn’t a bad card for Yong as it gave him a chop opportunity should the straight arrive. Esfandiari needed a Ten or a Heart for the win, and Esfandiari was able to recreate some of last years magic when he hit his flush on the river. Yong was crippled but the massive pot helped carry Esfandiari to the final table, where he finished in 4th ($1,433,438,) narrowly missing back to back bracelets in the One Drop.

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