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Buy-In: $10,000 + $300
Prize Pool: $4,248,600
Entrants: 438

WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event

  • Dec 03, '10 - Dec 08, '10
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Updates on Final Day (Dec 08, 10)

 
 

Antonio Esfandiari Wins 2010 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic ($870,124)

Antonio EsfandiariCongratulations to Antonio Esfandiari who has just become a two-time World Poker Tour champion… on his birthday no less.

It was a grueling final table with many ups and downs, but it was the 32-year-old former magician who came out on top nearly 11 hours after it started.

For the win, Esfandiari banks $870,124, a WPT bracelet and a $25,000 seat into the WPT Championship.

Player Tags: Antonio Esfandiari
 

Andrew Robl Eliminated in Second Place ($549,003)

Andrew RoblAntonio Esfandiari raised to 800,000 and Andrew Robl quickly moved all in. Esfandiari instantly called with KClub SuitJDiamond Suit and was excited to see that he was ahead of Robl’s QDiamond Suit10Club Suit.

The flop came ADiamond SuitKDiamond Suit6Diamond Suit and Esfandiari retained the lead. Robl could catch any jack or diamond to win, but the turn and river bricked with the 6Club Suit5Spade Suit and he was eliminated.

Player Tags: Antonio Esfandiari,   Andrew Robl
 

Level 34

Play continues without a break as the blinds increase to 200,000-400,000 with a 25,000 ante.

 

Esfandiari Back On Top

Esfandiari raised to 800,000 and Robl called. The flop came down 9Diamond Suit3Heart Suit2Diamond Suit and Robl checked. Esfandiari bet 1,150,000 and Robl called.

The turn was the 5Club Suit and both players checked. The river was the 9Spade Suit and they checked again. Esfandiari showed Q-2 and took the pot, increasing his stack to 10,000,000. Robl is now down to 7,650,000.

Player Tags: Antonio Esfandiari,   Andrew Robl
 

Robl Takes Back The Lead

Esfandiari raised too 850,000 on the button and Robl called. Both players checked the flop of QClub SuitJSpade Suit2Heart Suit.

The turn was the 5Diamond Suit and Esfandiari bet 825,000. Robl called and both players checked the 6Diamond Suit on the river. Robl showed AHeart Suit5Spade Suit and took down the pot to increase his stack to 10,845,000. Esfandiari is down to 6,810,000.

Player Tags: Antonio Esfandiari,   Andrew Robl
 

Level 33

There’s been zero action on the felt, but enough time has lapsed on the tournament clock to raise the blinds to 150,000-300,000 with a 25,000 ante.

 

A Different Atmosphere

You could say that the mood has definitely changed here in the Fontana Lounge. Most of Andrew Robl’s supporters are also big fans of Antonio Esfandiari, and vice versa. The end result is a very drunk, celebratory rail. The players themselves are not that far behind, having taken at least three double shots on camera and an undisclosed amount during the breaks.

During much of four- and three-handed play, the crowd was quiet, reflecting the tense moments on the felt. Now that these competitors have let loose, the audience has as well, talking amongst themselves and barely paying attention to the action.

 

Level 32

Play continues without a break as the blinds increase to 120,000-240,000 with a 20,000 ante.

 

Esfandiari Takes The Lead

Antonio Esfandiari raised to 600,000 and Andrew Robl called. The flop came QDiamond Suit6Club Suit3Heart Suit and Robl checked.

Esfandiari bet 820,000 and Robl called. The turn was the 4Spade Suit and Robl checked again. Esfandiari bet 1.9 million and Robl folded. With that pot, Esfandiari took a 9.4 million to 8.2 million lead.

Player Tags: Antonio Esfandiari,   Andrew Robl
 

Shots Anyone?

Before heads up play begins, Esfandiari and Robl have requested shots from the cocktail waitress. This is an all Victory Poker heads up match and the two players are undoubtedly having some fun.

Action will resume very shortly.

 
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