Antonio Esfandiari is already in the record books for capturing the biggest buy-in poker tournament in history, the $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop this past summer which made him the all-time WSOP money winner. Esfandiari continued his WSOP streak in Cannes, France by capturing his third ever WSOP bracelet along with the lead in the WSOP Player of the Year race.
Esfandiari entered the final table action with the chip lead and like he did at the Big One for One Drop, he held on to his lead.
In the final hand against French player Remi Bollengier, Esfandiari opened for 33,000 on the button and was called by Bollengier, bringing about a flop of :Tc :8s :As. Bollengier checked, Esfandiari bet 37,000, Bollengier check-raised to 91,000, and Esfandiari made the call. When the :Qd turned, Bollengier check-called a bet of 126,000 and then checked the :5d river. Esfandiari took some time before announcing that he was all in, and Bollengier, who had 525,000 behind, took several minutes before whispering,”I call.”
Esfandiari turned over :Qc :8d and immediately headed over to his supporters on the rail to celebrate. Bollengier’s knew it was all over as he flipped over his :Qs :7s.
2012 WSOPE Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results
Along with Esfandiari, a few notable Canadian pros have also travelled to Cannes to play at the World Series of Poker Europe including Daniel Negreanu, Jonathan Duhamel, Mike McDonald, Mike Watson and Erik Cajelais. Cajelais finished in the money in Event #2 in 27th place to pocket €3,846 just two spots better than fellow Canadian Gianluca Cedolia of Toronto who won €3,335 for 29th place. Negreanu is still one of 20 men left standing along with fellow Canadian Philippe Boucher in Event #4 – €3,250 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout as chip leader Phil Hellmuth chases his 13th WSOP bracelet.