Star studded event at the Bicycle Casino
The tournament field which assembled itself at the Bicycle Casino for the WSOPC $1,675 Main Event yesterday was littered with notable professionals and celebrities, combining to create a field of 756 players. When the 140 survivors came back for day 2, Antonio Esfandiari already had an enormous stack of 520,000 with his nearest competitor being close to 300,000 chips. As the field was whittled down to two tables, Indian pro Nipun Java bowed out in a very respectable 18th place, while former WSOP Main Event champion Jamie Gold, was busily putting his day 3 chiplead to work, alongside offering his usual dose of table chatter.
Esfandiari takes gold
With each player being the centre of attention in terms of creating social atmospheres at their table, while also rising up the chip counts, the crowd were surely delighted to see Esfandiari and Gold make the final table. Little did they know that their treat was about to extend further, as the two protagonists scythed through the remaining players to face off for the title. Gold, a man who many describe as the most fortunate in WSOP Main Event history after his $12 million win, and Esfandiari, who has seen his fair share of rungood – having won the inaugural One Drop Event for $18 million in 2012. The match would have been more tense if Esfandiari hadn’t taken a 13 to 1 chiplead into heads up play, but Gold still secured an early double up to keep things interesting. In the end though, he could not mount a meaningful comeback, and fell in 2nd place, sending the ring, and the USD$226,785 Esfandiari‘s way.
Antonia Esfandiari (Photo WSOP)
The final results are as follows:
1st – Antonio Esfandiari – USD$226,785
2nd – Jamie Gold – USD$139,820
3rd – Barry Woods – USD$103,080
4th – Ray Henson – USD$76,830
5th – Alex Greenblatt – USD$58,025
6th – Brynn Kenney – USD$44,395
7th – Blaise Hom – USD$34,395
8th – Ludovic Geilich – USD$26,980
9th – Jack Duong – USD$21,420