Is there ever a better time to be a magician than when you're one of the last 27 players in contention for the November Nine and a guaranteed $1 million payday?
Actually, is there ever really a bad time to be a magician? All those ladies. All those coins.
Whatever the case, poker's most famous former magician, Antonio Esfandiari, will need to pull some tricks from his sleeve today as he is indeed one of the chosen few who has escaped the axe and will return for Day 8 at the WSOP ME.
It almost didn't happen, as Esfandiari was down to the nubs chip-wise late on Day 7 before an eerily magical double-up breathed some life into his top hat.
How'd it go down? Esfandiari, waking up with AA on the button, came over the top of an initial $250k raise and made it $700,000 to go from the big blind. His opponent, Francois Balmigere, tanked for a while before announcing "all in" with pocket jacks.
A fortuitous draw of the cards? A taste of the black arts? Whatever it was, the aces held, and poof - Esfandiari doubled up to a workable 4.4 million in chips.
Oh pocket jacks. Is there ever a proper way to play you?
Anyway. Did he pull his best trick a bit too soon? Are there any more hliariously long scarfs he can pull from his poker pants?
We'll see today, as the remaining players put their dreams on the line and pray that destiny holds a seat for them in November.
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