Esfandiari Wins WSOPE Event 2, Takes Over WSOP POY

Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari outlasted a field of 626 players to win his second gold bracelet of 2012 at the WSOPE earlier today.

Esfandiari beat French player Remi Bollengier heads-up to claim the €126,207 first-place prize in Event 2 €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em. Esfandiari now owns three gold bracelets.

With the victory Esfandiari moved past Greg Merson into the 2012 WSOP Player of the Year lead (Merson will have to finish fourth or better at the Main Event final table in October to re-take the lead).

Esfandiari took the chip lead into the final table of Event 2 with 393,000 chips although he did have to compete with noted pros McLean Karr, Antonin Teisseire and Salvatore Bonavena.

Karr, who won WPT Bay 101 in 2010, finished in sixth place when he shoved with queen-ten and Esfandiari called with ace-eight.

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Bollengier could have become the first French winner since the WSOPE moved to France but was instead forced to settle for second place and the €78,059 that came with it.

To put things in perspective Esfandiari has eight WSOP cashes this year, including winning the biggest poker tournament in history – the $18 million Big One for One Drop.

According to the record books Esfandiari has won more than $18.5 million playing WSOP events this year (although he has admitted he didn’t have all of himself in the Big One).

Several poker players have criticized the WSOP’s decision to include the Big One for One Drop for POY points because there were only 48 entrants.

Here’s a complete look at the final-table payouts for Event 2 €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em:

  • 1st: Antonio Esfandiari -  €126,207
  • 2nd: Remi Bollengier - €78,059
  • 3rd: Salvatore Bonavena - €57,079
  • 4th: Antonin Teisseire - €42,356
  • 5th: Valentin Detoc - €31,869
  • 6th: McLean Karr - €24,309
  • 7th: Ashly Butler - €18,798
  • 8th: Jamel Haddad - €14,736
  • 9th: Florian Ciuro - €11,707
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