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Final Four Return For Day 4 With Antonio Still Alive

Antonio won't stop until he wins all the money in poker.
Antonio won't stop until he wins all the money in poker.

Day 3 of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event started with 26 players, but only 24 would get paid.

Haralabos Voulgaris busted 26th, and Yevgeniy Timoshenko was the unfortunate Bubble Boy in 25th.

The field had surprisingly shallow chip stacks for most of the day, with the average stack often below 30 big blinds.

The big story is the reigning One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari, and his quest to win back-to-back titles. Esfandiari is last in chips with four left, and if he had won a race in the second-to-last hand of the night, he would've been massive chipleader with three left.

The other three players -- Bill Perkins, Anthony Gregg, and Chris Klodnicki -- are all playing for their first WSOP bracelet.

 

Official Chip Counts and Prizepool

Here are the official chip counts with the blinds increasing to 200,000-400,000 and a 50,000 ante. The average chip stack is 12,450,000 (31 big blinds).

Seat 1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  9,200,000  (23 bb)
Seat 2.  Anthony Gregg  -  13,900,000  (34 bb)
Seat 3.  Chris Klodnicki  -  12,000,000  (30 bb)
Seat 4.  Bill Perkins  -  14,700,000  (36 bb)

1st:  $4,830,619
2nd:  $2,985,495
3rd:  $1,965,163
4th:  $1,433,438

5th:  Richard Fullerton  -  $1,066,491
6th:  Martin Jacobson  -  $807,427
7th:  Brandon Steven  -  $621,180
8th:  Nick Schulman  -  $485,029
9th:  Olivier Busquet  -  $384,122
10th:  Lawrence Greenberg  -  $384,122
11th:  Connor Drinan  -  $308,622
12th:  Jeremy Ausmus  -  $308,622
13th:  Matt Glantz  -  $251,549
14th:  Martin Finger  -  $251,549
15th:  Blake Bohn  -  $208,968
16th:  Mike Sexton  -  $208,968
17th:  Daniel Alaei  -  $173,723
18th:  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  $173,723
19th:  Phil Laak  -  $173,723
20th:  Shaun Deeb  -  $173,723
21st:  Jason Koon  -  $173,723
22nd:  Farshad Fardad  -  $173,723
23rd:  Dan Shak  -  $173,723
24th:  Steve Gross  -  $173,723

Action resumes tomorrow (Saturday) for Day 4, which is scheduled to start at 1:00 pm PT. Return to PokerListings.com for coverage as we take you from the final four players to the bracelet winner who will earn more than $4.8 million.

Average Stack
12,450,000
Players Left
4
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Bill Perkins Doubles Thru Antonio To End Day 3

Bill Perkins (left) doubled thru Antonio to take the chip lead.
Bill Perkins (left) doubled thru Antonio to take the chip lead.

In our last update, Anthony Gregg was the short stack with just 11 big blinds. But Gregg doubled up thru Bill Perkins with 7 7 against A K -- Gregg flopped a set of sevens.

That set up Hand #38.

Chris Klodnicki raised under the gun, and Martin Jacobson moved all in from the hijack for about 10 big blinds. Anthony Gregg moved all in over the top from the big blind, and Klodnicki folded.

Jacobson turned over A J, but he would need to improve to survive against Gregg's Q Q.

The board came Q 7 4 7 3, and Gregg flopped a set and turned a full house to win the pot and eliminate Jacobson from the tournament.

Martin Jacobson  -  Out in 6th Place ($807,427)

Five hands later, Antonio Esfandiari raised from the cutoff, and Richard Fullerton moved all in from the button for nearly 10 big blinds.

Esfandiari quickly called with 10 10, and Fullerton turned over 6 6.

The board came A 9 6 10 8 -- Fullerton flopped a set of sixes, but Esfandiari turned a set of tens to win the pot. Fullerton was eliminated in fifth place.

Richard Fullerton  -  Out in 5th Place ($1,066,491)

 

Bill Perkins Doubles Thru Antonio Esfandiari

In the penultimate hand of the night (that's just a fancy word for second-to-last), Bill Perkins moved all in under the gun for about 22 big blinds, and Antonio Esfandiari called from the button.

Perkins turned over K J, but he'd need to improve to survive against Esfandiari's 7 7.

The board came 9 6 6 K 4, and Perkins paired his king on the turn to win the pot and double up -- into the chip lead.

Average Stack
12,450,000
Players Left
4
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Big Names Bust: Busquet (9th), Schulman (8th), and Steven (7th)

Brandon Steven busted in 7th place.
Brandon Steven busted in 7th place.

Even though the final nine players have combined to the last table in the tournament, technically it isn't the final table. It's the unofficial final table, even though there aren't any tables after this one.

Don't get me started.

Anyway, one of these nine players at the final table won't get official credit for a final table. And that player is Olivier Busquet.

In the third hand on the ESPN Main Stage, Busquet moved all in for about 8 big blinds with K Q, and Nick Schulman called from the big blind with A J.

The board came 9 5 2 5 8, and Schulman won the pot with his ace to eliminate Busquet in ninth place.

He may not get credit for an official final table, but Busquet does get $384,122. Not bad.

Olivier Busquet  -  Out in 9th Place ($384,122)

 

The Official Final Table

Even though nobody moved, the final eight players magically get credit for an official final table, even though it's the exact same table that Busquet was just sitting at. But whatever.

Seat 1.  Brandon Steven  -  2,150,000  (10 bb)
Seat 2.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  11,245,000  (56 bb)
Seat 3.  Richard Fullerton  -  7,315,000  (36 bb)
Seat 4.  Anthony Gregg  -  3,550,000  (17 bb)
Seat 5.  Chris Klodnicki  -  8,775,000  (43 bb)
Seat 6.  Martin Jacobson  -  8,930,000  (44 bb)
Seat 7.  Nick Schulman  -  4,590,000  (22 bb)
Seat 8.  Bill Perkins  -  3,370,000  (16 bb)

As you can see, Antonio Esfandiari was still in the lead at that point as he continues his improbable run to defend his One Drop title.

 

Nick Schulman Out in 8th Place

After the blinds increased to 120,000-240,000 with a 40,000 ante, Richard Fullerton raised from the hijack, and short-stacked Nick Schulman called from the big blind.

More than half of Schulman's chips were already in the pot, so it was no surprise when he moved all in after the flop of K 10 2.

Fullerton called with A Q for a gutshot straight draw with a queen-high flush draw. Schulman turned over 10 9 for a pair of tens, and he'd need it to hold to stay alive.

The turn was the 9, the river was the Q, and Fullerton won the pot with a queen-high flush to eliminate Schulman from the tournament.

Nick Schulman  -  Out in 8th Place ($485,029)

 

Brandon Steven Out in 8th Place

The next hand, Brandon Steven raised under the gun, and Bill Perkins moved all in from the big blind.

Steven turned over 6 6, and he'd need it to hold to stay alive against the A J of Perkins.

The board came A J 5 K 10, and Perkins wins the pot with two pair, aces and jacks, to eliminate Brandon Steven from the tournament.

Brandon Steven  -  Out in 7th Place ($621,180)

 

Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the leaderboard at the break, with the blinds increasing to 150,000-300,000 and a 50,000 ante. The average chip stack is about 8.3 million (27 big blinds).

Seat 2.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  15,450,000  (51 bb)
Seat 3.  Richard Fullerton  -  4,400,000  (14 bb)
Seat 4.  Anthony Gregg  -  3,425,000  (11 bb)
Seat 5.  Chris Klodnicki  -  12,750,000  (42 bb)
Seat 6.  Martin Jacobson  -  4,400,000  (14 bb)
Seat 8.  Bill Perkins  -  9,450,000  (31 bb)

Antonio Esfandiari continues his amazing run to defend his One Drop title and win all the money in the poker world.

Average Stack
8,300,000
Players Left
6
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Antonio Esfandiari Leads the Unofficial Final Table

Antonio Esfandiari has been at or near the top of the leaderboard quite a few times this tournament, but now that the field has combined to a single table, it's suddenly becoming more real.

Esfandiari leads the final nine players with more than 11.7 million in chips.

In case you've forgotten, Esfandiari won the $1 Million Big One For One Drop last year, earning $18,346,673. It would be pretty epic if he could win the One Drop in back-to-back years.

 

Recent Eliminations

Jeremy Ausmus moved all in from the small blind for 14 big blinds, and Antonio Esfandiari called from the big blind with 5 5. Ausmus turned over J 7, and it was a race situation.

The board came A 10 3 K 4, and the pocket fives held up for Esfandiari to win the pot and eliminate Ausmus from the tournament.

Jeremy Ausmus  -  Out in 12th Place ($308,622)

Shortly after that, Connor Drinan moved all in from the button for about 7 big blinds, and Chris Klodnicki called from the big blind with A K. Drinan turned over 7 4, and he'd need to improve to stay alive.

The board came K J 8 2 3, and Klodnicki won the pot with an ace-high flush to eliminate Drinan from the tournament.

Connor Drinan  -  Out in 11th Place ($308,622)

It was only a few minutes later that Martin Jacobson raised from the small blind, Lawrence Greenberg moved all in from the big blind for about 17 big blinds, and Jacobson called.

Greenberg turned over J 9, but he'd need to improve to survive against the A Q of Jacobson.

The board came K 8 2 K Q, and Jacobson won the pot with two pair, kings and queens, to eliminate Greenberg from the tournament.

Lawrence Greenberg  -  Out in 10th Place ($384,122)

 

Updated Leaderboard

Here's a look at the official chip counts for the unofficial final table (courtesy of WSOP.com), with the blinds still at 100,000-200,000 and a 30,000 ante. The average chip stack is about 5.53 million (27 big blinds).

1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  11,745,000  (58 bb)
2.  Chris Klodnicki  -  9,165,000  (45 bb)
3.  Martin Jacobson  -  7,830,000  (39 bb)
4.  Richard Fullerton  -  6,425,000  (32 bb)
5.  Bill Perkins  -  4,380,000  (21 bb)
6.  Anthony Gregg  -  3,740,000  (18 bb)
7.  Nick Schulman  -  2,650,000  (13 bb)
8.  Brandon Steven  -  2,240,000  (11 bb)
9.  Olivier Busquet  -  1,750,000  (8 bb)

Average Stack
5,533,334
Players Left
9
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Unlucky 13th for Matt Glantz on a Bad Beat

After busting, Glantz tweeted "#cantbreathe"
After busting, Glantz tweeted "#cantbreathe"

It wasn't that long ago that Matt Glantz was fifth in chips with 14 players remaining, but as we've mentioned before, this field is pretty shallow right now.

Even when he was fifth in chips, Glantz had only 35 big blinds.

And when you're shallow, it doesn't take much to turn the tide. (Extended metaphor ends here.)

 

Martin Jacobson Puts the Bad Beat on Glantz

Martin Jacobson min-raised from the cutoff, Lawrence Greenberg called from the button, and Brandon Steven called from the small blind. Glantz moved all in from the button for nearly 20 big blinds.

Jacobson called all in, and Greenberg and Steven both folded.

Jacobson turned over A Q, but he was dominated by the A K of Glantz. Jacobson would need to improve to stay alive.

The board came K Q 9 2 10 -- both players flopped a pair, with Glantz retaining the lead, but Jacobson rivered a diamond flush to win the pot and double up.

Glantz was crippled down to less than a big blind.

Martin Jacobson  -  5,800,000  (36 bb)
Matt Glantz  -  140,000  (<1 bb)

Glantz experienced a bit of a dead man's bounce when he more than tripled up on the next hand, cracking aces with 5-3 suited -- Glantz flopped fives full of threes.

Matt Glantz  -  500,000  (3 bb)

Two hands later, Glantz was all in with K 10, but he was dominated by the A 10 of Jeremy Ausmus.

The board came 9 8 3 9 5, and Ausmus won the pot with his ace to eliminate Glantz in 13th place.

Jeremy Ausmus  -  2,500,000  (15 bb)
Matt Glantz  -  Out in 13th Place ($251,549)

 

Updated Leaderboard With 12 Left

It's amazing that there are still 12 players left in this event, because the chip stacks are getting more and more shallow.

Here's a look at the leaderboard as the blinds increase to 100,000-200,000 with a 30,000 ante. The average chip stack is about 4.15 million (20 big blinds).

1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  7,850,000  (39 bb)
2.  Chris Klodnicki  -  6,150,000  (30 bb)
3.  Martin Jacobson  -  5,800,000  (29 bb)
4.  Connor Drinan  -  4,935,000  (24 bb)
5.  Lawrence Greenberg  -  4,700,000  (23 bb)
6.  Anthony Gregg  -  4,180,000  (20 bb)
7.  Richard Fullerton  -  4,000,000  (20 bb)
8.  Bill Perkins  -  4,000,000  (20 bb)
9.  Olivier Busquet  -  3,145,000  (15 bb)
10.  Nick Schulman  -  2,500,000  (12 bb)
11.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  2,500,000  (12 bb)
12.  Brandon Steven  -  2,080,000  (10 bb)

Average Stack
4,150,000
Players Left
12
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$111k One Drop: Final 13 Return From Dinner

Martin Jacobson (center) at the featured table.
Martin Jacobson (center) at the featured table.

The cards are back in the air at the final two tables of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event, and the final 13 players are back in action.

The plan is to play a full 10 levels tonight and then stop, and it seems unlikely that they will have reached a winner by then.

Last night, the remaining 26 players were pretty vocal about their displeasure at stopping before the Money Bubble. But the tournament staff stuck to the schedule and everyone bagged up for the night.

Even though the field is very shallow (in terms of chip stacks), it seems like a longshot to reach a winner this evening, which would turn this into a four-day tournament.

Average Stack
3,830,770
Players Left
13
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Dinner Break: Klodnicki and Esfandiari Lead Final 13

Martin Finger was eliminated in 14th place on a bad beat.
Martin Finger was eliminated in 14th place on a bad beat.

There are 13 players remaining at the dinner break on Day 3 of the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event, and the chipleader is Chris Klodnicki with 7 million.

Not far behind him, in second place, is last year's One Drop champion, Antonio Esfandiari (6.22 million). It boggles the mind to think that Esfandiari could win this event in back-to-back years, turning poker's all-time money list into his personal plaything.

 

Martin Finger Out in 14th Place

Shortly before the dinner break, chipleader Klodnicki raised under the gun, and Martin Finger moved all in from the button for about 11 big blinds.

Klodnicki tanked for a while before calling with Q J, but he was dominated by Finger's A J. Finger was poised for the double up.

But the board came 5 4 3 8 10, and Klodnicki rivered a diamond flush to win the pot and bounce Finger from the tournament.

Martin Finger  -  Out in 14th Place ($251,549)

 

Updated Leaderboard

With the blinds increasing to 80,000-160,000 with a 20,000 ante, here are the updated chip counts from the dinner break, courtesy of WSOP.com:

1.  Chris Klodnicki  -  7,000,000  (43 bb)
2.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  6,220,000  (38 bb)
3.  Bill Perkins  -  5,100,000  (31 bb)
4.  Nick Schulman  -  4,765,000  (29 bb)
5.  Brandon Steven  -  3,650,000  (22 bb)
6.  Richard Fullerton  -  3,495,000  (21 bb)
7.  Martin Jacobson  -  3,475,000  (21 bb)
8.  Olivier Busquet  -  3,145,000  (19 bb)
9.  Connor Drinan  -  3,095,000  (19 bb)
10.  Matt Glantz  -  3,055,000  (19 bb)
11.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  2,820,000  (17 bb)
12.  Lawrence Greenberg  -  2,195,000  (13 bb)
13.  Anthony Gregg  -  2,130,000  (13 bb)

As you can see, even the chipleader has only 43 big blinds, and there are only three players with more than 30.

At some point, the dam will have to burst in another flurry of eliminations.

Average Stack
3,830,770
Players Left
13
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Mike Sexton Hits the Rail; Klodnicki Leads Final 14

Mike Sexton is one of two players to cash both years of One Drop
Mike Sexton is one of two players to cash both years of One Drop

Everyone in the poker world knows Mike Sexton, and most know that he is one of the greatest ambassadors that the game has ever known.

But they sometimes forget that he is also a Hall of Famer, with the poker skills to match.

Sexton has now cashed in both WSOP One Drop High Roller tournaments, a feat only matched by last year's champion, Antonio Esfandiari.

Unfortunately for Sexton, Esfandiari has outlasted him both years.

Chris Klodnicki raised from the button, Olivier Busquet called from the small blind, and Mike Sexton moved all in from the big blind for 700,000. Klodnicki called, and Busquet folded.

Sexton turned over K J, and he was a favorite to double up against Klodnicki's 5 4.

But the board came 9 5 2 Q 4, and Klodnicki won the pot with two pair, fives and fours, eliminating Sexton in 16th place.

Mike Sexton  -  Out in 16th Place ($208,968)

A short while later, Blake Bohn was crippled down to 4 1/2 big blinds when he lost a race with A J against Richard Fullerton's 8 8.

The next hand, Bohn moved all in with A 8, and got a call from Martin Finger in the small blind with K 9.

The board came Q 7 6 K 8, and Finger paired his king on the turn to win the pot and send Bohn to the rail in 15th place.

Blake Bohn  -  Out in 15th Place ($208,968)

 

Updated Leaderboard

Chris Klodnicki lost the chip lead for a little while, but he has since reclaimed it. Nick Schulman has catapulted up the leaderboard to take the second spot.

Schulman won a big pot against Anthony Gregg after a flop of J J 2. Schulman check-raised, and when Gregg three-bet it to 800,000, Schulman reraised it to 1.4 million.

Gregg quickly folded, and Schulman picked up the pot that was worth more than 2.2 million in chips.

Here's an updated look at the leaderboard (courtesy of WSOP.com) with 14 players remaining and the blinds at 60,000-120,000 and a 15,000 ante. The average stack is about 3.55 million (29 big blinds).

1.  Chris Klodnicki  -  5,685,000  (47 bb)
2.  Nick Schulman  -  5,100,000  (42 bb)
3.  Bill Perkins  -  4,800,000  (40 bb)
4.  Connor Drinan  -  4,450,000  (37 bb)
5.  Matt Glantz  -  4,205,000  (35 bb)
6.  Martin Jacobson  -  4,186,000  (34 bb)
7.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  3,320,000  (27 bb)
8.  Olivier Busquet  -  3,120,000  (26 bb)
9.  Brandon Steven  -  3,000,000  (25 bb)
10.  Lawrence Greenberg  -  3,000,000  (25 bb)
11.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  2,985,000  (24 bb)
12.  Richard Fullerton  -  2,600,000  (21 bb)
13.  Martin Finger  -  1,980,000  (16 bb)
14.  Anthony Gregg  -  1,920,000  (16 bb)

Average Stack
3,557,143
Players Left
14
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After Flurry of Bustouts, Klodnicki Leads Final 16

Chris Klodnicki leads the field with only 52 big blinds.
Chris Klodnicki leads the field with only 52 big blinds.

In the first hour after the Money Bubble burst, there were only two bustouts.

In the next 30 minutes, there were six.

None of the eliminations were very dramatic, as the following four players all had fewer than 12 big blinds.

Farshad Fardad ran A 9 into the J J of Jeremy Ausmus, and then Jason Koon couldn't improve with A-J against the A-Q suited of Bill Perkins.

Shaun Deeb lost a race with 10 10 against Chris Klodnicki's K J, and Phil Laak was dominated when he took A Q into battle against the A K of Brandon Steven.

At the featured table, Andrew Lichtenberger moved his 12 big blinds all in with 7 7, but Anthony Gregg moved all in over the top with A A, and the best hand held up.

The short stacks continued to get it in with the worst of it when Daniel Alaei three-bet all in with A 10 against Olivier Busquet's A J.

The Poker Gods teased Alaei with a ten on the flop, but Olivier caught a runner-runner ace-high straight, and Alaei was the next short stack to hit the rail.

17th:  Daniel Alaei  -  $173,723
18th:  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  $173,723
19th:  Phil Laak  -  $173,723
20th:  Shaun Deeb  -  $173,723
21st:  Jason Koon  -  $173,723
22nd:  Farshad Fardad  -  $173,723

 

You Want Drama? Antonio Spikes an Ace on the River

While the bustouts were relatively boring, there wasn't a lack of drama during this level.

Reigning One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari was all in preflop with A Q against Connor Drinan's 6 6.

A fairly standard race situation.

But the defending champion was at risk and facing elimination, and when the first four cards came 9 9 7 5, everyone around the ESPN Main Stage expected Esfandiari to bust.

Esfandiari said, "One time" -- and he got it.

The river was the A, and the audience erupted into cheers as Esfandiari won the pot to double up.

Esfandiari himself leapt into the air with his arms raised, and ran over to the rail to hug his father in celebration.

Antonio Esfandiari  -  4,000,000  (40 bb)
Connor Drinan  -  3,200,000  (32 bb)

 

Updated Leaderboard

Here's an updated look at the top of the leaderboard with 16 players left and the blinds still at 50,000-100,000 and a 10,000 ante. The average stack is about 3.1 million (31 big blinds).

1.  Chris Klodnicki  -  5,200,000  (52 bb)
2.  Bill Perkins  -  4,515,000  (45 bb)
3.  Brandon Steven  -  4,300,000  (43 bb)
4.  Matt Glantz  -  4,200,000  (42 bb)
5.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  4,140,000  (41 bb)
6.  Anthony Gregg  -  3,750,000  (37 bb)
7.  Olivier Busquet  -  3,330,000  (33 bb)
8.  Connor Drinan  -  3,180,000  (31 bb)
9.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  3,050,000  (30 bb)
10.  Nick Schulman  -  2,855,000  (28 bb)

Average Stack
3,112,500
Players Left
16
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Post-Bubble Bustouts? Not So Fast!

Dan Shak doesn't need the money, but he'd love that bracelet.
Dan Shak doesn't need the money, but he'd love that bracelet.

Usually, when there is a long Money Bubble with relatively short average stacks, there is a flurry of post-bubble bustouts.

But that hasn't been the case so far in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller.

An hour after the bubble burst, only two players have busted.

 

Steve Gross Out 24th; Dan Shak Out 23rd

Steve Gross was one of the short stacks on the bubble, and he got it all in preflop shortly after the bubble burst with A K against Brandon Steven's 10 10.

The board came J 6 3 3 J, and Steven won the pot with two pair, jacks and tens, to eliminate Gross in 24th place.

Steve Gross  -  Out in 24th Place ($173,723)

A short while later, Dan Shak saw a flop of K 10 6 against Chris Klodnicki.

Shak check-raised all in with A 8 for a spade flush draw with an overcard, and Klodnicki called with K 7 for a pair of kings.

The turn was the K, the river was the 6, and Klodnicki won the pot with a full house, kings full of sixes, to eliminate Shak from the tournament.

Dan Shak  -  Out in 23rd Place ($173,723)

 

Updated Leaderboard

With the blinds at 50,000-100,000 with a 10,000 ante, here is an updated look at the leaderboard, courtesy of WSOP.com:

1.  Connor Drinan  -  5,200,000  (52 bb)
2.  Matt Glantz  -  4,500,000  (45 bb)
3.  Martin Jacobson  -  4,400,000  (44 bb)
4.  Chris Klodnicki  -  4,200,000  (42 bb)
5.  Bill Perkins  -  3,550,000  (35 bb)
6.  Brandon Steven  -  3,250,000  (32 bb)
7.  Lawrence Greenberg  -  3,100,000  (31 bb)
8.  Anthony Gregg  -  3,000,000  (30 bb)
9.  Martin Finger  -  1,850,000  (18 bb)
10.  Richard Fullerton  -  1,800,000  (18 bb)

Average Stack
2,263,637
Players Left
22
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One Drop Bubble Boy: Yevgeniy Timoshenko

Bubble Boy Yevgeniy Timoshenko
Bubble Boy Yevgeniy Timoshenko

It took 21 hands on the Money Bubble for the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event to even see its first all-in-and-a-call situation.

It took just one more hand after that to burst the bubble.

In the first hand, tournament short-stack Yevgeniy Timoshenko was all in with A 6 against the A 5 of Bill Perkins. While Timoshenko had the higher kicker, it's a situation that often winds up with a chopped pot.

But the board came 7 3 2 9 K, and the two low cards meant that Timoshenko's kicker played -- and he doubled up.

Yevgeniy Timoshenko  -  730,000  (12 bb)

As Timoshenko was leaving the tournament, Shaun Deeb said, "Yev, you've gotta fold those aces on the bubble sometimes." Timoshwnko shrugged and said he didn't know any better because he hasn't read any poker books. (Deeb and Timoshenko were clearly joking with each other.)

 

The Bubble Hand

The next hand (Hand #22 of the bubble), Matt Glantz raised from the small blind, enough to nearly put Timoshenko all in from the big blind. Timoshenko said, "Call," so he technically wasn't all in even though that was his intent.

The flop came 10 5 3, Glantz bet, and Timoshenko called all in with A A. Glantz turned over Q 4 for a club flush draw.

Timoshenko would need to hold to stay alive.

But the turn was the 6, the river was the K, and Glantz turned a club flush to win the pot and eliminate Timoshenko on the Money Bubble.

As a bonus, Glantz moved into the chip lead.

Matt Glantz  -  4,500,000  (56 bb)
Yevgeniy Timoshenko  -  Out in 25th Place  ($0)

 

Updated Leaderboard

The remaining 24 players redrew for seats at the final three tables, and then play resumed.

Here's a look at the leaderboard (courtesy of WSOP.com), with the blinds finally increasing to 40,000-80,000 with a 10,000 ante:

1.  Matt Glantz  -  4,500,000  (56 bb)
2.  Martin Jacobson  -  4,260,000  (53 bb)
3.  Connor Drinan  -  4,150,000  (51 bb)
4.  Brandon Steven  -  3,300,000  (41 bb)
5.  Anthony Gregg  -  3,215,000  (40 bb)
6.  Martin Finger  -  3,145,000  (39 bb)
7.  Bill Perkins  -  3,080,000  (38 bb)
8.  Chris Klodnicki  -  2,950,000  (36 bb)
9.  Lawrence Greenberg  -  2,330,000  (29 bb)
10.  Blake Bohn  -  2,185,000  (27 bb)

Average Stack
2,075,000
Players Left
24
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The Money Bubble: 19 Hands and Counting

Yevgeniy Timoshenko is the short stack on the Money Bubble.
Yevgeniy Timoshenko is the short stack on the Money Bubble.

The Money Bubble has been continuing for more than an hour now, and they've already played 19 hands of hand-for-hand play.

But no bustouts yet.

Perhaps even more surprisingly, there hasn't been a single all-in-and-a-call situation yet.

A combination of a huge pay jump ($173,723 vs. $0) and a small field (25 players at four tables) generally makes the Money Bubble last longer. And today is bearing that out.

The clock continues to run, but the tournament staff has frozen the blinds at 30,000-60,000 with a 10,000 ante. That's not helping to speed things up.

Martin Jacobson has increased his lead from the start of the day, and he now has 4.1 million in chips, followed by Matt Glantz with 3.94 million.

But the real interest lies in the short stacks. Here are the approximate counts for the players with less than a million in chips:

20.  Mike Sexton  -  950,000  (15 bb)
21.  Jason Koon  -  800,000  (13 bb)
22.  Steve Gross  -  750,000  (12 bb)
23.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  700,000  (11 bb)
24.  Daniel Alaei  -  500,000  (8 bb)
25.  Yevgeniy Timoshenko  -  350,000  (5 bb)

The field has just taken their first 20-minute break of the day, and when they return, they will play the 20th hand of hand-for-hand play.

Average Stack
1,992,000
Players Left
25
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Haralabos Out 26th; The Money Bubble Begins

Haralabos Voulgaris falls short of the money.
Haralabos Voulgaris falls short of the money.

It took nearly 40 minutes to bust the first player and begin hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble.

The elimination was set up when Mike Sexton got it all in preflop with J J against the K Q of Haralabos Voulgaris for a race situation.

The board came 10 5 2 3 6, and the pocket jacks held up for Sexton to double up, crippling Voulgaris in the process.

Mike Sexton - 1,280,000 (21 bb)
Haralabos Voulgaris - 225,000 (3 bb)

A few minutes later, Voulgaris was all in from the big blind with K 4 against Connor Drinan's Q 9.

The board came A 10 3 9 A, and Drinan paired his nine on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Voulgaris from the tournament.

Connor Drinan  -  3,300,000  (55 bb)
Haralabos Voulgaris  -  Out in 26th Place  ($0)

 

Who Are the Short Stacks?

Instead of the usual look at the top of the leaderboard, on the Money Bubble it's probably more relevant to look at the *bottom* of the leaderboard.

Who are the players in danger, with less than 20 big blinds on the Money Bubble?

20.  Dan Shak  -  1,120,000  (18 bb)
21.  Steve Gross  -  1,075,000  (17 bb)
22.  Jason Koon  -  1,020,000  (17 bb)
23.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  1,000,000  (16 bb)
24.  Yevgeniy Timoshenko  -  800,000  (13 bb)
25.  Daniel Alaei  -  700,000  (11 bb)

One player in the field will receive $0, and the other 24 will be guaranteed at least $173,723.

Average Stack
1,992,000
Players Left
25
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$111k One Drop, Day 3: First the Money, Then the Final Table

Reigning champ Antonio Esfandiari goes for back-to-back titles.
Reigning champ Antonio Esfandiari goes for back-to-back titles.

The final 26 players return to action today in the $111,111 One Drop High Roller event, though only 24 of them will finish in the money. So as soon as one player busts, hand-for-hand play will begin on the Money Bubble.

And what a Money Bubble.

Two of these players will go home with nothing, while the other 24 will be guaranteed at least $173,723.

The chipleader is Martin Jacobson, though the big story at this point may be defending One Drop champion Antonio Esfandiari, who is fifth in chips.

It would be pretty amazing if Antonio could win both One Drop high roller events.

Here are the official chip counts coming into today, with the blinds at 30,000-60,000 and a 10,000 ante. The average chip stack is about 1,915,000 (31 big blinds).

1.  Martin Jacobson  -  3,255,000 (54 bb)
2.  Connor Drinan  -  3,250,000 (54 bb)
3.  Brandon Steven  -  3,140,000 (52 bb)
4.  Matt Glantz  -  3,005,000 (50 bb)
5.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  2,970,000 (49 bb)
6.  Martin Finger  -  2,910,000 (48 bb)
7.  Bill Perkins  -  2,750,000 (45 bb)
8.  Chris Klodnicki  -  2,570,000 (42 bb)
9.  Olivier Busquet  -  2,275,000 (37 bb)
10.  Nick Schulman  -  1,940,000 (32 bb)
11.  Farshad Fardad  -  1,900,000 (31 bb)
12.  Phil Laak  -  1,760,000 (29 bb)
13.  Anthony Gregg  -  1,750,000 (29 bb)
14.  Richard Fullerton  -  1,705,000 (28 bb)
15.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  1,575,000 (26 bb)
16.  Lawrence Greenberg  -  1,565,000 (26 bb)
17.  Blake Bohn  -  1,375,000 (22 bb)
18.  Steve Gross  -  1,270,000 (21 bb)
19.  Haralabos Voulgaris  -  1,240,000 (20 bb)
20.  Shaun Deeb  -  1,215,000 (20 bb)
21.  Yevgeniy Timoshenko  -  1,205,000 (20 bb)
22.  Jason Koon  -  1,195,000 (19 bb)
23.  Daniel Alaei  -  1,140,000 (19 bb)
24.  Dan Shak  -  1,020,000 (17 bb)
25.  Jeremy Ausmus  -  995,000 (16 bb)
26.  Mike Sexton  -  740,000 (12 bb)

Stay tuned for continuing coverage throughout the day as they burst the Money Bubble, play down to the final table, and battle for the bracelet.

Average Stack
1,915,385
Players Left
26
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Event Name Event 47 - One Drop High Roller
Venue Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
Date 26 June 2013
Final Day 28 June 2013
Buy In $111,111
Entrants 166
Prize Pool $17,891,148
First Prize $4,830,619
Tony Gregg

Tony Gregg
wins
$4,830,619

Event 47 - One Drop High Roller

Top Money Finishers Prize
1. Tony Gregg $4,830,619
2. Chris Klodnicki $2,985,495
3. William Perkins $1,965,163
4. Antonio Esfandiari $1,433,438
5. Richard Fullerton $1,066,491
6. Martin Jacobson $807,427
7. Brandon Steven $621,180
8. Nick Schulman $485,029
9. Olivier Busquet $384,122
10. Lawrence Greenberg $384,122