|Written by Michael|
|Friday, 10 December 2010 13:43|
Play now!The Magician wins his second WPT title. This is Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari's second World Poker Tour title. The 2010 World Poker Tour Five Diamonds Poker Classic Champion was able to comeback from a short-stack to beat out a tough field of poker pros at the final table and win the coveted title. The Magician entered the final day in fifth out of sixth place with nearly a third of the chips possessed by chip-leader Vanessa Rousso. However, Esfandiari was able to regain the form that had him near the top of the leader-board since Day 1 of the tournament, before nearly being eliminated with about 10 players remaining.
This was probably one of the fiercest final tables in poker history as the final six included a list of pros that would make anyone's palms sweat. But The Magician was the last one standing, walking away with $870,000. For Esfandiari this was his first big win in tournament poker since way back in 2004 when he burst onto the poker scene by winning the WPT LA Poker Classic. Since then Esfandiari has added a WSOP bracelet to his resume, but all-in-all he has experienced little success in poker tournaments over the years –he is one of poker’s top cash-game players though.
Andrew Robl was thought to be the winner on that final day, as he had well over 9 million in chips when play was 4-handed. But as the day wore on Esfandiari was able to whittle away at Robl’s chip-lead, and eventually wore the young pro down and busting him in 2nd place. Still Andrew Robl walked away a winner in his own right, with $550k which marks the biggest cash of his career and actually puts him over the line and a part of the $1 million club- as he has now earned more than a mil in poker playing winnings.
2010 WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamonds Poker Classic final table turned out as follows:
1. Antonio Esfandiari ($870,124)
2. Andrew Robl ($549,003)
3. Vanessa Rousso ($358,964)
4. John Racener ($232,271)
5. Kirk Morrison ($168,924)
6. Ted Lawson ($126,693)
After the tournament Esfandiari –who calls himself the best Day 1 tournament poker player on the tour– told reporters that it was legendary, but itwas tough; it was fun, and was exciting. This win gives Antonio a career total of around $4.5 million in tournament winnings.