Event 36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Event 36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout
Day 2 completed

Day 2 Comes to an Early Close; Final Table Set

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Antonio Esfandiari Looking For Bracelet 2
Antonio Esfandiari Looking For Bracelet 2

After a rather short day of poker by traditional standards, we have whittled the field down from the sixty who started the day to the final ten. Antonio Esfandiari is headlining this final table as he searches for his second World Series of Poker bracelet.

Esfandiari won his first and only WSOP bracelet back in 2004 during a $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event. It's been eight long years since Esfandiari was able to taste WSOP glory and now he is only nine eliminations away from grabbing that glory once again.

The Magician is not the only bracelet winner to make tomorrow's final table, however. Athanasios Polychronopoulos won his first bracelet last year in Event #48: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em when he was able to rise to the top of a 2,713 player field. Polychronopolous will certainly be a contender when heads butt on the felt tomorrow.

Fifty players sat down today only to exit a mere few hours later when they became victims of their six-handed table. Among those to come away from this event with a min-cash by making it to Day 2 are Jean-Robert Bellande, Melanie Weisner, Justin Bonomo, Jason Koon, Christian Harder, Steve Billirakis, David Bakes Baker, Ryan D'Angelo and many more.

Many following this event have inquired about the discrepancies in stack sizes. Players will be entering the final table with slightly different sized stacks because some played at nine-handed tables on Day 1 while others played ten-handed. Others that hadn't shown up had their stacks kept in the well and the blinds were taken from the stacks. This led to winners on Day 1 entering Day 2 with different stack amounts and that carried over into stacks going to Day 3.

The final table will kick off tomorrow at 1:00 PM on the ESPN Main Stage. Join us as we document poker history as the latest World Series of Bracelet winner is crowned. Until tomorrow!

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Antonio Esfandiari538,000
2Joe Tehan529,000
3Jeremiah Fitzpatrick539,000
4Athanasios Polychronopoulos528,000
5Alessandro Longobardi512,000
6Jonathan Lane509,000
7Sardor Gaziev527,000
8Craig Mccorkell539,000
9Roberto Romanello530,000
10Thiago Nishijima510,000

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Roberto Romanello Makes Final Table

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Roberto Romanello
Roberto Romanello

With the board reading {10-Spades}{4-Spades}{4-Clubs}{K-Spades}{8-Clubs}, Robert Georato got the rest of his stack all in against Roberto Romanello. Georato had {K-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} for a turned pair of kings, but was behind Romanello's {A-Spades}{7-Spades} for the ace-high flush.

Romanello will be taking a stack of 530,000 with him to tomorrow's final table.

Upon winning he asked us to give a message to his family who will be reading this when they wake up in the morning. Romanello wants to tell his family that they may have to pack their bags soon in the event he makes it to the bracelet ceremony that follows this event.

Roberto Romanello gb 530,000 440,700
Robert Georato us Busted

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Petersen Short Stacked

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Mickey Petersen
Mickey Petersen

PokerStars Team Online player Mickey Petersen is the shortest stack compared to the other matches. Petersen has about 115,000 and Alessandro Longobardi has 400,000.

It will take all of Petersen's PokerStars experience to fight back and win the match.

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