Day 3 completed
Day 3 completed
The 2013 World Series of Poker Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em was scheduled to come to an end today, but thanks to the record 166-player turnout—the highest ever for a six-figure buy-in event—an impromptu Day 4 has been added to the schedule to see who among the final four will emerge victorious to capture the gold bracelet and $4,830,619 first-place prize.
Businessman Bill Perkins leads the final four with 14.7 million, but he must overcome some stiff competition in Anthony Gregg (13.9 million), Chris Klodnicki (12 million) and Antonio Esfandiari (9.2 million). Incredibly, Esfandiari is looking to capture a One Drop title for the second year in a row.
The day began two off the money with 26 players returning to action. The first elimination came within an hour and happened in Level 21 (30,000/60,000/10,000) when well-known sports bettor Haralabos Voulgaris was eliminated by Connor Drinan in 26th place. The money bubble lasted quite awhile, and despite a double for Yevgeniy Timoshenko, he still ended up the High Roller bubble boy.
Over the next few levels the in-the-money eliminations began to mount and included Steve Gross (24th - $173,723), Dan Shak (23rd - $173,723), Farshad Fardad (22nd - $173,723), Jason Koon (21st - $173,723), Shaun Deeb (20th - $173,723) and Phil Laak (19th - $173,723). It was at that point that Esfandiari was nearly eliminated. Instead, he used his proverbial "one time" to spike an ace on the river to stay alive.
Within minutes Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, who cashed in last year's Big One for One Drop, fell in 16th place for $208,968. From there, Blake Bohn (15th - $208,968), Martin Finger (14th - $251,549), Matt Glantz (13th - $251,549), Jeremy Ausmus (12th - $308,622), Connor Drinan (11th - $308,622) and Lawrence Greenberg (10th - $384,122) all hit the rail before the unofficial final table of ten was set.
On Hand #16 of the official final table, which happened in Level 27 (120,000/240,000/40,000), Schulman attempted an unsuccessful stop-and-go against Richard Fullerton to bust in eighth place for $485,029. In the very next hand, Brandon Steven, who finished tenth in the 201 WSOP Main Event for $635,011, lost a race to fall in seventh place.
In the last level of the night (Level 28: 150,000/300,000/50,000), Martin Jacobson hit the rail in sixth place after running ace-jack into the pocket queens of Anthony Gregg. He was soon joined on the rail by Richard Fullerton, who exited in one of the day's more dramatic hands.
The final four players will return at 1:00 p.m. local time to play down to a winner. Join us then as we look to close this thing out and crown a new One Drop champion.
Action has come to an end for the night. The final four players will return tomorrow to battle it out. Stay tuned for official counts and a recap of the day's action.
Hand #44: Antonio Esfandiari raised to 625,000 from the button, Chris Klodnicki called and the flop fell . Two checks saw the dealer burn and turn the . Klodnicki checked, Esfandiari bet 475,000 and Klodnicki called.
When the completed the board on the river, Klodnicki checked for a third time and Esfandiari did the same. Klodnicki showed the for ace high, and it was good as Esfandiari tossed his cards to the muck.
Hand #45: Bill Perkins got a walk in the big blind.
Hand #46: Chris Klodnicki opened for 600,000 on the button and Antonio Esfandiari called from the big blind. Esfandiari bet 725,000 on the flop and Klodnicki folded.
Hand #47: Chris Klodnicki raised to 600,000 in the cutoff only to fold when Bill Perkins moved all in from the button.
Hand #48: Bill Perkins open-shipped for 6,575,000 and Antonio Esfandiari called from the button. The blinds folded and the hands were tabled.
The flop was kind to Esfandiari, but the turn was not. Perkins took a commanding lead, which he held through the river.
Hand #49: Anthony Gregg made it 600,000 from the button only to have Bill Perkins make it 1.5 million from the big blind. That was the last hand of the evening.
Hand #43: After a handful of smaller pots, Antonio Esfandiari raised to 650,000 in the cutoff. Richard Fullerton instantly moved all in for 2.85 million on the button, both blinds released, and Esfandiari snap-called.
The crowd was on it's feat as the flop fell , and exploded at the sight of the six. Suddenly, Esfandiari went from being in great shape to needing a ton of help to eliminated Fullerton. Just as the crowd died down a bit, the spiked on the turn, and the decibal level increased tenfold.
Esfandiari jumped out of his chair, and Bill Perkins ran up to him to give him a hug. The completed the board, and Fullerton was eliminated in fifth place.
Hand #38: Chris Klodnicki opened for 600,000 under the gun and Martin Jacobson moved all in for 2.9 million from the hijack. Action folded to Anthony Gregg in the big blind and he moved all in over the top. Klodnicki quickly folded and the cards were turned up.
The flop was disaster for Jacobson as it left him in need of running cards to overcome the set of Gregg. The turn put an end to any suspense as Gregg improved to a boat and left Jacobson drawing dead. The meaningless was put out on the river for good measure and Jacobson exited in sixth place for $807,427. With that, the remaining five players are guaranteed at least a million-dollar payday.