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WPT: "The Magician" Leads the Final 60 At Bellagio

Tags: Antonio Esfandiari, bellagio, Five Diamond World Poker Classic, The Magician, world poker tour, wpt.
Posted on 07 December 2012 by "T".

The third day at the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic came to a close with 60 players and Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari as the chip leader (918,500). Esfandiari won this tournament 2 years ago and finished 6th last year. Now he has about 300k chips more than his closest opponent, Freddy Deeb, and more than 3 times the average stack. In other words, he has a fantastic chance of winning a second title!

Even though many big names failed to make it through Day 3 (Michael Mizrachi, J.C. Tran, Scotty Nguyen, Sorel Mizzi, Barry Greenstein, Andy Frankenberger, Joe Hachem etc) there are still quite a few poker stars left besides Esfandriari and Deeb - Brian Rast, Noah Schwartz, Yevgenly Timoshensko, Andrew Lichtenberger, Chino Rheem and Phil Galfond - just to mention a few.

Day 4 kicks off tonight and the plan is to play down 27 players. The money bubble will burst when 54 players remain (everyone will be guaranteed at least $19,516). The winner of the tournament will take home a whopping $1,268,571!


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8 comments on "WPT: "The Magician" Leads the Final 60 At Bellagio"

 Impak00707/12/2012 15:48:22 GMT
It is pity, this big tournament is in same time as Prague one. It could be super interesting, when the players from both tournaments play togaher. Anyway, The Magican showed us agine, why is he The Magican.
 Fakiry07/12/2012 16:02:05 GMT
"The Magician"’s curricula must already be scaring some of his closest opponents, who know what he’s capable of. It won’t be easy to win him. And, even if some other player gets to the lead, as it would be normal considering there are still 60 with chips and winning to one or two can be enough to take that lead, what matters is when they get to the final table and then to the final HU. That’s where champions born, or reborn...
 pochui07/12/2012 16:29:48 GMT
i think magician will run out of aces in his sleeves Big Smile his biggest win came in "the drop" or whatever that was called, other that that he doesn't seem to be very good at taking top spot, yes he is solid enough player to make it to the money, maybe even the last table, but usually he doesn't win, so i guess it would be a good lay bet to win the tourney
 Sorin88808/12/2012 15:35:36 GMT
In the main event Antonio Esfandiari is still on course to make the final table in this event for the third time in a row, as he held onto his day 3 chip lead on day 4 and was the first player over the million mark.
22 players remain in the main event and they will be playing down to a final table of six tonight.
st Antonio Esfandiari 1,597,000
2nd Shawn Buchanan 1,290,000
3rd Thomas Winters 1,250,000
4th Andrew Lichtenberger 1,107,000
5th Arthur Morris 863,000
6th Jeremy Kottler851,000
7th Jonathan Aguiar 732,000
8th Yevgeniy Timoshenko 716,000
9th Ravi Raghavan 693,000
10th Noah Schwartz 656,000...

- Theo Tran
- Scott Clements
- Freddy Deeb
- Greg Mueller
- Andrew Robl
- Brian Rast
- Jeremy Ausmus
- Jason Somerville
 host8509/12/2012 08:44:33 GMT
esfandiari is one the greates poker players in this moment
 Weenie09/12/2012 14:19:56 GMT
I remember him from some poker TV show (something like biggame) but I didnt know his name. I think he also commenting some big events for TV.. So Antonio Esfandiari good to know Smile Definitively I will watch final table
 Sorin88810/12/2012 16:39:56 GMT
US player Ravi Raghavan overcomes a short stack and a star-studded final table to win the $1.2 million prize.Raghavan had been among the top chip stacks for the entire tournament and overcame one of the strongest fields ever assembled in a WPT event. He eliminated long-time chip leader Antonio Esfandiari in 4th place before eventually defeating Shawn Buchanan heads-up for the title
 Weenie10/12/2012 17:35:04 GMT
I watched it but only few hands, because it started 1:30AM central european time Big Smile Esfandiari was still chipleader with almost 5 000 000 chips when I switched it off.. Smile too bad he finished 4th when he was chipleader all tournament long..

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