Rakeback.com - Don't play poker without it
 

Antonio Esfandiari Wins Star-Studded WPT Final Table

By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Senior Writer

Antonio EsfandiariNearly $20 million in career tournament earnings made up the final table of the World Poker Tour Five Diamond World Poker Classic. When the dust settled, Antonio Esfandiari would take down the title along with the $870,124 first place prize. Not a bad present on the day he turned 32. Esfandiari entered the final table fifth in chips. The starting stacks of all players at the beginning were:

Seat 1. Antonio Esfandiari – 2,105,000 (35 bb)
Seat 2. Vanessa Rousso – 5,830,000 (97 bb)
Seat 3. Ted Lawson – 635,000 (10 bb)
Seat 4. John Racener – 3,235,000 (53 bb)
Seat 5. Kirk Morrison – 2,650,000 (44 bb)
Seat 6. Andrew Robl – 3,210,000 (53 bb)

The first player was eliminated on just the second hand of the night when a short stacked Ted Lawson shoved with pocket nines into chip leader and Team PokerStars Pro Vanessa Rousso’s queens and he was out.

It took until the 47th hand to see the next elimination. Kirk Morrison hit the rail when he called with top pair on the turn and was drawing dead against Andrew Robl’s set.

Full Tilt sponsored John Racener was the next to bow out of the final table. He was down to a 10 big blind stack and shoved his Q-8 into Antonio Esfandiari’s K-Q. The board didn’t improve Racener’s hand and he was out in 4th.

Vanessa Rousso’s run ended in third place. She was looking to become the first woman to win a WPT crown. Her title shot ended when her Q-2 was dominated by Esfandiari’s A-Q. She didn’t catch the 2 she was looking for and was eliminated.

Heads-Up Between Robl and Esfandiari

When heads-up play began the two Victory Poker sponsored players were fairly even in chips with Robl holding a slight lead. Both had between 40 and 50 big blinds so it was shaping up to be a long heads-up battle. It proved to be exactly that when it took 58 more hands to end the tournament. Esfandiari’s K-J held against Robl’s Q-10 and the birthday boy took it down. Check out his interview with Kimberly Lansing.

How Much Cash Back Will I Earn?

Rakeback increases your winnings from online poker as you continually earn money back from every raked hand or tournament you play.

Many players earn a living wage from rakeback alone. Use the calculator below to estimate the size of payments you’ll get over a given period of time. The calculator will compute your expected daily, weekly, and monthly cash back depending on the stakes and tables you input.

Calculate Your Rakeback
$125
Hourly
$998
Daily
$17,472
Monthly
$174,720
Yearly

Top Poker Room Recommendation

Black Chip Poker

  • 27% Rakeback
  • $1000 Sign-up Bonus
  • Bonus Code: RBCOM

Download

Popular

  • 11 Online Poker Tools to Boost Your Winrate

    August 20th, 2015

    First up, you probably know them already – PokerTracker and Holdem Manager are by far the most popular poker tools – but may not have heard the two companies recently merged.

    Read more…

  • Where are the Softest Poker Games Online in 2017?

    April 26th, 2017

    “I shouldn’t say this on a poker forum but sng 2.0 acr is about as free money as I’ve seen in poker in a long time. Not sure how long it’s going to last but right now as it’s new people r punting hard.”

    Read more…

  • Lottery Sit & Gos – Where to Play

    August 20th, 2015

    A mixture between tournament poker and gambling, the ‘Lottery Sit and Go’ format is popular with recreationals and regs alike – attracting net depositing players

    Read more…

  • Fast-Fold Poker – The Fastest Poker Online

    January 7th, 2015

    Many of Rakeback.com’s partner sites offer Fast-Fold format poker tables. These high speed poker games eliminate the need for table selection and allow players to grind many more hands/hour thanks to a ‘quick fold’ option. This in turn boosts rakeback earnings.

    Read more…

 
© 2015 Rakeback.com