Event 5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em

Esfandiari Can't Hold; Loses Majority of Stack

In a blind vs. blind match up, Steve Brecher opened to 4,800 from the small and Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari defended from the big.

The flop came {10-Clubs}{2-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} and Brecher check-raised a 4,400 bet from Esfandiari to 12,500.

Esfandiari took a moment, then re-popped it to 32,500. Brecher announced he was all in for about 46,000 total and Esfandiari said, "Deal it!" while pushing his stack into the middle.

Esfandiari: {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for the nut-flush draw.
Brecher: {K-Spades}{Q-Spades} for an open-ended straight draw.

Esfandiari was ahead with ace-high but would need to fade many outs.

The {Q-Hearts} turn put Brecher into the lead with a pair of queens and the {8-Diamonds} river bricked out for Esfandiari, which allowed Brecher to scoop the huge pot.

Esfandiari is down to his last 20,000 while Brecher is sitting on a very healthy stack of 100,000.

Steve Brecher us 100,000 43,000
Antonio Esfandiari us 20,000 -62,000

Tagit: Antonio EsfandiariSteve Brecher