Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:55 PM Local Time
Andrew Teng raised to 60,000 from the hijack and Kenneth Griffin called from the cutoff. Jean Luc Marais then folded but accidentally exposed his in the process.
Next to act, Jonathan Lane pushed his entire stack of 515,000 into the middle and the action was back on Teng. The young tournament veteran from England began to agonize over the decision, asking the dealer to be sure that an ace had been exposed and was now in the muck. He held up his and stared forlornly at what he considered a missed opportunity, before tossing the cards away.
With the action back on him, Griffin announced that he was making the call, putting Lane at risk of elimination.
The all-in Lane held a big ace, but with one of his outs already in the muck, he was in a slightly more disadvantageous position than the average coin flip. The dealer spread a flop of and now things had gotten interesting. Griffin was still in the lead with his pair of eights, but Lane now held two overcards and an open-ended straight draw. Two of Lane's straightening cards were held by Griffin, however, so his outs were still a bit limited.
The dealer turned the and Lane was down to his last chance. He needed to spike an ace, king, queen or an eight to retake his seat at the final table. With Griffin's supporters screaming for the board to pair, the dealer revealed the river card.
The ultimate brick arrived on the river and after fading what seemed like half of the deck, Griffin scored the knockout.
|Kenneth Griffin||1,900,000||750,000 |
|Jonathan Lane||0||-510,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:36 PM Local Time
Ken Griffin raised to 80,000 from under the gun and Antonio Esfandiari pushed all in from the hijack. Philip Hammerling was on the button and went all in as well. Griffin got out of the way and it was heads up to the flop with Esfandiari's tournament life on the line.
The board ran out and The Magician's tournament came to an end.
|Philip Hammerling||2,180,000||750,000 |
|Antonio Esfandiari||0||-625,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:33 PM Local Time
In the previous hand, Antonio Esfandiari used a professional's ability to read the situation and he made a big reraise to capture the three calls of 60,000 made before him. The power play padded The Magician's stack and on the next deal he tried once again to push his tablemates around.
After Eric Baudry opened for 65,000 from early position, and Esfandiari three-bet to 150,000. Baudry paused, seemingly frozen by the moment, but he eventually made the call.
The flop rolled out and Esfandiari led out for 180,000. Baudry was not to be bullied and after another long pause, he called the bet. The turn card came and Esfandiari shoved all-in, which would force the shorter stacked Baudry to risk his tournament life.
Baudry was willing to take the risk and he instantly called while flipping up for top set. Esfandiari dejectedly showed down his and found that he was drawing dead. The meaningless on the river gave Baudry a boat and the win. Esfandiari took a major hit to his stack, while the quiet Baudry let his cards do the talking for him.
|Eric Baudry||1,170,000||-5,000 |
|Antonio Esfandiari||625,000||-775,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:23 PM Local Time
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:21 PM Local Time
Philip Hammerling raised to 60,000 from the button and Eric Baudry called from the small blind. Andrew Teng gave up his big blind and we were heads up to the flop which came . Baudry checked action to Hammerling who put out the minimum possible bet of 30,000. Baudry called and the turn brought the . Baudry checked again and this time Hammerling bet a more sizable 80,000. Baudry opted to toss his cards into the muck and said "I'll only fold to a real bet!" as Hammerling scooped up the pot.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 8:03 PM Local Time
|Jean Luc Marais||1,975,000||60,000 |
|Philip Hammerling||1,430,000||-90,000 |
|Antonio Esfandiari||1,400,000||-300,000 |
|Eric Baudry||1,175,000||450,000 |
|Kenneth Griffin||1,150,000||-90,000 |
|Andrew Teng||1,125,000||0 |
|Jonathan Lane||510,000||35,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:53 PM Local Time
After the recent flurry of bustouts, Kenneth Griffin decided it was his turn to grab some chips, and he raised to 65,000 from the cutoff. Antonio Esfandiari didn't like the idea of surrendering his small blind, so he reraised and made it 150,000 to go. Griffin wanted to see the flop and he made the call.
The Magician led out for a bet of 115,000, trying to represent that he had connected with the textured flop, but Griffin was not a believer and he reraised all-in for 660,000. The power play worked to perfection and Esfandiari was forced to muck his hand.
|Antonio Esfandiari||1,700,000||-120,000 |
|Kenneth Griffin||1,240,000||220,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:47 PM Local Time
After making a raise to open the betting, Aaron Massey watched as his nemesis Andrew Teng declared he was all in. After being bullied by the young pro for much of the final table, Massey snap-called for the remainder of his chips and flipped over his . Teng showed the and Massey looked poised to double up.
When the dealer spread the flop of across the felt, Massey had dodged the deck's sixes but not its diamonds. Teng now held a flush draw and would earn the win if another diamond hit the board. Massey paced around the table as he awaited the turn card that would either make or break him.
The diamond on the turn was the dagger that ultimately dropped Massey, as he could not catch any card on the river to overcome Teng's flush. Too ad insult to injury, the dealer revealed the on the ruver, giving Massey a useless set of kings. The aspiring pro poker player fell short of his true goal, but from what he told us earlier in the day, this run to his first WSOP final table was the realization of a long held dream.
|Andrew Teng||1,125,000||480,000 |
|Aaron Massey||0||-445,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:38 PM Local Time
With his short stack dwindling ante after ante, Jeremiah Siegmund decided to make his stand after watching Antonio Esfandiari open for 65,000. Siegmund pushed all-in for his last 315,000 holding the button and before The Magician could consider a call, Eric Baudry moved all-in as well. Baudry had Siegmund covered by about 75,000 or so, and Esfandiari quickly got out of the way.
While had found a pocket pair to work with, Siegmund was in bad shape against Baudry's overpair. The flop ran out and Siegmund was down to a two-outer for his tournament life.
No help arrived on the turn of and after the river fell , Siegmund was the first to be bounced from the final table arena. He will take home $33,813 for his run in this event, while Baudry gave himself some breathing room with the double-up.
|Eric Baudry||725,000||353,000 |
|Jeremiah Siegmund||0||-380,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:30 PM Local Time
While the poker may be serious here at the final table, the conversation following dinner has been light-hearted. Antonio Esfandiari and Aaron Massey were discussing their preferences in alcoholic drinks. Esfandiari said to Massey, "You look like a tequila man" to which Massey replied, "Of course I drink tequila, I'm a Mexican-Jew!"
Esfandiari then said he was more of a whiskey man stating, "Jameson is no joke!"
Glad to know these players are able to enjoy each others company even in the midst of a final table battle.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:23 PM Local Time
Our nine remaining players have returned from dinner and are back in action. Will chipleader Jean Luc Marais be able to maintain his lead? Will Antonio Esfandiari be able to overtake him? Stay tuned to find out!
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:23 PM Local Time
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:34 PM Local Time
The players are currently on their 60-minute dinner break, and here is where they all stand currently. After the break the players will be moving to the ESPN main stage.
|Jean Luc Marais||1,915,000||35,000 |
|Antonio Esfandiari||1,820,000||285,000 |
|Philip Hammerling||1,520,000||300,000 |
|Kenneth Griffin||1,020,000||75,000 |
|Andrew Teng||645,000||220,000 |
|Jonathan Lane||475,000||-110,000 |
|Aaron Massey||445,000||-235,000 |
|Jeremiah Siegmund||380,000||-122,000 |
|Eric Baudry||372,000||-123,000 |
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:21 PM Local Time
Five of our nine final tablists are making their first WSOP cash ever. While Antonio Esfandiari is certainly the most experienced of the other four, Andrew Teng (currently trying to preserve his ninth-place stack) also has an impressive resume of WSOP success.
Antonio Esfandiari -- 1 bracelet, 14th WSOP cash (1st in 2011)
Andrew Teng -- 12th WSOP cash (4th in 2011)
Jonathan Lane -- 4th WSOP cash (all in 2011)
Eric Baudry -- 2nd WSOP cash (both in 2011)
Kenneth Griffin -- 1st WSOP cash
Philip Hammerling -- 1st WSOP cash
Aaron Massey -- 1st WSOP cash
Jean Luc Marais -- 1st WSOP cash
Jeremiah Siegmund -- 1st WSOP cash
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:20 PM Local Time
In the last two hands, Aaron Massey has tried and failed to steal Andrew Teng's blinds.
In the first encounter, Massey raised to 62,000 from the cutoff and Teng sized up his stack before shoving all-in. Massey mucked his cards and the steal attempt was thwarted.
On the very next hand, Massey held the button and raised to 50,000 after the action had folded to him. Teng again looked over at Massey's short stack and announced that he was all-in. Massey was visibly frustrated with the bullying but he tossed his cards into the muck, surrendering about one-fifth of his stack with the two failed steals.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:09 PM Local Time
Antonio Esfandiari has a lot of chips -- he remains in second behind Jean Luc Marais at the moment -- and not surprisingly is putting them to use. Most hands are being won without flops, and Esfandiari has taken four of the last five uncontested.
Esfandiari has about 1.53 million.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 6:01 PM Local Time
With so much at stake at the final table of a WSOP event, some players choose to wear clothes that can more easily help them hide possible emotion and tells. Here at our final table, Ken Griffin, Jean Luc Marais, Philip Hammerling, and Jeremiah Siegmund are all sporting hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up. Jon Lane, Eric Baudry and Andrew Teng are all wearing baseball caps, and Antonion Esfandiari and Aaron Massey have left their heads uncovered.
Only Lane, Hammerling, and Siegmund have left their eyes exposed while all the other players are sporting sunglasses.
It's interesting to see the different ways in which players attempt to cover themselves. We've spotted Ken Griffin pulling his hooded sweatshirt up and around his face when he is involved in a hand. So much so, that during a hand earlier Jean Luc Marais (who is sitting directly to Griffin's left) had to lean out and over the table to attempt to get a read on his opponent.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:52 PM Local Time
Eric Baudry opened with a raise to 55,000 from under the gun, and it folded back around to Philip Hammerling who called from the small blind. Jeremiah Siegmund folded the BB, and the two remaining players saw the flop come .
Hammerling checked, and Baudry didn't waste too much time betting 80,000. Hammerling sat and thought about a minute, then raised to 181,000. Baudry only took a few moments to give it up.
Hammerling is up around 1.2 million at present -- third behind leader Marais and Esfandiari -- while Baudry has just under half a million.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:41 PM Local Time
Action folded to Ken Griffin in the small blind who raised to 85,000. Jean Luc Marais tossed out the chips to call and they saw the flop come . Both players checked and when the turn brought the they both checked again. The river was the and Griffin led out with a bet of 100,000. Marais quickly called and the hands were revealed.
Marais' aces and queens were best and he took down the pot.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 5:34 PM Local Time
We just heard a rousing cheer of "Yaaayyyy!" and turned to catch Antonio Esfandiari's father congratulating his son.
The Magician turned and said "Hey Dad!" before coming over to give him a warm hug. With the strength of family support just a few feet away, Esfandiari will no doubt look to make his papa proud by capturing his second WSOP bracelet here today.