WSOP Tournament of Champions

Three in a Row for Antonio

Antonio Esfandiari raised to 1,025 under the gun plus one. That was enough to steal the blinds and antes. The next hand, Esfandiari made the same raise and had the same result.

The Magician was in the big blind the next hand. Joe Hachem raised to 1,100 under the gun, and only Antonio made the call. The flop fell {10-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}, and Esfandiari check-called 1,700. Antonio checked again after the {9-Spades} turn, and Hachem bet 4,300. Esfandiari called that too. The {3-Spades} river seemed like a brick, and both players checked. Esfandiari turned over {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs} for a flopped pair of eights, and that was good enough to take the pot.

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