Event #2: $25,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em Championship

Esfandiari Loses Huge Coinflip on River Before Bowing Out in 2nd Round

• Level 10: 2,000-4,000, 0 ante
Max Lykov

Maxim Lykov limped in on the button for 3,000 and Antonio Esfandiari raised to 18,000, prompting an all-in declaration by the Russian. Esfandiari snap-called and flipped over the {J-Diamonds}{J-Hearts}, while Lykov tabled the {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}. The Magician managed to fade Lykov's outs through the turn, with the board showing {6-Clubs}{K-Diamonds}{2-Diamonds}{3-Hearts}. When the dealer turned over the {Q-Diamonds} on the river, however, Esfandiari gasped "No!" before telling the dealer "you gotta do it on the flop, it hurts so much less when it comes on the flop."

Esfandiari was eliminated soon after when he shoved all-in over a minimum raise by Lykov. Esfandiari's {J-}{8-} was far behind Lykov's {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds} and when an Ace high board moved Lykov on to the Round of 32.

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