The Magician takes down second event and €126k at this year’s WSOPE in Cannes
Antonio Esfandiari makes it three gold bracelets. The Magician took down the second event at this year’s WSOP Europe in Cannes and collected €126,207 for his troubles. The win means he joins Jesper Hougaard and JP Kelly as only the third player to win both a WSOP and WSOPE event in the same year. The €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em event drew 626 entrants and is the icing on the cake for Esfandiari, who just won the WSOP’s Big One for One Drop this summer for which he received a record-setting $18 million in prize money.
Heading into the final table Esfandiari was chip leader on a table which included WSOP gold bracelet champion Antonin Teisseire, WSOP Circuit champion Ashly Butler and Esfandiari’s good friend American pro McLean Karr. Five of the final nine were French, but the Magician’s win meant that the host nation still remains winless at the WSOPE.
With the play down to two only Remi Bollengier stood between the Magician and his second WSOP bracelet in as many months and when Esfandiari moved all-in on the river with two pair, Bollengier quickly called with a pair of queens and it was all over.
The win means Esfandiari is now heads the WSOP Player of the Year Race.
Here’s how the final table finished up:
1. Antonio Esfandiari €126,207 – United States
2. Remi Bollengier €78,059 – France
3. Salvatore Bonavena €57,059 – Italy
4. Antonin Teisseire €42,356 – France
5. Valentin Detoc €31,869 – France
6. McLean Karr €24,309 – United States
7. Ashly Butler €18,798 – United States
8. Jamel Haddad €14,736 – France
9. Florian Ciuro €11,707 – France