Connor Drinan opened for 225,000 from the hijack and received a call from Bill Perkins in the cutoff. Antonio Esfandiari then three-bet all in for 1.85 million and Drinan thought long and hard before moving all in himself. Perkins folded and it was off to the races.
The entire rail surrounding the ESPN Main Stage were up on their feet with most of them calling for either an ace or queen. It was clear that Esfandiari, who won last year's Big One for One Drop, is the fan favorite at the feature table. Esfandiari seemed a bit giddy as well, but his excitement soon turned to despair when the flop failed to help other than to give him a counterfeit opportunity.
The turn kept Drinan firmly in the lead, and Esfandiari needed either an ace, queen or seven to keep his One Drop hopes alive. "One time," Esfandiari said aloud. Wouldn't you know it, he got it when the peeled off.
Esfandiari literally jumped three feet off the ground as the crowd went wild. The three-time bracelet winner then rushed over to his rail where his father and girlfriend have been sweating the action all day. Esfandiari embraced his dad in a monster hug and nearly pulled him over the rail.