Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em

River Keeps French Hopes Alive

Antonio reacts to the 10 on the river

Antonio Esfandiari opened for 33,000 on the button only to have Remi Bollengier moved all in for 338,000 from the big blind. Esfandiari seemed interested and asked for a count. "I really think I have the best hand," Esfandiari said upon learning it'd cost him 305,000 more.

He thought about it for about a minute before counting out the chips and asking his opponent, "Do you want it?" A few seconds later, Esfandiari spiked in the call.

Bollengier: {A-Spades}{8-Spades}
Esfandiari: {K-Clubs}{3-Spades}

Esfandiari was wrong in that he didn't have the best hand, but he did when the flop fell {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts}{J-Clubs}. Esfandiari turned to his supporters on the rail and said, "Blank out one time?"

The {4-Diamonds} turn brought him one step closer to his third bracelet, but the {10-Clubs} river snatched it away as Bollengier hit his straight to stay alive. Esfandiari threw his arms up to his head and bolted to his rail. He was showered with reassurances before heading back to the table to continue the action.

Player Chips Progress
Antonio Esfandiari us
Antonio Esfandiari
us 1,100,000 -375,000
Remi Bollengier FR
Remi Bollengier
FR 700,000 300,000

Tags: Antonio EsfandiariRemi Bollengier