Antonio Esfandiari took his seat at the ESPN feature table to fight it out for his second straight bracelet in a World Series of Poker One Drop event. But Anthony Gregg was the only player left to show his magical expertise when the smoke cleared.
Gregg won Event #47 $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No Limit Hold'em to take home his first WSOP bracelet and a whopping $4,830,000 for first place. The "End Boss" (Gregg's nickname) survived a star-studded field of 166 and beat Chris Klodnicki heads-up for the title.
FINAL TABLE RESULTS
Four players came back on Saturday after play was halted late Friday night due to time constraints. Esfandiari won the $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop for a massive $18.3 million first-place prize and was hoping to score again. He held the chip lead at various times during the final table but he was the first player eliminated on Saturday.
Klodnicki min-raised to 800,000 on the button, Esfandiari moved-all in for 9,925,000 from the big blind, and Klodnicki tanked before deciding to call.
Esfandiari had a slight lead, and it increased when the flop fell . Klodnicki held backdoor straight and flush draws, but both of them were extinguished when the fell on the turn.
Esfandiari was pacing, looking for a double, but the ended it. A stunned Esfandiari was on his way to collect his $1,433,438 payday but stopped to shake hands with the remaining players. His lead as poker's all-time tournament money winner continues to grow.
Three hands later Klodnicki raised to 800,000 on the button, Perkins moved all-in from the small blind, and Gregg called all-in for 11.850 million. Klodnicki folded.
Perkins was left with a gutshot straight draw when the flop hit . The on the turn brought some hope, but the on the river only gave him a pair of tens.
Two hands later, Perkins pushed the rest of his stack in preflop with against Gregg's . The flop hit with the and Perkins had the lead with a pair of fives. The landed on the turn, Gregg had additional outs to his queen with a flush draw. And the on the river ended Perkins' run in third place ($1,965,163).
"I got rivered!" Perkins yelled jokingly when he saw the river card. Klodnicki and Gregg were embraced by Perkins before he left the tournament area.
Gregg had the chip lead when heads-up began and he kept grinding away at his opponent before winning a huge pot with two pair that gave him a four-to-one chip advantage. The final hand saw a limped flop of . Gregg checked, Klodnicki bet 500,000, Gregg check-raised to 1.4 million, and Klodnicki moved all-in for eight million. Gregg called.
Klodnicki had a gut-shot straight draw on the flop and the hit the turn. A six, seven, or five would keep him alive, but the finished out the board and gave Gregg the title.
Gregg was interviewed by PokerNews.com' Lynn Gilmartin (below), and then immediately ran across the room to take his seat in the $25,000 Six-Max, which he registered for Friday night with two tables left in this event.
Read the coverage of the $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No Limit Hold'em event in the Event #47 live reporting blog.