Antonio Esfandiari has continued his stellar form in 2012 with victory in the World Series of Poker Europe €1,100 No-Limit Hold’em.
The Magician outlasted a field of 626 players to walk away with the first place prize of €126,207 and become just the third player to win a World Series of Poker and World Series of Poker Europe event in the same year.
The tournament was the second largest in the history of the World Series of Poker Europe.
Esfandiari began the final day with the second highest chip stack but by the time the field was down to the final table he had taken the chip lead.
He was joined at the final table by five Frenchmen who were all aiming to become the France’s first ever World Series of Poker Europe bracelet winner.
The thirty-three year old professional never lost the chip lead and won the tournament when his Ace-Eight held up against McLean Karr’s Queen-Ten.
The win moved Esfandiari to the top of the World Series of Poker player of the year race but his lead is expected to be short lived as Greg Merson is likely to reclaim the top spot depending on his finish in October’s World Series of Poker Main Event final table.
Esfandiari is now considered one of the world’s best poker players.
He confirmed his position among the elite of the poker world with his incredible performance in the Big One for One Drop event at this year’s World Series of Poker.
The Magician won the high stakes event, claiming a prize of $18 million that put him at the top of the all-time poker tournament money list.
The World Series of Poker Europe continues with the Pot-Limit Omaha event, with a final table containing Michael Mizrachi, Joe Hachem and Jason Mercier, to be concluded tonight.
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