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Esfandiari Looking To Repeat At One Drop High Roller Event

Antonio Esfandiari became one of the biggest names at the 2012 World Series of Poker last year when he won the first annual One Drop High Roller No-Limit Hold'em event. The tournament produced the single highest first place prize in the history of poker, at over $15 million.

Fast forward one year, and Esfandiari is again looking to make history. This time, the poker legend is looking to repeat as champion in the One Drop event, and with only 26 players remaining, Esfandiari's dream is within reach.

Heading into the final day of play in a tournament that began on Wednesday, Esfandiari currently sits in fourth place, with 2,970,000 chips. Every player in the top five has over 2.5 million chips, but all are chasing the leader, Martin Jacobson, who currently holds 3,500,000 chips.

Esfandiari is not the only big-name pro chasing the $4,830,619 first place prize money. Phil Laak is currently in 12th place, while Shaun Deeb sits in 17th, and Mike Sexton at 24.

The players will continue through the dinner break later today, and then the tournament will be played to its conclusion once dinner is complete. The tournament was limited to 166 starting players.

In other WSOP action on Friday, Event #48 is close to reaching the final table. Of the 343 players that entered the $2,500, Limit Hold'em/Six Handed tournament, only 12 remain. Danny Le is the chip leader with 421,000. Danny Warchol is close behind, sitting just 4,000 chips off the lead. Marco Johnson (340,000), Maria Ho (291,000), and Juha Helppi (200,000), round out the top five. Jon Seaman is the short stack with 59,000 chips.

Four additional tournaments are set to begin this weekend, including two of the larger buy-in events. A $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em/Six Handed tourney begins today, and the coveted $50,000 Poker Players Championship begins on Sunday afternoon. The biggest names in the game are all expected to be a part of the Players Championship event.

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