Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Championship: 6th Place - Esposito

$2500 + $200 Championship Deep Stack No Limit Hold'em (Re-Entry)  

Michael Esposito (Seaford, NY) 

Blinds 60/120/5k ante

On a board of A A 3, Scott Baumstein calls Michael Esposito's bet.

Turn: J

Esposito bets 350k, Baumstein calls,.

River: 9

Esposito bets 500k (leaving 1.1 million behind), Baumstein moves all in and Esposito calls.

Esposito: A 10 (trip aces)
Baumstein: A 9 (full house)

Baumstein is trailing the entire hand, but picks up a full house on the river to knock Esposito out in 6th place.

"I enjoyed everything," said Esposito, who finished in 7th place at this year's WSOP Main Event. "It was a well run tournament."

Esposito says he's never played in a re-entry tournament and took advantage of playing Day 1A and Day 1B.

"It was a good decision," he said. "I came here to play and didn't want to be left with 22 thousand."

Esposito said he took a horrible beat after flopping a set at the end of Day 1A when his opponent went runner-runner straight.  He went all in on the final hand looking for a double-up, but instead busted and re-entered.

It turned out to be a great decision as Esposito was the end of Day 1B chip leader, earning him a $3,000 bonus which propelled him to the final table and $70,602.

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