The 2013 World Series of Poker Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em was scheduled to come to an end today, but thanks to the record 166-player turnout—the highest ever for a six-figure buy-in event—an impromptu Day 4 has been added to the schedule to see who among the final four will emerge victorious to capture the gold bracelet and $4,830,619 first-place prize.
Businessman Bill Perkins leads the final four with 14.7 million, but he must overcome some stiff competition in Anthony Gregg (13.9 million), Chris Klodnicki (12 million) and Antonio Esfandiari (9.2 million). Incredibly, Esfandiari is looking to capture a One Drop title for the second year in a row.
The day began two off the money with 26 players returning to action. The first elimination came within an hour and happened in Level 21 (30,000/60,000/10,000) when well-known sports bettor Haralabos Voulgaris was eliminated by Connor Drinan in 26th place. The money bubble lasted quite awhile, and despite a double for Yevgeniy Timoshenko, he still ended up the High Roller bubble boy.
Over the next few levels the in-the-money eliminations began to mount and included Steve Gross (24th - $173,723), Dan Shak (23rd - $173,723), Farshad Fardad (22nd - $173,723), Jason Koon (21st - $173,723), Shaun Deeb (20th - $173,723) and Phil Laak (19th - $173,723). It was at that point that Esfandiari was nearly eliminated. Instead, he used his proverbial "one time" to spike an ace on the river to stay alive.
Within minutes Poker Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, who cashed in last year's Big One for One Drop, fell in 16th place for $208,968. From there, Blake Bohn (15th - $208,968), Martin Finger (14th - $251,549), Matt Glantz (13th - $251,549), Jeremy Ausmus (12th - $308,622), Connor Drinan (11th - $308,622) and Lawrence Greenberg (10th - $384,122) all hit the rail before the unofficial final table of ten was set.
On Hand #16 of the official final table, which happened in Level 27 (120,000/240,000/40,000), Schulman attempted an unsuccessful stop-and-go against Richard Fullerton to bust in eighth place for $485,029. In the very next hand, Brandon Steven, who finished tenth in the 201 WSOP Main Event for $635,011, lost a race to fall in seventh place.
In the last level of the night (Level 28: 150,000/300,000/50,000), Martin Jacobson hit the rail in sixth place after running ace-jack into the pocket queens of Anthony Gregg. He was soon joined on the rail by Richard Fullerton, who exited in one of the day's more dramatic hands.
The final four players will return at 1:00 p.m. local time to play down to a winner. Join us then as we look to close this thing out and crown a new One Drop champion.