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Monday, May 28, 2007 | Francis Lee

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A total of 346 players entered the $5,150 buy-in WSOP Circuit event held in New Orleans, the three day Bayou Poker Challenge offered up a total prize pool of $1,667,100 paying 36 places.  Quite a few of the well known pro’s were there with the likes of Chris Moneymaker WSOP 2003 main event winner, Phil Gordon, Robert Williamson III and Ryan Fisler more known for his online play.

Only 87 players survived the first days play with Phil Gordon leading the way in the chip count holding $187,000 in chips.  Moneymaker, Williamson III and Fisler were first day casualties going out and heading home with out cashing in.

Day Two would narrow the field to the final 9 players to fight out the final table, it took nearly 13 hours of gruelling play to complete.  The final 9 players a combination of local favourites and a couple of pro’s were still lead by Phil Gordon ending the day having won $1,167,000 in chips, almost treble the chip stack of second placed David Fox on $400,000.  Anthony Longoria brought up the rear on the short stack with $118,000.

Final Table Chip Stack Standings:

  • 1st Phil Gordon $1,167,000
  • 2nd David Fox $400,000
  • 3rd David McElroy $384,000
  • 4th Clint Schafer $327,000
  • 5th J.D. Estilette $327,000
  • 6th Louie Esposito $326,000
  • 7th Bobby Wisiak $206,000
  • 8th Scott Mitchell $177,000
  • 9th Anthony Longoria $118,000

Day three brought us to the final table showdown with each player hoping to be the one to take the $500,000 first prize.  The table started quickly with Esposito taking the first four pots in in a row in quick succession.  Firstly doubling up through Phil Gordon, then forcing David Fox to fold re-raising his bet from the Big Blind.  With his swelled chips stack he took the next two blinds aggressively raising up with no one wanting to call.

It only took 11 hands before we saw the first elimination of the day,  Scott Mitchell short stacked with only  $29,000 on the big blind called a raise from Clint Schafer.  Mitchell’s chances were slim holding :qh :3h against Schafer with :kc :kh Mitchell has a small glimmer of hope after the flop :5h :ad :9d and turn :jh gave him a flush draw.  The river came down :3s ending Mitchells tournament in 9th winning $33,342.

Not long after the break we saw the next two contestants go out, Bobby Wisiak went in 8th.  Going all in with :ad :7s with a $107,000 raise, Phil Gordon called and flipped over :8s :8c the board hit neither player coming down :5c :9h :jh :4h :qd and Gordon’s pocket 8’s held up.  Bobby took home $50,013.

Four hands later David McLeroy was out in 7th place against Louie Esposito.  Mcleroy moved all in for $163,000 holding :kc :qh which was called by Esposito holding :as :6d Again the board hit neither player showing :10d :7d :4c :8h :9c giving Esposito the pot with ace high.  Mcleroy collected $66,684 for 7th place.

The play slowed down as the last six players tightened up stealing a lot of pots and we didn’t really get to see to many flops let alone any showdowns.  Phil Gordon was making most of the plays coming back into the chip lead having just over 1.2million in chips, but as soon as he reached this point he lost the lead to Esposito. 

Gordon must have thought he had the best hand pre flop going all in with :kh :kc The one hand Gordon didn’t want to see became a reality when Esposito flipped :as :ad Even though the flop gave Esposito a set coming down :5h :9h :ah it wasn’t all bad for Gordon, just needing a heart with two cards to come for a flush.  The turn :8d and river :7d came down winning Esposito the huge pot and the overall chip lead.

J.D.Estilette was the next player to be eliminated just before the next break, raising all in for $109,000 holding pocket eights.  Esposito re raised this bet to $240,000 ensuring no one else played and showed :kh :ks The board missed both players coming down :6h :9d :10c :6s :3d knocking Estilette out in 6th place taking home $83,355.

Down to five players and the chip count at the break had Louie Esposito in the lead with 1.4million in chips and Anthony Longoria on the short stack with $124,000.  Phil Gordon the early chip leader had dropped to third with $707,000 just behind Clint Schafer in second on $873,000.

Longoria had held on quite well after play resumed doubling up against David Fox and then taking a few blinds and ante’s until he ran into Gordon.  With :ac :5c he found himself dominated up against :ad :7s all in pre flop.  The flop and turn missed both players until the river coming down with an ace :10c :3h :2h :8d :ah giving Gorgon the pot with the higher kicker.  Longoria took $100,026 in 5th place.

Again Phil Gordon was making ground on the chip leader with some aggressive plays but as like before it was his eventual downfall.  Firstly doubling up Clint Schafer with just over a million dollars in the pot, Gordon making an all in move with :8d :9h trying to take down the blinds was called by Schafer holding :7c :7d The board came down :ac :qc :5s :jc :kd giving Schafer the pot.

It was only a few hands later that spelt the end for Phil Gordon, on the short stack he raised all in with :ac :10h Schafer with :ah :qc called from the big blind.  The board came down :kd :6c :7h :5h :6h and Phil Gordon was out collecting $116,697 in 4th place.

David Fox ran into Louie Esposito holding :ac :as not long after the lunch break.  Fox raising all in for $375,000 holding :7d :7c was instantly called by Esposito.   The flop didn’t hit either player coming down :6c :2h :4c but the turn :5d gave Fox ten outs needing a 3,7 or 8 to stay in but the river came down with the :4h and he was out in 3rd place winning $133,368.

Down to heads up and Esposito had a sizeable chip lead against Clint Schafer.  Both players fought the pots aggressively and Schafer was starting to catch Esposito getting the upper hand in some big pots.  Before long he over took  Esposito gaining a large lead of up to a 6-1 in chips.

Just as it looked as though Clint Schafer was going to win Esposito made a great come back.  First he doubled up calling all in with :ah :4h against pocket 8’s.  Louie hit two pair with the board coming down :5d :jh :ac :3c :4s Two hands later he had evened up the chip stack doubling up again, holding :6d :8h he hit top pair on the flop and an inside straight draw with it showing :6c :5d :4s Clint bet out first holding :jd :4d and Esposito came over the top all in.  Clint took his time to call and the turn and river :9c :5h gave Esposito the pot.

Esposito never looked back from this point onward and dominated Clint with some big raises.  The final knockout hand came when Clint tried to make a stand calling a $200,000 bet holding :6h :7c The flop came down :8c :6d :4s and Esposito made a continuation bet looking to knock Clint off his hand but he came back over the top all in.  Esposito took his time to call and flipped over :kc :6s Clint needed the 5 or 7 to stay in the tournament but the turn :jh and river :4c finished things off giving Esposito victory and completing an amazing come back.  Taking home just over half a million dollars first place and the tour championship ring.

Final Standings:

  • 1st Louie Esposito $516,801
  • 2nd Clint Schaefer $266,736
  • 3rd David Fox $133,368
  • 4th Phil Gordon $116,697
  • 5th Anthony Longoria $100,026
  • 6th J.D. Estilette $83,355
  • 7th David McLeroy $66,684
  • 8th Bobby Wisiak $50,013
  • 9th Scott Mitchell $33,342

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