Antonio Esfandiari Making Things Interesting at This Year's Main Event

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Ace King
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One of poker's all-time biggest money earners, Antonio Esfandiari, was among the 106 players still alive at this year's World Series of Poker Main Event Thursday.


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Day 5 of the 2019 World Series of Poker Main Event proved to be the longest yet in the tournament.

Timothy Su rode a late surge to bag 19,235,000, putting him well clear of second-place sam Greenwood (11,950,000), another seasoned pro.

During the final hour, Su busted three-time bracelet winner Brian Yoon when the latter's top pair of kings ran smack into Su's bullets. Then, Su dragged an even bigger pot when he raised on the button and flopped two pair with king-seven, betting all three streets against Yulian Bogdanov. Bogdanov check-raised all in on the river with flopped second pair and a blocker to the nut straight, but Su looked him up after a five-minute tank.

"He was new to the table, so I didn't have much to go off," Su told PokerNews when asked about the big call. "When I took a step back and thought about it, his line didn't seem to make much sense."

With only a few thousand dollars in cashes, Su would seem to be an unlikely chip leader this deep into poker's biggest tournament. However, the software engineer based out of Boston has maintained a very large stack at numerous points, appearing not at all out of place against the more experienced grinders contesting many of the pots against him.

"I'm proud," he said of making it to this point with such a monstrous stack. "When the big blind is the starting stack...to think that's what we all started with is unreal."

Esfandiari will enter Thursday's play 29th in chips.

WSOP.com and Ace King of Gambling911.com Reporting