In back-to-back hands we just saw Antonio Esfandiari take pots down with pre-flop three bets. On the third hand he knocked out German pro Tobias Reinkemeier.
First Cary Katz attacked the blinds from the cutoff and Bill Perkins called his raise from the button. Guy Laliberté was in the small blind, he folded, and Esfandiari put in a three-bet. Both Katz and Laliberté laid it down, and Esfandiari showed the .
On the second hand Jason Mercier raised to 120,000, and this time Esfandiari three-bet to 400,000 from the small blind. Mercier double-checked his cards, and tossed them into the muck.
Esfandiari took down consecutive pots, and when it got folded to him on the button he raised once more making it 150,000. Reinkemeier was in the small blind, he looked down at this cards and moved all in for 1,2550,000. Mikhail Smirnov folded his big blind, and Esfandiari made the call.
The window card was the , but Reinkemeier was drawing very slim when the and showed up. Esfandiari had made a set, and Reinkemeier needed running cards to stay alive. The turn was the , and he had some hope as a ten would give him a winning straight. The river was the , and Esfandiari made quads.
Reinkemeier shook some hands, and left the tournament as Esfandiari is now one of the chip leaders.