I was watching this one with keen interest.
The final table of the $10,000 World Series of Poker Circuit Western Regional Championship took place at the Harrah’s Rincon near San Diego, California.
The final nine had emerged from a field of 98 players and there were many big names who were still in the hunt.
In the end though, only one big-name player would stand at the top of the field with the gold ring and $282,242 top prize: Ali Eslami.
Are you surprised?
Eslami is a pro, who before this year concentrated primarily on cash games.
In 2011 he switched his attention to tournaments, partially at the suggestion of Los Angeles Lakers’ owner Jerry Buss, and the decision has been paying dividends.
Earlier this month Eslami took second place in the Big Event bounty shootout tournament at the Bicycle Casino, which was good for $56,000.
That was the largest tournament cash of his career until tonight.
Again, congrats are due.