Esposito shines as Gordon falters

Updated: May 24, 2007, 4:54 PM ET
By ESPN Poker Club

Phil Gordon headed into the final table of the World Series of Poker circuit event at Harrah's in New Orleans with a tower of chips in front of him. But the deck wouldn't comply in his attempt to win his first WSOP circuit title, as he ran into pocket aces not once, but twice. Lou Esposito, from Howard Beach, N.Y., held the pocket aces the second time, and Gordon's pocket kings failed to improve, resulting in a new chip leader and an eventual fourth-place finish for Gordon.

Esposito used his stack aggressively to make his way to heads-up play against Clint Clint Schafer. Esposito chipped away at Clint Schafer's stack before finally finishing off his opponent when his K-6 defeated Schaefer's 7-6.

Esposito earned $516,801, a circuit championship ring, and a seat at the WSOP main event with the victory. Esposito had previously cashed in a preliminary event during this series in New Orleans and came in ninth in the 2005 WSOP circuit event held in Atlantic City.

Here are the complete results of the WSOP circuit event at Harrah's New Orleans:

Buy In: $5,000
Prize Pool: $1,667,100
Entries: 346
Places paid: 36

1 -- Lou Esposito -- $516,801
2 -- Clint Schafer -- $266,736
3 -- David Fox -- $133,368
4 -- Phil Gordon -- $116,697
5 -- Anthony Longoria -- $100,026
6 -- JD Estilette -- $83,355
7 -- David Lee McLeroy -- $66,684
8 -- Robert (Bobby) Wisiak -- $50,013
9 -- Scott Mitchell -- $20,005
10 -- James Ray -- $20,005
11 -- Gary Burks -- $20,005
12 -- B. Vu -- $16,671
13 -- Clifford Archer -- $16,671
14 -- Rachel Bonura -- $16,671
15 -- Jerry Conner -- $13,337
16 -- Broc Segura -- $13,337
17 -- Rodney Corr -- $13,337
18 -- Cory Albertson -- $10,003
19 -- Jimmt Pidgen -- $10,003
20 -- Brian Potashnik -- $10,003
21 -- Tom Becnel -- $10,003
22 -- Paula Holder -- $10,003
23 -- Gary Clark -- $10,003
24 -- Ky MacPherson -- $10,003
25 -- Claire Wicker -- $10,003
26 -- Richard Hensonling -- $10,003
27 -- Cuong Ngoc Nguyen -- $10,003
28 -- Steve Frezer -- $6,668
29 -- Zachary King -- $6,668
30 -- Charles Lineberry -- $6,668
31 -- David Compton -- $6,668
32 -- Richard Craig -- $6,668
33 -- Bruce Little -- $6,668
34 -- Ken Justin -- $6,668
35 -- Richard Vallandigham -- $6,668
36 -- Thomas Rouzan -- $2,223
36 -- Brian Senie -- $2,223

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