ANDREW LICHTENBERGER WPT DOYLE BRUNSON FIVE DIAMOND WORLD POKER CLASSIC
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Andrew Lichtenberger

Andrew Lichtenberger

Career Stats

Earnings $662,903
Cashes 7
Final Tables 2
Titles 0
Tournaments Played 31

Current Standings

Est. Current Chipcount

Est. Average Chipcount
15,090,000

Current Chipleader
-

Chipcount History

Day 3
470,000

Day 4
1,107,000

Day 5
2,940,000

Day 6
5th

 

Ravi Raghavan Becomes Newest Addition to WPT Champions Club

Level 30: 50,000-100,000, 10,000 ante

WPT Season 11_Doyle Brunson Five Diamond_Day 6 Final Table
By Diana Cox

Ravi Raghavan went from the short-stack to the only stack and won his first career WPT Title just before midnight Dec. 9, 2012 at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.

Raghavan outlasted a final table which included Antonio Esfandiari, who won this event in Season IX, Andrew Lichtenberger who final tabled this event in Season X and WPT Champions Club member Shawn Buchanan.

Raghavan began the day as the short stack and doubled up twice early on to rocket to the top of the chip counts and never slowed down. 

With the elimination of Thomas Winters as the third place finisher, the heads-up battle between Raghavan and Buchanan began. Things came to an end when Buchanan pushed all-in for just over two million with Kdiamond7spade and Raghavan, who had about a 4-1 chiplead, called with 7heart7club.

Supporters of both players rose to their feet and the dealer peeled off Jspade9diamond9heart giving Buchanan the chance to double up. Greg Mueller, who finished 13th in this tournament, shouted for an eight from the crowd, and the 8spade opened on the turn. But no more help for Buchanan was to be found when the 4diamond fell on the river and ended his chances at a second WPT title. 

First to exit the final table was Jeremy Kottler. Kottler was down to his last 720,000 and moved all-in from the small blind after a 115,000 raise by Winters from middle position. Winters asked for an exact count before making the call to put Kottler at risk. Winters was in possession of pocket sevens, 7club7heart, and Kottler had been dealt the Ace and King of diamonds. Kottler's hand failed to improve after a flop of 8spade5diamond3heart but the 2heart on the turn gave him additional outs. However, Kottler's tournament came to an end when the 9diamond fell on the river and Winters' sevens held. 

Andrew Lichtenberger, who finished fourth here last season, was eliminated as the fifth place finisher when he shoved his last 395,000 from the small blind with Adiamond9club . Raghavan called from the big blind with Qclub4diamond. Raghavan picked up a pair of fours after the flop of Jclub8spade4heart. His fours held went the board completed 2club Kspade and Lichtenberger's tournament came to an end one place shy of his Season X finish. 

With a massive rail on site to support him, Esfandiari fell short of becoming the first player in WPT history to win the same event twice. Esfandiari became the fourth place finisher when he ran his AclubKheart in Raghavan's AspadeAheart

Esfandiari raised to 200,000 from the small blind and Raghavan re-raised to 490,000 from the big blind. Esfandiari four-bet all-in and Raghavan snap-called. 

"Damn," Esfandiari said as Raghavan flipped over his aces. 

The board ran out Jdiamond9diamond4heart10diamond6diamond and Esfandiari and his supporters left the room. 

Two hands later Winters, who was seated at his first WPT final table and made his first WPT cash, was home as the third place finisher. Buchanan raised to 240,000 from the small blind and Winters three-bet to 700,000 from the big blind. Buchanan responded by moving all-in for just over three million and Winters called all-in. Buchanan flipped over 10spade10heart and Winters was behind with Aspade7diamond. The dealer fanned 6diamond3spade2spade8diamond5club and Winters never saw the needed cards to stay alive. 

WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic final table results: 

1. Ravi Raghavan - $1,268,571
2. Shawn Buchanan - $746,502
3. Thomas Winters - $483,031
4. Antonio Esfandiari - $329,339
5. Andrew Lichtenberger - $234,197
6. Jeremy Kottler - $187,845

Sorted In: Shawn Buchanan, Featured Blog, Ravi Raghavan, Thomas Winters, Andrew Lichtenberger, Antonio Esfandiari, Jeremy Kottler, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season 8 on FSN, Season VIII
11:45 PM, 12/09/12

Hand #61: Andrew Lichtenberger Out in 5th Place ($234,197)

Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

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Andrew Lichtenberger (pictured) moves all in from the small blind for 395,000, and Ravi Raghavan calls from the big blind with Qclub4diamond. Lichtenberger turns over Adiamond9club, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes Jclub8spade4heart2clubKspade, and Raghavan pairs his four on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Andrew Lichtenberger in fifth place.

Seat 1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  4,500,000  (56 bb)
Seat 2.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  Out in 5th Place ($234,197)
Seat 4.  Ravi Raghavan  -  5,085,000  (63 bb)
Seat 5.  Shawn Buchanan  -  3,170,000  (39 bb)
Seat 6.  Thomas Winters  -  2,345,000  (29 bb)

WPT Season 11_Doyle Brunson Five Diamond_Day 6 Final Table

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ravi Raghavan, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI
07:49 PM, 12/09/12

Hand #49: Ravi Raghavan Doubles Thru Andrew Lichtenberger

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Andrew Lichtenberger min-raises under the gun to 120,000, Ravi Raghavan reraises from the cutoff to 305,000, and Lichtenberger tanks for about a minute before he moves all in for about 2.5 million.

Raghavan quickly calls with AspadeKheart, and Lichtenberger turns over 9club9diamond for a race situation. Raghavan will need to improve to stay alive.

The board comes Aclub10club2spadeJspade10spade, and Raghavan pairs his ace on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Seat 1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  4,380,000
Seat 2.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  475,000
Seat 4.  Ravi Raghavan  -  4,210,000
Seat 5.  Shawn Buchanan  -  3,470,000
Seat 6.  Thomas Winters  -  2,560,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ravi Raghavan, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI
06:57 PM, 12/09/12

Hand #45: Andrew Lichtenberger

Level 28: 30,000-60,000, 10,000 ante

Shawn Buchanan raises from the cutoff to 130,000, Thomas Winters calls from the button, and Andrew Lichtenberger calls from the big blind.

The flop comes Jclub10club10diamond, Lichtenberger checks, and Buchanan bets 170,000. Winters folds, and Lichtenberger check-raises to 380,000. Buchanan tanks for more than a minute before he calls.

The turn card is the Adiamond, Lichtenberger moves all in for 1.34 million, and Buchanan asks for a count and tanks for about a minute before he folds. Andrew Lichtenberger takes the pot.

Seat 1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  4,365,000
Seat 2.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  2,580,000
Seat 4.  Ravi Raghavan  -  2,165,000
Seat 5.  Shawn Buchanan  -  3,735,000
Seat 6.  Thomas Winters  -  2,250,000

Sorted In: Andrew Lichtenberger, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season 8 on FSN, Season VIII
06:47 PM, 12/09/12

Hand #33: Ravi Raghavan Doubles Thru Andrew Lichtenberger

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

WPT Season 11_Doyle Brunson Five Diamond_Day 6 Final Table
Photo: Ravi Raghavan reacts as he flops quad nines to double up in chips.

Andrew Lichtenberger min-raises under the gun to 100,000, Ravi Raghavan moves all in from the cutoff for about 850,000, and Lichtenberger calls with AspadeQheart. Raghavan turns over 9diamond9heart, and he'll need it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes Jheart9club9spade6diamond2heart, and Ravi Raghavan flops quad nines to win the pot and double up.

Seat 1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  4,245,000
Seat 2.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  2,660,000
Seat 3.  Jeremy Kottler  -  785,000
Seat 4.  Ravi Raghavan  -  1,805,000
Seat 5.  Shawn Buchanan  -  4,360,000
Seat 6.  Thomas Winters  -  1,240,000

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Andrew Lichtenberger, Ravi Raghavan, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI, Commerce Casino, L.A. Poker Classic, Season 8 on FSN, Season VIII
06:04 PM, 12/09/12

Hand #28: Andrew Lichtenberger

Level 27: 25,000-50,000, 5,000 ante

Antonio Esfandiari raises from the small blind to 130,000, and Andrew Lichtenberger calls from the big blind. The flop comes 9club3diamond2diamond, Esfandiari bets 165,000, and Lichtenberger calls.

The turn card is the 6diamond, Esfandiari checks, Lichtenberger bets 250,000, and Esfandiari calls.

The river card is the 8club, Esfandiari checks, Lichtenberger bets 750,000, and Esfandiari goes into the tank. After 30 seconds or so, Esfandiari looks at Lichtenberger and says, "What should I do, Chewy?" (Lichtenberger's nickname is "LuckyChewy.") The crowd laughs. Esfandiari jokingly asks if Lichtenberger is allowed to just sit still and not saying, but Lichtenberger never breaks his expression, keeping his eyes directed toward the board rather than toward Esfandiari.

Esfandiari asks, "Do you have a flush, sir? Do you have a flush?" Lichtenberger says nothing. Esfandiari turns to the dealer and says, "What do you think, Dealer? Does he have a flush." The dealer wisely says, "No comment."

After about three minutes, Esfandiari says, "Chewy, why do you look so comfortable?" Lichtenberger still doesn't break his expression, and Esfandiari turns his attention to the board.

After three and a half minutes, Esfandiari folds, and Andrew Lichtenberger takes the pot.

Antonio Esfandiari: 4spade4diamond
Andrew Lichtenberger: 9heart8heart 

Seat 1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  4,105,000
Seat 2.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  3,565,000
Seat 3.  Jeremy Kottler  -  780,000
Seat 4.  Ravi Raghavan  -  845,000
Seat 5.  Shawn Buchanan  -  4,460,000
Seat 6.  Thomas Winters  -  1,340,000

Sorted In: Andrew Lichtenberger, Antonio Esfandiari, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI, Bay 101 Shooting Star, Season VII
05:54 PM, 12/09/12

Hands #4-5: Jason Somerville Out in 10th Place ($56,110)

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #4  -  Jeremy Kottler raises from the button to 70,000, winning the blinds and antes.

WPT Season 11_Doyle Brunson Five Diamond_Day 5 Hand #5  -  Andrew Lichtenberger raises from late position to 70,000, and Jason Somerville calls from the big blind. The flop comes Kdiamond7spade2diamond, Somerville checks, Lichtenberger bets 55,000, and Somerville check-raises all in for about 570,000.

Lichtenberger tanks for a long time. Longer than five minutes. Some of the other players exchange glances, but nobody says a word. Somerville and Lichtenberger are both silent as well.

Eventually, Lichtenberger calls with JdiamondJspade for a pair of jacks. Somerville turns over 8diamond6diamond for a diamond flush draw, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.

The turn is the 9club, which gives Somerville additional outs to an open-ended straight draw.

The river is the Aclub, and Andrew Lichtenberger wins the pot with his pocket jacks to eliminate Jason Somerville in 10th place.

Andrew Lichtenberger  -  2,915,000  (97 bb)
Jason Somerville  -  Out in 10th Place ($56,110)

After the hand, the players at the table talk about how nobody called the clock, and several players say they expected somebody else to call it.

Jonathan Aguiar says that he has a "lifetime clock" on people, where they get the benefit of the doubt and as much time as they need until they abuse the privilege. Aguiar says he would've had no problem waiting another five minutes.


Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jason Somerville, Andrew Lichtenberger, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI
07:56 PM, 12/08/12

Final 10 Players: Updated Chip Counts

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

WPT Season 11_Doyle Brunson Five Diamond_Day 5
Here are the updated chip counts and seating positions for the final 10 players:

Seat 1.  Antonio Esfandiari  -  3,200,000  (133 bb)
Seat 2.  Andrew Lichtenberger  -  2,250,000  (93 bb)
Seat 3.  Jonathan Aguiar  -  1,150,000  (47 bb)
Seat 4.  Jeremy Kottler  -  1,575,000  (65 bb)
Seat 5.  Theo Tran  -  990,000  (41 bb)
Seat 6.  Ravi Raghavan  -  1,035,000  (43 bb)
Seat 7.  Jason Somerville  -  735,000  (30 bb)
Seat 8.  Arthur Morris  -  585,000  (24 bb)
Seat 9.  Shawn Buchanan  -  1,985,000  (82 bb)
Seat 10.  Thomas Winters  -  1,695,000  (70 bb)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Antonio Esfandiari, Andrew Lichtenberger, Jonathan Aguiar, Jeremy Kottler, Theo Tran, Ravi Raghavan, Jason Somerville, Arthur Morris, Shawn Buchanan, Thomas Winters, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI
07:16 PM, 12/08/12

Theo Tran Shoves All In Against Lichtenberger

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

WPT Season 11_Doyle Brunson Five Diamond_Day 5
Andrew Lichtenberger (left) raises from the small blind to 64,000, Theo Tran (right) moves all in from the big blind for 521,000, and Lichtenberger tanks for about two minutes before he folds. Tran takes the pot.

Theo Tran  -  609,000  (25 bb)
Andrew Lichtenberger  -  2,685,000  (111 bb)

Sorted In: Theo Tran, Andrew Lichtenberger, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI
06:15 PM, 12/08/12

Two Hands Can Beat Morris

Level 24: 12,000-24,000, 4,000 ante

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(Arthur Morris, left, thinks about calling a 300,000 bet on the river from Andrew Lichtenberger, right.)

"I think I lose to two hands," Arthur Morris just told Andrew Lichtenberger. 

Morris raised to 50,000 from the hijack seat and Andrew Lichtenberger called from the cutoff. Shawn Buchanan called from the big blind and the three saw a flop of KspadeQdiamondJdiamond. Buchanan and Morris checked and Lichtenberger fired out a bet of 75,000. Buchanan opted to let go of his cards and Morris called. The turn was the 6club and Morris check-called Lichtenberger's 150,000 raise. The 2spade opened on the river and Morris checked. Lichtenberger made it 300,000 to go and Morris tanked before making the call. 

Lichtenberger showed two black jacks, and they proved to be one of the hands Morris could not beat and he mucked his cards. 

Andrew Lichtenberger - 1,300,800 (65 bb)
Arthur Morris - 1,200,000 (60 bb)

Sorted In: Andrew Lichtenberger, Arthur Morris, Bellagio, Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, Season XI
06:14 PM, 12/08/12
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