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Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari Claims The Richest Day in Poker History

Antonio Esfandiari
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  • PG News July 4, 2012
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Iranian-born American Antonio Esfandiari (cover image), 33, bagged the first prize of $18,346,673 in the WSOP Big One for One Drop to become the winner of the biggest single poker payday ever. Esfandiari, nicknamed ‘The Magician’, also became the highest all-time money earner in tournament poker history with the win. His tournament earnings now stand at a whopping $23 million, well clear of second-highest money earner Erik Siedel who has around $17 million in career wins.

The three-day tournament, labeled Event# 55 of this year’s WSOP, started with 48 players each ponying up $1 million to get a seat. On day three, only eight players remained, with Esfandiari in pole position with 39,925,000 chips, followed by UK’s Sam Trickett with 37,000,000. In the final hand with Trickett, Esfandiari raised on the button with . Trickett called with . The flop gave Esfandiari trips and Trickett a flush draw. After a raising war, both players had their chips in the middle, with Esfandiari having more chips than his opponent. A turn and a river gave The Magician the title. Trickett went home with $10,112,001.

Complete Result of Event 55: The Big One For One Drop

PositionPlayerPrize
1stAntonio Esfandiari$18,346,673
2ndSam Trickett$10,112,001
3rdDavid Einhorn$4,352,000
4thPhil Hellmuth$2,645,333
5thGuy Laliberté$1,834,666
6thBrian Rast$1,621,333
7thBobby Baldwin$1,408,000
8thRichard Yong$1,237,333
9thMike Sexton$1,109,333

For more details visit the WSOP website.

Written By: Arindam Mukherjee

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