The WSOP Big One for One Drop found Antonio Esfandiari claiming the single largest prize in sports' history. And he took home a specially designed platinum Richard Mille bracelet from the WSOP 2012 Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop.
The prize pool came to a gigantic $42,666,672 when 48 players entered the event, with the final nine being paid. Mike Sexton finished in 9th place for $1,109,333.
Heads-up play between Sam Trickett and Antonio Esfandiari ended with a delicate dance of raise and reraised until Esfandiari raised all-in and Trickett called. Trickett tabled and Esfandiari had for trip fives when the flop hit with . Trickett needed a flush or two perfect cards to stay alive.
The turned kept Esfandiari in the lead and both players stood in the middle of the stage…waiting…for the .
It was over! Let the parties begin and the insanity rage even higher than before for the biggest tournament in history had been a dream, then it became a reality, and then it was over. A new champion reigned over a new event.
Sarah Grant of PokerNews.com talks to Antonio after his win.
We followed the tournament report at PokerNews.com but we still haven't put a finger on why this player folded quad eights.
PhilGalfond Phil Galfond
Just saw the craziest hand I've ever seen. Guy folded 88 face up on Js87s8sKs. 2012-07-01
Image courtesy of Joe Giron