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Poker News | World Series of Poker | WSOP 2012

Antonio Esfandiari Just Went to #1 in "All-time Money Winners List"

Antonio Esfandiari wins Big Drop WSOP 2012
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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 {q-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} and Esfandiari had {7-Diamonds}{5-Spades} for trip fives when the flop hit with {j-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}. Trickett needed a flush or two perfect cards to stay alive.

The turned {3-Hearts} kept Esfandiari in the lead and both players stood in the middle of the stage…waiting…for the {2-Hearts}.

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.

Congratulations Antonio!

Sarah Grant of talks to Antonio after his win.

Final Table

1Antonio Esfandiari$18,346,673
2Sam Trickett$10,112,001
3David Einhorn$4,352,000
4Phil Hellmuth$2,645,333
5Guy Laliberté$1,834,666
6Brian Rast$1,621,333
7Bobby Baldwin$1,408,000
8Richard Yong$1,237,333

The entire tournament history can be found here. The WSOP Official Report is here.

We followed the tournament report at but we still haven't put a finger on why this player folded quad eights.

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