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Antonio Esfandiari

Name
Antonio Esfandiari
Nickname
The Magician
Country
United StatesUnited States
City
Las Vegas
Total winnings
$ 26,491,484
Cashes
67
First place Finishes
13

Biography

Antonio Esfandiari is an American professional poker player of Iranian origin. He is best known for winning three WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles. He is also famous for winning the biggest cash prize in poker history of more than $18 million which he collected at The Big One for One Drop event at the 2012 WSOP.

Intro

Antonio Esfandiari made his biggest poker achievement in the summer of 2012 when he outplayed the field of 48 players consisting of recognized poker professionals and wealthy businessmen in the $1 million buy-in The Big One for One Drop event. The tournament benefited the One Drop Foundation established by the Canadian entrepreneur Guy Laliberte who himself finished the tournament in fifth place. Esfandiari collected the record-breaking $18,346,673 for his win which was the biggest cash prize in poker history.

Background

Amir Esfandiari was born in 1978 in the Iranian capital Teheran. His family moved to California when Amir was nine years old. When he was 19 years old Amir changed his name to Antonio. In the poker world Esfandiari is commonly referred to as “The Magician”, the nickname he received for his skills and knowledge of magic tricks. Actually, before he started playing poker Esfandiari was pursuing a career as a professional magician. He is famous for occasionally performing his magic tricks at the poker tables.

World Series of Poker

Esfandiari has three World Series of Poker bracelets in his collection. He won his first title in 2004 by taking down the $2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em event for $184,860. Although he continued scoring money finishes in WSOP events throughout the years, it wasn't until 2012 that Esfandiari once again made it all the way to the top. And what a summer it was for Esfandiari. He cashed in 6 WSOP events making two final tables and wining the biggest poker event in history, The Big One for One Drop.

Antonio Esfandiari's Top 6 WSOP Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2004$2,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em1st$184,860
2012$1,000,000 The Big One for One Drop1st$18,346,673
2012WSOPE €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em1st€126,207 ($164,656)
2012$3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout3rd$151,613
2003$2,000 No-Limit Hold'em5th$34,060
2005$2,500 Short Handed No-Limit Hold'em5th$63,020

World Poker Tour

Esfandiari has a good WPT record as well. He won two World Poker Tour titles in 2004 and 2010, made five final tables and has the record of nine money finishes. Esfandiari made his first WPT final table in 2002 when he finished third at the Third Annual 49'er Gold Rush Bonanza $3,000 Main Event for $44,000. Two year later he won his first WPT event for almost $1.4 million at the L.A. Poker Classic. Then six years later he scored the second one at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship taking home $870,000.

Antonio Esfandiari's Top 5 WPT Results

YearEventPlacePrize
2004L.A. Poker Classic $9,900 Championship1st$1,399,135
2010Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship1st$870,124
200249'er Gold Rush Bonanza $3,000 Main Event3rd$44,000
2011Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship6th$119,418
2005Bay 101 Shooting Stars $9,750 Championship14th$40,000

European Poker Tour

Esfandiari scored his first and only European Poker Tour money finish in 2008 when he final tabled the EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo and took home €168,000 for the eighth place finish.

Other Achievements

Apart from his WSOP and WPT titles Esfandiari has a couple of other big finishes as well. In March 2005 he came in third at the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in Las Vegas collecting $125,000 in cash. Just two months later he scored another third place at the WSOP Circuit Championship Event in Harrah's New Orleans Bayou Poker Challenge for $221,445. In 2006 Esfandiari played the exclusive Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3 Grand Final and finished in second place for $120,000.

Did you know?

  • Esfandiari's father did not approve of his son's choice to become a professional poker player at first, but eventually came in terms with it and is now Antonio's biggest fan.
  • In 2012 Esfandiari released an app called The Magician's Secrets for Winning Tournaments on Insta Poker mobile poker application.

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Tournaments and Winnings

Tournament Place Winnings
2017 World Series of Poker
Event #39: $1,000 No-Limit Hold'em Super Turbo BOUNTY269th$998
Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em MILLIONAIRE MAKER736th$2,861
Event #6: High Roller for One Drop - $111,111 No-Limit Hold'em11th$257,072
2016 888Live Poker Festival London
£2,000 High Roller6th£5,100
2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific
$1,100 No-Limit Hold'em Accumulator45th2,560 AUD
2014 World Series of Poker
Event #62: The $1,111 Little One for One Drop270th$2,630
2014 Aussie Millions
$10,600 Main Event42nd20,000 AUD
2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
$10,000,000 Guarantee Main Event140th$18,200
$100,000 Super High Roller4th$575,920
2013 World Series of Poker
Event #47: $111,111 One Drop High Rollers No-Limit Hold'em4th$1,433,438
Event #34: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold'em139th$2,111
Event #21: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Six Handed)51st$7,071
Event #9: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout48th$7,384
Event #2: $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em (Eight Handed)43rd$9,743
2012 World Series of Poker Europe
Event #2: €1,100 No-Limit Hold'em1st€126,207
2012 World Series of Poker
Event 61: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event501st$24,808
Event 55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop1st$18,346,673
Event 36: $3,000 No-Limit Hold'em Shootout3rd$151,613
Event 17: $10,000 Pot-Limit Hold'em12th$34,139
Event 12: $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold'em16th$20,674
Event 9: $1,500 No-Limit Hold'em Re-Entry329th$2,895
Event 5: $1,500 Pot-Limit Hold'em44th$4,011
2011 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em7th$58,288
2010 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Championship Event1st$870,124
2010 World Series of Poker
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em73rd$4,504
$ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Heads Up Championship32nd$17,987
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em12th$49,024
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em211st$2,880
Poker After Dark VI
$ 20,000 Week 9 - Lonesome Shark5th
$ 20,000 Week 2 - Nicknames2nd
Full Tilt Poker Million VIII
Heat 82nd
Semi-Final 24th$45,000
Turbo Heat 21st
2009 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 15,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event23rd$28,569
2009 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship No Limit Hold'em24th$352,832
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em - Triple Chance24th$14,967
Poker After Dark V
$ 20,000 Week 9 - Sit-n-Talk5th
2008 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 15,000 No Limit Hold'em - Doyle Brunson Classic59th$23,420
2008 World Series of Poker
$ 10,000 World Championship Heads Up No Limit Hold'em53rd$14,438
2008 Coast to Coast Poker Championship
C$ 920 No Limit Hold'em19th1,810 CAD
EPT Grand Final
€ 10,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main Event8th€168,000
Poker After Dark III
$ 20,000 Week 7 - "Jam Up Week"2nd
IP Poker Classic 2007
$ 550 No Limit Hold'em1st$26,488
2007 World Series of Poker
$ 1,500 No Limit Hold'em62nd$9,708
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em39th$11,905
Poker After Dark II
$ 20,000 Week 19 - Of Mouth and Men4th
$ 20,000 Week 16 - Rivals Week3rd
Poker Nations Cup II
Grand Final2nd
Heat 55th
WPT Poker by the Book: Chapter 2
No Limit Hold'em4th
William Hill Poker Grand Prix II
Grand final3rd£70,000
Heat 61st
2007 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 1,000 No Limit Hold'em Shootout13th$2,425
Poker After Dark
$ 20,000 Week 52nd
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3
Poker Superstars III Championship2nd
Grand Final2nd$120,000
Semi-Final - Group A1st$50,000
Quarter Finals - Group A - Match 11st$30,000
Final 16 - Group B - Match 21st$15,000
Final 16 - Group B - Match 12nd
Heat 202nd
Heat 152nd
Heat 123rd
Heat 52nd
Heat 11st$10,000
Crown Australian Poker Championships 2006
A$ 10,000 Main Event - No Limit Hold'em11th50,160 AUD
Fourth Annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em26th$3,305
2005 Monte Carlo Millions
Consolation Tournament - Monte Carlo Millions Gold2nd$60,000
$ 25,000 No Limit Hold'em111st
William Hill Poker Grand Prix
£ 6,000 Heat 3 - No Limit Hold'em5th
World Poker Tour Battle of Champions II
No Limit Hold'em5th
2005 World Series of Poker
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em43rd$6,570
$ 2,500 Short Handed No Limit Hold'em5th$63,020
Harrah's New Orleans Bayou Poker Challenge
WSOP Circuit Championship Event - No Limit Hold'em3rd$221,445
Third Annual Five-Star World Poker Classic
$ 5,000 No Limit Hold'em3rd$122,035
Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 2
Heat 246th
Heat 205th
Heat 135th
Heat 105th
Heat 85th
Heat 24th
2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship
Heads-Up No Limit Hold'em3rd$125,000
Bay 101 Shooting Stars of Poker
$ 9,750 Championship WPT Event - No Limit Hold'em14th$40,000
2005 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 970 No Limit Hold'em4th$12,746
Poker Royale: Battle of the Sexes
Grand Final6th$5,000
Preliminary Match 65th
Preliminary Match 41st$20,000
Preliminary Match 22nd
2004 Monte Carlo Millions
Consolation Tournament12th$1,500
2004 Ultimatebet.com Poker Classic
$ 6,000 No Limit Hold'em Final Day34th$9,000
2004 World Series of Poker
$ 2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em1st$184,860
2004 - WPT Invitational
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em6th$8,000
2004 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 9,900 No Limit Hold'em Championship - WPT1st$1,399,135
World Poker Tour Bad Boys of Poker
No Limit Hold'em5th
2003 World Series of Poker
$ 2,000 No Limit Hold'em5th$34,060
2002 Holiday Bonus Tournament
$ 200 No Limit Hold'em3rd$5,995
3rd Annual 49'er Gold Rush Bonanza
$ 3,000 No Limit Hold'em - Main WPT Event3rd$44,000
2002 L.A. Poker Classic
$ 500 No Limit Hold'em14th$1,720
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