Woman Charged In Antonio Esfandiari Robbery, Police Allege $1m Theft
Trickett, a British high roller, held the chip lead and was the favorite to win the $18.34 million first-place prize. He outlasted the other 47 other players to win $18.3 million – the largest poker tournament payout in history. In 2002 Esfandiari made a name for himself at the WPT 49’er Gold Rush Bonanza by getting under Phil Hellmuth’s skin and eventually placing third for $44,000.
Once a professional magician, Antonio Esfandiari is now one of the hottest young players of poker. He was the first player under twenty-five to win a first-place prize of over one million dollars. Despite technically being too young to play he found a way to win money in the first tournament he entered.
My first career was as a magician, and then I moved to playing professional poker. I have 2 World Poker championships and 3 World Series of Poker bracelets, plus $26 million in lifetime winnings including the largest cash prize in the history of poker of $18 million. I’m also excited to have my poker playing and my life profiled in my very own episode of “Pokerography” which will premiere on Poker Central TV on Sunday, November 29th at 8 PM EST.
It fascinated him, and he quickly realized that the human element that is so crucial to the game had so much in common with the relationship between an illusionist and his audience. In 2008, Esfandiari made the final table at the PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo, where he finished 8th and won €168,000 ($266,004). The next year, in 2009, he went deep in the Main Event of the WSOP, where he finished 24th, worth $352,832. Antonio was back making news again in December of 2010 when won his second WPT title and $870,124 at the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Classic. Two years later in 2004, at only 25 years old, Antonio had his first remarkable year. Poker Classic for $1,399,135, where he became the youngest player ever to win a million-dollar prize and the youngest player to win a televised WPT event.
Among other things, visitors will find a daily dose of articles with the latest poker news, live reporting from tournaments, exclusive videos, podcasts and so much more. Earlier this month, the WSOP accepted fan nominations for the one-person Poker HOF class. The results were tallied up and the 10 highest vote getters, all at least 40 years of age, advanced to the final stage in the voting process. Current living members of the Hall of Fame will now vote on a winner based on the fan nomination list. The player or industry star who receives the most votes will be inducted at a ceremony next month during the WSOP Main Event. His best cash came in 2012 when he won the $1 Million WSOP Big One for One Drop.
The one-time illusionist has more than proved his mettle across a wide range of poker variants, in the highest-stakes cash games and the most sought-after tournament. He may not rank among the leaders in tournament wins or WSOP bracelets, but when he wins he has made them count. Esfandiari lives in the Panorama Towers – the high rise luxurious condo towers at 4525 Dean Martin Drive. Across the interstate from the Aria, the twin condo towers are a stone’s throw from the Strip, and are very popular residences with superstar online poker players. When a poor college student who cracks an online poker game goes bust, he arranges a face-to-face with the man he thinks cheated him, a sly offshore entrepreneur. Gambling lovers are always in search of something new and thrilling to play.