Antonio Esfandiari Buys $5 4million Venice Beach Mansion
Antonio Esfandiari is a famous Magician, who was born on December 8, 1978 in Iran. Magician who became the all-time leader in poker winnings with an $18 million victory in 2012. According to Astrologers, Antonio Esfandiari’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
In fact, his first real exposure to the game came at age 20 while working as a magician. While performing, an associate invited him to a private game of Texas hold ’em. Antonio went for the social interaction more than anything other reason, but once he started playing, he recognized the allure.
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Both Antonio and Laak shared a table at the WSOP and Antonio was busy impressing other players with his magic and tricks. However, Laak seemed to have other ideas as he was seriously trying to figure out Antonio’s tricks which really irritated Antonio. While building his magic skills and supplementing his income by waiting tables, Esfandiari was introduced to the world of tournament poker by his roommate.
In 2012, the World Series of Poker hosted the first ever $1 million poker tournament, a charity event dubbed the Big One for One Drop. The buy-in was so high that some players, including Esfandiari, questioned if the event would actually run. Coming into the final table, Esfandiari and Sam Trickett both held the largest stacks, and they maintained their lead throughout until just the two of them were left. By this stage, Esfandiari had three times as many chips as the British pro.
He once bought a Dodge Viper, only to completely wreck it on a first date a week later. He has books, businesses, TV shows and a couple of nice condos in Las Vegas. The next big win for Antonio Esfandiari came in 2008 when he made the final table of the PokerStars.com European Poker Tour Grand Final in Monte Carlo. He only finished in the eight spot, but that earned him €168,000, approximately $266K. His best finish in the WSOP Main Event came the following year when he finished 24th, winning $350K-plus. In 2010, he won his second WPT title by winning the $10,000 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic, which earned him approximately $870,000.