Woman Charged In Antonio Esfandiari Robbery, Police Allege $1m Theft
Only nine of those players who registered walked away with money, meaning 39 individuals lost $1 million in a matter of one or two days. Antonio Esfandiari was born Amir Esfandiary in Tehran, Iran, in 1978. Despite all of his poker accolades, Esfandiari still loves to do magic and if you walk the Vegas strip sometime there’s still the odd chance you might catch him out on the street doing some slight of hand. Well, he made a bet that stipulated he had to lunge everywhere for 48 hours and was in so much pain he couldn’t get up from the table to pee. He’s been a frequent guest commentator on poker shows big and small and continues to live in Vegas with his wife, Amal Bounahra, the daughter of former WSOP November Niner Bob Bounahra,and their son. It was around that time that Esfandiari finally moved to Las Vegas permanently.
It was hard to tune in to any televised poker show in the 2000s and not see Esfandiari. He was on the most influential poker show of all time, High Stakes Poker, where he won dozens of memorable hands over the game’s elite including Doyle Brunson, Phil Ivey and Daniel Negreanu. The world’s largest Poker Media website has everything you need to follow the games that matter to you. With over 20,000 videos available covering a wide variety of live and online games, Pokertube is a priceless resource for enthusiasts and professionals alike. Adam Friedman became the first person to win the same WSOP event three times in a row, defeating Phil Hellmuth heads-up early Thursday at the Rio. Hellmuth said he hired Esfandiari as a magician for a party in 2001 or early 2002.
He also had a budding career in magic to consider, and he felt that the name Antonio was better suited to it. So at 19 years old, he officially changed the name, and embarked on a career in magic in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Although Esfandiari was very successful at the poker tables around San Jose, he did not have a good grasp of bankroll management. After meeting future roommate and mentor, poker pro Phil Laak at the 2000 WSOP, Antonio started seriously building his bankroll and used some of it to enter the WPT Gold Rush Tournament in November of 2002. It was in this televised event that Esfandiari gave a memorable performance by tormenting Phil Hellmuth at the final table before knocking him out and claiming the 3rd place prize of $44,000.
He appeared in several poker and gambling movies, including Runner Runner, The Grand, Lucky You, and 7 Days to Vegas. He also played in Freelancers, The Bayton Outlaws, and Cat Run 2. In some of his interviews, Antonio has emphasized that he’s very family-oriented and very close to everyone in his family. So, it comes as no surprise that he devoted his win in the Big One for One Drop to his father, who was right there next to him, celebrating the big moment. Although he’s no stranger to long poker sessions and some crazy parties, Esfandiari identifies himself as a family man, first and foremost.
He was later overtaken by Negreanu and numerous others, as more and more high-buy-in events started being played worldwide with super high prize pools and payouts. At the moment of writing this, “The Magician’s” live tournament winnings stand at close to $28 million, which suggests that the Antonio Esfandiari net worth should be around $20,000,000 at least. Of course, it’s impossible to say how much money Antonio has paid in buy-ins over the years, as tracking sites only track those events in which he made it into the money. For his part however, Esfandiari hasn’t mentioned any big time private game scores, but that doesn’t mean a whole lot. A lot of successful poker pros know it’s bad business to brag about how much you’ve beaten a guy out of.
Antonio’s life significantly changed after the winning and he went ahead to make a great impression and created a worthy name for himself in the world of poker. He strongly believed that the name, Antonio is more mystical when compared to Amir, as a magician. When he started working as a magician, Antonio was raking in between $300 and $400 per hour performing magic. During this period, Antonio Esfandiari had a professional poker player as a roommate. On a fateful day, his roommate requested that Antonio tried his hand at poker game. As one of the best poker players in the United States, Antonio has appeared on several poker television shows.