Antonio Esfandiari in $400,000 higher pegs duel

I Am Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari, And I’ve Won $26 Million Playing Poker Ama!

Nevertheless, Antonio is probably best known for his chip trips. His ability to perform elaborate and impressive manipulations of poker chips and cards using his fingers is a byproduct of his earlier career as a professional magician. These tricks have earned this popular high-stakes poker player the nickname “The Magician.” Aside from being a master illusionist and professional poker player who has career earnings of over $4,500,000 as of June 2011, Esfandiari is also very family oriented. After attending Antonio’s poker camp, Paul won a satellite seat into the 2005 WSOP Main Event. He went on to cash in 371st place – better than Antonio, who at the time, had never finished in the championship event.

This caught Esfandiari’s attention, they started chatting after the show, and the rest is history. It’s worth noting that neither of his career choices, magic nor poker, was well-received by his family members. Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari is one of the most familiar faces of the poker scene. A magician turned poker pro has an impressive resume, having won millions playing tournaments in the US and across the globe.

A former professional magician, Antonio Esfandiari has built a solid list of impressive results in many of the most prestigious events around the world. He won a WPT title in 2004 for $1,399,135, followed by a bracelet win at the World Series for $184,860. Countless other major final table appearances followed, before he won his second WPT title in 2010 for another huge cash of $870,124. He has career earnings of more than $4,000,000 so far, not to mention the money he’s made playing cash. He likes to party, and is known for crazy prop bets and other antics on TV, usually alongside his partner in crime Phil Laak. Born on December 8, 1978 in Tehran, Iran, Antonio Esfandiari is a professional poker player that has won a bracelet and finished in the money at thirteen major events.

19 year old at the time, he’d spend countless hours every day learning and practicing, determined to master all the secrets of the trade. It was around this time that he changed his name to Antonio as well, primarily because it was good for business. After high school graduation, Esfandiari didn’t try to pursue further education. He became independent at a very young age, and it was clear to everyone around him that whether he makes it in life or not, he’d do it on his own terms. His parents actually named him Amir, and he only changed it to Antonio later in his life.

Antonio’s father and his boys did not waste time grieving over an absent mother but set out to create a better life for themselves in their new home in California. Antonio Esfandiari attended and graduated from Del Mar High School in the year 1997. From an early point, Antonio has been focused on building a career as a magician.

That set up heads-up play between Esfandiari and Trickett, and both players were guaranteed at least $10 million. The winner would receive a gold bracelet and an extra $8 million on top. Laliberte, an amateur poker enthusiast, busted in fifth place ($1,834,666).

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