Antonio Esfandiari Biography
He won the first poker tournament he played in, a $30 buy-in event. Poker Classic in 2004, winning the first prize of $1.4 million, becoming the youngest poker player to win a million dollar prize. Antonio also won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2004, winning a $2,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Hold’em event.
By the time he was six, the same 1,000 Rials was worth about $1.05. The unfavorable exchange rate meant a substantial loss in wealth when the family moved to America. After becoming friends during the 2000 World Series of Poker, Laak invited Esfandiari to New York City for a week out on the town. Esfandiari told Laak that the $7,000 he brought with him for the trip represented his entire net worth, but Laak didn’t believe him once he started dropping $400 a day at restaurants and in clubs.
He is a two-time World Poker Tour champion and has captured three World Series of Poker bracelets. With his win at the WSOP’s $1,000,000 buy-in “Big One for One Drop” tournament, Esfandiari won the largest cash prize in poker history at the time. He also reaches an entire audience of fans as the face of Ultimate Poker. Esfandiari is as notorious for his magic tricks as he is for his wins at the table and has used that to gain wider popularity. In fact, it was only after performing a magic gig that he was invited to play in a poker game and the rest was history.
So, how old is Antonio Esfandiari in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Antonio Esfandiari’s age is 42 years old as of today’s date 26th October 2021 having been born on 8 December 1978. Though, he is 5′ 2″ in feet and inches and 160 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 180 lbs in Pound and 82kg in Kilograms.
Esfandiari bought a Dodge Viper and an Armani suit with the prize money and hasn’t looked back. Later in his career Esfandiari would talk about how the two professions complemented each other. He said that as a magician he learned to gauge human behavior and he was able to use that skill when he moved on to cards. Originally from Tehran, Iran, Esfandiari moved to the United States with his parents in 1988. Esfandiari knew very little English when he started school in his new home but learned the language in less than six months.
He will reportedly both promote the site, as well as receive staking into tournaments. While Esfandiari did, technically, win $18.3 million, it’s almost universally accepted in poker circles that his personal take was far less than half of that. It is easy to see why he was a successful magician, and it’s obvious why he is so beloved and successful on television. He’s young, rich, charming and loves to have fun, and he has earned his spot as the poster boy for modern poker success. Antonio, who now makes his permanent home in Las Vegas, is an important figure in modern poker culture, and his fans around the world are expecting big things from him in the near future.