Nickname: "The Magician"/ "MagicAntonio"
Date of birth: December 8, 1978
Winnings in live tournaments: over 27 685 000$
The best result: 18 346 673$ (the 1st place in The Big One for One Drop with 1 000 000$ buy-in in 2012)
The main achievements: 3 WSOP bracelets, 1 WSOP Circuit ring
At the age of 20 Antonio opened the poker world for himself thanks to roommate. Despite the fact that “The Magician" wasn’t tech savvy, he began to show good results relatively quickly, and found the way how to win the money in his first tournament. Before poker Esfandiari was known for his focus with things’ disappearing. When he began to progress in poker he started to show the magic concerning the money disappearance of other players who have been successfully beaten by Antonio.
In 2002 Esfandiari took the 3rd place at WPT 49'er Gold Rush Bonanza and got 44 000$. It was the first victory in large tournament for Antonio. In 2004 he won at L.A. Poker Classic and got 1 399 135$. After this winning he acquired the title of the youngest player who won at WPT.
In one month "MagicAntonio" became the owner of his first gold bracelet in Pot-Limit Hold’em Event for 2000$. This victory enriched him with the amount of 184 860$. In 2012 Esfandiari set a record concerning the prize: he took the first place at The Big One for One Drop and enriched almost with 18 350 000$.
Antonio is a frequent visitor of high-rollers’ tournaments. He has more than 20 six-figured winnings and three winnings over 1 million dollars, including prize of 18 million dollars at One Drop. ;
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