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Player Profile - Antonio Esfandiari

Winner of two World Poker Tour championships along with three bracelets from the World Series of Poker, Antonio Esfandiari is well-known throughout the poker world. His most recent win in 2012 was the biggest offline tournament of all time with a $1,000,000 buy in. After winning that event, Esfandiari took home a cash prize of $18,346,673 and became the number one ranked poker player for winnings from poker tournaments. 

Antonio Esfandiari was born in Iran, but moved to San Jose, California when he was just nine. He changed his name from Amir to Antonio to pursue his dream of becoming a magician. While performing his magic show Antonio was invited to play in a Texas Hold’em game and thus began his poker playing career. 

In 2004, Esfandiari won his first World Poker Tour event and close to $1.4 million at the L.A. Poker Classic. Just a few months later he went on to win a bracelet in the WSOP in the pot limit hold ’em event. He has won two notable events in 2012, the first being the Big One for One Drop with the grand prize of $18,346,673, and the second one was in Europe and was a no-limit hold ‘em tournament with a €1100 and had a prize of €126,207. 

He has appeared in the second and third season of the show Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and finished last initially, but came back to finish second during the third season. In addition, he has appeared on the High-Stakes Poker show on the GSN and on the Poker after Dark series on NBC. 

Antonio Esfandiari has been the face of the Poker Made Millionaire from the World Poker Tour. In addition, he co-starred on the television show called I Bet You and was also on the show Entourage. His most-recent appearance on the screen is in the movie Freelancers.

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