Antonio Esfandiari

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Antonio Esfandiari

is a renowned poker phenom and key contributor

Poker Score: 421,081

Popularity: 686,886

Contribution: 90,056

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About Antonio Esfandiari


Two WPT titles, three WSOP bracelets, and the biggest live tournament cash in poker history - Antonio Esfandiari ‘The Magician’ seems to know all the tricks to live poker!

Born in Iran in 1978 as Amir Esfandiari, he moved to the United States with his family when he was about 10. He never misses an oportunity to express his gratitude and admiration for his father, to whom he dedicated his One Drop bracelet  

Antonio was a professional magician for a few years in his early 20’s, before he discovered poker. He demonstrates his skills in the Strip Magic web reality series he shot in 2014 as the Ultimate Poker brand ambassador. 

Esfandiari’s first cash on record came in 2002 and exactly 10 years later he was to score the biggest cash prize recorded ever ($18,346,673!), with his 1st place in the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop. With this win and a total of 30 ITM finishes, Antonio Esfandiari still tops the all-time WSOP earnings ranking.

Often together with buddy Phil Laak, and the latter’s long-time girlfriend, Hollywood actress Jennifer Tilly, Antonio Esfandiari has appeared in numerous TV shows and movies, including Poker After Dark, Deal, Lucky You, Freelancers. The ‘Unabomber’ and ‘the Magician’ duo had their own show - I Bet You - in 2007 and their latest joint project is the pilot episode of the proposed reality TV series Underground Poker

In 2012 Esfandiari released the poker strategy game The Magician's Secrets for Winning Tournaments on InstaPoker. 

Written by Annie RKH
Last update: 16/03/2015

Jobs & Achievements


Poker After Dark,
Sep 2007 to Aug 2010
World Poker Tour : In the Money,
in Mar 2006
High Stakes Poker,
Jan 2006 to May 2009
2004, 2012, 2012,
since Jan 2004
since Jan 1990

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The biggest cashes of Antonio Esfandiari


Rank: 1 / 48
Event 55: $1000000 NLHE The Big One for One Drop
Jul 1, 2012
Tournament Results
Event 47: $111111 NLHE One Drop High Rollers
44th Annual World Series of Poker 2013
Jun 26, 2013


4 / 166

$10000 NLHE L.A. Poker Classic
2004 WPT II - L.A. Poker Classic
Commerce Casino
Feb 21, 2004


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