Antonio Esfandiari Profile
Nicknamed “The Magician”, Antonio Esfandiari was a professional magician at the age of 19. He got his poker start when a group of people asked him to play Hold’em after one of his magic shows and has been playing poker ever since. Antonio Esfandiari is great friends with fellow professional poker player Phil Laak, and they started their own TV show called “I Bet You” where they go around a city and bet on anything they can possibly think of.
Magician gone poker pro? - sounds like a smooth transaction. Antonio Esfandiari is known for his amazingly cool chip trick techniques. He is originally from Iran and moved to the United States of America in 1988. It didn’t take him much time to learn English, just like it didn’t take him much time to learn magic, and just like it didn’t take him much time to master the skill of poker. He is a very hard worker to say the least.
- 2004 - $9,900 WPT No Limit Hold’em Championship - 1st - $1,399,135
- 2004 - $2,000 WSOP Pot Limit Hold’em - 1st place - 184,860
- 2005 - Preliminary Match 4 - 1st place - $20,000
- 2006 - Heat 1 - 1st place - $10,000
- 2006 - Final 16 Group B Match 2 - 1st place - $15,000
- 2006 - Quarter Finals Group A Match 1 - 1st place - $30,000
- 2006 - Semi-Final Group A - 1st place -$50,000
Other Notable Winnings:
- 2002 - $3,000 WPT No Limit Hold’em Main Event - 3rd place - $44,000
- 2003 - $2,000 WSOP No Limit Hold’em - 5th place - 34,060
- 2005 - Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em - 3rd place - $125,000
- 2005 - $5,000 No Limit Hold’em - 3rd place $122,035
- 2007 - Grand final - 3rd place - $137,083