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Antonio Esfandiari Wins One Drop and Mind-Blowing $18 Million!

Tags: 2012 wsop, Antonio Esfandiari, big one for one drop, brian rast, guy laliberte, one drop, phil hellmuth, sam trickett.
Posted on 04 July 2012 by "T".

The most expensive tournament in poker history has come to an end - The Big One for One Drop ($1,000,000 buy-in). Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari ended up taking home the whole thing and bank-account busting $18,346,673 - the richest prize in poker history. Besides that, he received his second gold bracelet after winning the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold'em event in 2004 for $184,860.

Due to his win of The Big One for One Drop, his tournament earnings now exceed $22,800,000, which sends him right to the top on the all-time tournament winnings leaderboard! Just simply amazing how a single tournament can change things, hah?

Below are the final table results and an interview with the champion (taken from WSOP's website):
1st:  Antonio Esfandiari - $18,346,673
2nd:  Sam Trickett - $10,112,001
3rd:  David Einhorn- $4,352,000
4th:  Phil Hellmuth - $2,645,333
5th:  Guy Laliberte - $1,834,666
6th:  Brian Rast - $1,621,333
7th:  Bobby Baldwin - $1,408,000
8th:  Richard Yong - $1,237,333 


Question:  Antonio, you walked off this stage about a week and a half ago in a very disappointing third place.  You were crushed.  At that time, could you have possibly thought you'd get to this moment.
Esfandiari:    Yes. I believed it.  I declared it.  I wanted to win even more since I took third and didn't win that tournament.  I got pretty unlucky when it was three-handed, and so I was determined to come back and win another one.

Question:  On a scale of Antonio Esfandiari's greatness, how great is this?
Esfandiari:  It's like 182, feels like.  It's better than sex that's for sure.

Question:  Talk about the last hand when you're sweating the last two cards - the the flush draw.  How hard was your heart beating?
Esfandiari:  It wasn't beating that hard actually. I just went through the process and I was thinking: Okay here we are. This is the moment. If you fade this flush draw, you win the biggest tournament in history of the world. And that's it. This is the moment. It's here, right now. I was like please Jesus, this one time. And I'm pretty sure I used up all my one-times on this tournament, but I'm okay with that. I said earlier if I use my one-times for the next five years in this tournament, I'm happy with that. So, from now on, it's one more time.

Question:  How does your approach change when you're playing against-
Esfandiari:  I feel like the President! I like this!

Question:  How does your approach change when you're playing against people for whom, over a million dollars isn't a lot of money at all.
Esfandiari:  Honestly, it didn't change. It's really just a poker tournament. You get two cards, your opponent gets two cards. So, you just have to play the chip stack, the position, and the player. And, you know, it really didn't make a difference. I just wanted to win the tournament.

Question:  Talk to us a little bit about growing up. You were doing a lot of partying about half a decade ago and....
Esfandiari:  Who says I've grown up?                        

Question:  I think you've grown up a little bit. I think you matured a little. I think you were doing a lot more partying and not focusing that much on your poker game. I think that you've matured. Am I right?
Esfandiari:  Absolutely. I did some self-awareness work, and just kind of took things into perspective; you know, what was and what wasn't important. And going out and partying at the end of the day, it really didn't make me that happy. I loved it, don't get me wrong. I kind of grew out of it. I'm 33 now and so I just decided to live a better life, and this World Series I decided I was going to wake up every day and go to the gym and just be disciplined and win a bracelet.

Question:  Do you think that stuff has resulted in winning the bracelet? Is it because you had that more disciplined life?
Esfandiari:  I mean it's just one-hundred percent. It's not even close. I have to thank Corrine June. She's been coaching me the whole tournament. Where's Corrine? Right there, she's been coaching me the whole tournament, every single day before the tournament, every single break. So if you guys want to interview her, I'd interview her too. She's amazing.

Question:  When was the first time you actually visualized yourself winning this bracelet?
Esfandiari:  This one in particular? Honestly, I've been visualizing it the whole time. But I've been visualizing that for every tournament I've done in this World Series. So this time it just came true. I really saw it last night at the final table. I just felt it. I just knew it was my time.

Question:  Was this your tournament from the get-go? It seemed like you were really relaxed. You were playing with Bill Perkins. Running around, calling out people, calling out David Einhorn for giving to charity. You seemed comfortable more than anybody else in this field. Is that fair to say?
Esfandiari:  I mean, I think so. I think some people were comfortable. They were just weren't as outgoing. You know, my style is to talk and have a good time. At the poker table I might as well enjoy my life, instead of sitting there and being bored. Because poker, as we all know, is boring sometimes. So, I was just trying to have a good time, and I would do that any hand, any tournament, anywhere. The fact that it was the One Drop made no difference.

Question:  How do you feel this tournament has changed your life, Antonio?
Esfandiari:  I came on the poker circuit many years ago, and I've had some success. And then for many years I really didn't care I didn't win anything. But thanks to other shows I was still in the poker scene, but I won a WPT a few years ago and that felt great, but I think this kind of just really lays down the foundation that Antonio Esfandiari is a poker player.

Question:  Where do you go from here?
Esfandiari:  Where do I go from here? To the bar?

Question:  Did you think about that 18 million dollar payout?
Esfandiari:  I swear to you, believe it or not, I never once thought about the money. I just wanted to win.

Question:  Filming at the end, you gave your dad the bracelet. What did that mean to you? When did you decide you were going to do that?
Esfandiari:  I said it last night, I told my little brother that "this one's for dad." And I'm giving him the bracelet. My dad has been my biggest supporter. The very first time I invited him to a casino to watch me play he sat behind me and he watched my cards, and before poker was ever popular he was like, "Son, I support you a 100 percent." He was totally cool with it, which was surprising. At first he wasn't, but when he came down and watched me play, and I told him what people had he was like, "Okay, I get it." And so he's been my biggest supporter, I love him to death. He's the greatest man on the planet. He gave up a lot to move us to this country, everything basically. To win this for him, and give him the bracelet, means the world to me. So, I'm going to wear this tonight, but after tonight, it's my dad's bracelet.

Question:  Antonio, is this more important than winning the Main Event for you?
Esfandiari:  Well you know I had a conversation with somebody about that, and I don't know. I think it's like a history thing. This is unprecedented. If I could go and pick one tournament to win this year, this one or the Main Event, I'd almost pick this one. I don't know what it feels like to win the Main Event. After I win it this year, I'll let you know.

Question:  Was it important to have overcome Phil Hellmuth for the all-time money yesterday?
Esfandiari:  No, but it was weird raising him with nine deuce.

Question:  Do you have any charity of some sort to donate any money to?
Esfandiari:  Sure, One Drop.

Question:  Have you thought about how much?
Esfandiari:  No, not yet.

Question:  When did you decide to play in the One Drop?
Esfandiari:  Just a few days before the tournament. I wasn't going to play, because I was going to do the commentary. But then I took third and I was like "Ugh!" And so I decided to play last minute.

Question:  Are there some pretty happy investors out there right now?
Esfandiari:  I plead the fifth.

 


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22 comments for "Antonio Esfandiari Wins One Drop and Mind-Blowing $18 Million!"

 ErikSRV04/07/2012 09:38:57 GMT
Did they record this? i would love to watch
 jessthehuman04/07/2012 09:51:07 GMT
Question: Are there some pretty happy investors out there right now?
Esfandiari: I plead the fifth.

been reading on 2+2

no one seems to know the answer to this one.. Seen estimates that say he had as low as 10% of himeslf.. I wonder how much of his action he sold..????
 teddybears7304/07/2012 10:26:22 GMT
aye i watched this last night and antonio played really well as did sam trickett who finished in 2nd also spare a thought for phil helmuth who never got one good hand in the ft and was always struggling.
what a pay day for antonio,but as jess said how much did he actually have of himself ?
 noonlion04/07/2012 10:50:37 GMT
Wowee......................

I'm so pissed its finished already, thought there might be another session today - had to stop watching due to my g/f nagging lol, priorities huh.

annoyed i missed poker history but i'll watch the recording.

pleased for antonio - he seems like a cool guy and always has a lighthearted approach to his game but plays like a boss.

trickett - god dam that'll make up for the Macau bleeding sessions - and establishes him as one of the top top big money tournament players

it would be verry interesting to know who had what money riding on what, who had investment - if antonio only had 10% that's still 1.8mill, but sickening too.

tbh I can't see that being the case - the risk to rewards ratio doesn't make sense on that really
100k for 900% profit of 1.8milly sounds good, but if you contrast that with even 40% of the prize money for around 8milly it doesn't look so sweet (for a 400k investment).
 Fakiry04/07/2012 12:24:54 GMT
Winning $18 million is better than sex? It must be hard for me to ever find that out! Either this tourney starts to take place every year with the same buy-in or else it shouldn’t be considered to the rank of the biggest poker earnings of the year. We are used to see first prizes that round about $2 million, and one would have to win those nine times just to get get to this single event. Even the 2nd place won more than $10 million (you were right IslandJack, Sam Trickett did really well). And, about the rank, does anyone knows if the values durrrr did on Macau will be considered?
 TheMachineQC04/07/2012 12:47:01 GMT
The link for live streaming was somewhere else on the site Fakiry, have to look better Blink

Some of the businessmen gave their winnings to the foundation. But they already take 11.11% in the buy-in, so just that was about 5 millions to one drop! That's enough to make sure some people can drink water for a while I guess Big Smile
 ayaraled04/07/2012 14:28:46 GMT
it was really a good game....antonio was at his best at heads up....his magic as everywhere..
 kinogomes04/07/2012 14:45:45 GMT
I dont if this is true, but i heard he sold shares before the tournment started, so he is going to be just with 10% of the prize, A little more than 1.5 million. Esfandiari is very famous but he was never in top of the richest poker pros.No doubrt this is grerat for him, and he seems to be ice guy too!
 remco250404/07/2012 16:35:48 GMT
Posted by kinogomes:
I dont if this is true, but i heard he sold shares before the tournment started, so he is going to be just with 10% of the prize, A little more than 1.5 million. Esfandiari is very famous but he was never in top of the richest poker pros.No doubrt this is grerat for him, and he seems to be ice guy too!


This is not true because in the pre interview he said that this was a big risk he was taking with his bankroll. Also he explained that at the start of his carreer he also made a big risk to enter a tourney of 3K with a 9K bankroll

So because he said this i know for sure he at least put 500.000 if not almost paid the whole mil

That why he says that he feels like the president ....he f ing rich now
 Greenmohave04/07/2012 17:26:05 GMT
Unbelieveable! that's all I can say. I used to like watching Antonio play on High Stakes and he was always one to play the least amount of hands, but win the most. I think he's a deserving individual and boy, what a win 18 million. That's better then the big lottery!
 noonlion04/07/2012 20:13:01 GMT
I think an important thing has been forgotten amidst the hype and enormity of the event - it's for a charity raised 5Milly to provide fresh water for people who don't have access like we do. That's the only downside imo.
 kinogomes04/07/2012 21:54:48 GMT
Posted by remco2504:
Posted by kinogomes:
I dont if this is true, but i heard he sold shares before the tournment started, so he is going to be just with 10% of the prize, A little more than 1.5 million. Esfandiari is very famous but he was never in top of the richest poker pros.No doubrt this is grerat for him, and he seems to be ice guy too!


This is not true because in the pre interview he said that this was a big risk he was taking with his bankroll. Also he explained that at the start of his carreer he also made a big risk to enter a tourney of 3K with a 9K bankroll

So because he said this i know for sure he at least put 500.000 if not almost paid the whole mil

That why he says that he feels like the president ....he f ing rich now


Iam not so sure that he had 1 million to put in this kind of tournment. Looking his career we cant say he is Helmuth, or Phil, or Negreneau, he didnt won so much playing online. I think in his whole career he didnt won even 1 million playing tournments (thats what said in Victory Poker site). The times i saw him in the high stakes poker he wasnt the one wining alot (because he was more talkative in the tables and playing very tight).
Putting all of this for me its poretty obvious he was stacked and have to give the shares back, that doesnt mean that he doesnt feel like a president. Anyone wining the biggest tournment of all time would feel like a president.
 remco250405/07/2012 10:14:10 GMT
Posted by kinogomes:
Posted by remco2504:
Posted by kinogomes:
I dont if this is true, but i heard he sold shares before the tournment started, so he is going to be just with 10% of the prize, A little more than 1.5 million. Esfandiari is very famous but he was never in top of the richest poker pros.No doubrt this is grerat for him, and he seems to be ice guy too!


This is not true because in the pre interview he said that this was a big risk he was taking with his bankroll. Also he explained that at the start of his carreer he also made a big risk to enter a tourney of 3K with a 9K bankroll

So because he said this i know for sure he at least put 500.000 if not almost paid the whole mil

That why he says that he feels like the president ....he f ing rich now


Iam not so sure that he had 1 million to put in this kind of tournment. Looking his career we cant say he is Helmuth, or Phil, or Negreneau, he didnt won so much playing online. I think in his whole career he didnt won even 1 million playing tournments (thats what said in Victory Poker site). The times i saw him in the high stakes poker he wasnt the one wining alot (because he was more talkative in the tables and playing very tight).
Putting all of this for me its poretty obvious he was stacked and have to give the shares back, that doesnt mean that he doesnt feel like a president. Anyone wining the biggest tournment of all time would feel like a president.


He maybe sold some part of it but sertainly he put more in then 100.000
Because otherwise he would not have said what he did..what is taking a big risk with his BR
So maybe some peeps have some shares but sertainly no 90%
 Macubaas05/07/2012 20:21:24 GMT
Massive congratulations to the winner, i really think that the end result was really different to what most of the people expected.

It's also nice to see that Phil H took a pretty good place. Also Sam got a pretty good prize Smile
 damosk05/07/2012 22:18:19 GMT
10% or 100%, his winnings area fine return on his and his backers investment. It should keep him going a little while longer abnd I suppose we need to keep an eye out for the news when he has blown the lot!!!
 Indo36M07/07/2012 18:26:25 GMT
NICE 2WIN 18 MILL,EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO SPLIT THAT 5 OR 6 WAY'S,STILL
WON,3,6MIL OR 3MILLION,BUT IF YOU OWN ALREADY A LOT OFF MONEY,I
ALWAYS ASK MYSELF,WILL YOU ALWAYS BE HAPPY?DO YOU ALWAYS FEEL
GOOD?MENTELY OR PSHYCICAL?SURE,YOU HAVE NO MORE MONEY ISSUE'S
BUT ARE YOU FOR THE REST OFF YOU'RE LIFE,EVRY DAY HAPPY? I GUESS NOT,COZ U SEE PEOPLE WHO YOU DIDNT SAW THE LAST 5 YEARS AND SUDDENLY THEY CAL YOU,OR COME TO YOURE HOUSE,AND THOSE SO CALLED "FRIENDS"WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT MONEY PROBLEMS,OR THE GIRLS
HOW UGLY YOU ARE,THE GIRLS HO DIDNT EVEN SAW YOU STANDING,WANT
SEX OR MORE JUST FOR THE $$$,AND FAMILY ,SO ON SO ON............
NO I THINK MONEY DOESNT MAKE YOU HAPPY,YOURE LIFE IS EASYER BUT
ALSO IT CHANGED YOU RE SELFS( NO ALL ,SOME PEOPLE) WHAT I TRY TO
SAY IS,U STILL AN HUMAN, WHO ALSO CAN BE ILL,BREAK BONES,DIVORCE
ACCIDENT WHIT THE NEW SPORTSCAR,AND DIE WHEN THE TIME IS OVER.
THATS HOW I THINK ABOUT IT.
 teddybears7307/07/2012 18:37:16 GMT
Posted by Indo36M:
NICE 2WIN 18 MILL,EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO SPLIT THAT 5 OR 6 WAY'S,STILL
WON,3,6MIL OR 3MILLION,BUT IF YOU OWN ALREADY A LOT OFF MONEY,I
ALWAYS ASK MYSELF,WILL YOU ALWAYS BE HAPPY?DO YOU ALWAYS FEEL
GOOD?MENTELY OR PSHYCICAL?SURE,YOU HAVE NO MORE MONEY ISSUE'S
BUT ARE YOU FOR THE REST OFF YOU'RE LIFE,EVRY DAY HAPPY? I GUESS NOT,COZ U SEE PEOPLE WHO YOU DIDNT SAW THE LAST 5 YEARS AND SUDDENLY THEY CAL YOU,OR COME TO YOURE HOUSE,AND THOSE SO CALLED "FRIENDS"WILL COMPLAIN ABOUT MONEY PROBLEMS,OR THE GIRLS
HOW UGLY YOU ARE,THE GIRLS HO DIDNT EVEN SAW YOU STANDING,WANT
SEX OR MORE JUST FOR THE $$$,AND FAMILY ,SO ON SO ON............
NO I THINK MONEY DOESNT MAKE YOU HAPPY,YOURE LIFE IS EASYER BUT
ALSO IT CHANGED YOU RE SELFS( NO ALL ,SOME PEOPLE) WHAT I TRY TO
SAY IS,U STILL AN HUMAN, WHO ALSO CAN BE ILL,BREAK BONES,DIVORCE
ACCIDENT WHIT THE NEW SPORTSCAR,AND DIE WHEN THE TIME IS OVER.
THATS HOW I THINK ABOUT IT.


why are you shouting,man.
Big Smile
 kwasac08/07/2012 13:43:23 GMT
YEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAH!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR HIM!!! Smile THIS GUY IS UNDOUBTLY MY FAVORITE PLAYER, I LOVE HIM!!! Big Smile MAIN REASON IS THAT HE PLAY VERY SMART AND AGGRESIVE POKER AND HE LOVE TO BLUFF HELLMUTH AND DRIVING HIM CRAZY, HE IS AMAIZING!!! Smile P.S. Sry for shouting i am deligthed Big Smile

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Before final table started Antonio said: There is no IF, there is WHEN I won it... Big Smile Legend!!!
 uhhcallmi09/07/2012 14:54:13 GMT
it was just a tournament ,,,with of course 1 player winning 1rst prize....

lucksack i say....only pokerpro's there...so most luck was on his side ... Thumbs Up

 kozomoja28/07/2012 09:11:12 GMT
Saw the final table, he deserved it. Felt a bit sorry for Brian Rast, he played really good final table.
 linz4728/07/2012 10:11:12 GMT
it was shown live on espn i watched it and the brit former footballer came second winning 8 million
 nipitiri303/08/2012 04:17:28 GMT
unreal ammounts of cash would be fun to play that tourney

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