Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari is one of the poker world's most well-known player. He has become a big name in poker thanks to many things, however, he's perhaps best known for his appearances on TV show High Stakes Poker and for winning the $1 million buy-in WSOP event BIG ONE for ONE DROP in 2012.
'The Magician' recently went on the Poker Life Podcast to talk about his childhood in Iran before moving to America; his close relation to his father; when he started playing poker; wild parties and cutting down on partying when having a kid, and much more. Enjoy!
Antonio Esfandiari has really lived the high life and he seems to have enjoyed many a wild night. I really think that this guy is in the top five poker players in the world and i hope he enjoys further successes
I didn't realize Antonio Esfandiari was a magician, that really made me laugh. If i met him at a table, i would be scared because of the big poker pro he his, but i would never think about the possibility of him being a magician. Other players who may know he was a magician before he plays cards probably can sometimes think he can do something with the cards to turn them on his favour, like we use to see in magic tricks. Also, knowing he passed through hard times back when he was in Iran and having now the chance to live a normal (great ) life with what he had achieve just for having the same chances ocidental citizens have must be a great feeling for him.
I don't know how successful his magic career had been but he is a very good poker player and his results speak for themselves.I don't see as much as him on TV as I used to but I was surprised to see that he had cashed 8 times in the WSOP this year,and went very deep in the main event.
Posted by Fakiry: I didn't realize Antonio Esfandiari was a magician, that really made me laugh. If i met him at a table, i would be scared because of the big poker pro he his, but i would never think about the possibility of him being a magician.
He is so much of a magician, that if you two would meet on a cashtable somewhere he would make your money disappear...