Antonion "The Magician" Esfandiari late last night became the biggest winner in poker history after winning the $1 million BIG ONE For ONE DROP at the WSOP. Esfandiari beat Sam Trickett heads-up to claim the $18,346,673 first prize.
Antonio Esfandiari this night became the biggest winner ever to be celebrated in poker history, as he took home the win in the WSOP's $1 million BIG ONE For ONE DROP event in Las Vegas.
Esfandiari entered yesterday's final table as the chip leader, and put on a fine display to navigate through the field of competitors. The rest of the final table was made up from Sam Trickett, Guy Laliberté, Phil Hellmuth
, Brian Rast, David Einhorn, Bobby Baldwin and Richard Yong.
After an exciting final table, followed by millions of viewer from around the world, Esfandiari eventually made it through to heads-up play, facing UK poker phenomenon Sam Trickett.
The two played an intense heads-up final, but eventually Esfandiari pulled through to deal a decisive blow to his opponent.
This happened as both players got their stacks to the middle after seeing
flop. Trickett held
for the flush draw, while Esfandiari had made trip with his
. The turn was the
followed by the
river, giving Esfandiari the best hand and the win.
For the victory, Esfandiari will collect an all-time record first prize of $18,346,673 - a prize that will also instantly catapult "The Magician
" into first place on the All Time Money list ahead of Erik Seidel.
Meanwhile, Sam Trickett picked up $10,122,001 for his runner-up finish, marking his fourth seven-figure score in less than two years.
For more results from the BIG ONE For ONE DROP, see the WSOP website