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Antonio Esfandiari

Today Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari is an up and coming name on the professional poker circuit, and is known for his skill and success at Texas Hold ‘Em. Antonio Esfandiari was born Amir Esfandiari in Tehran, Iran in 1978. At the age of 9, the family moved from his birthplace in Iran to San Jose, California, and there he was raised by his father and grandparents as his mother returned to Iran. In response to childhood teasing and bullying, Amir changed his name to Anthony, and later, for professional reasons, to Antonio. Antonio was an excellent student until a falling out with his father in his late teens, after which time he lived on his own and supported himself as he finished school.

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Antonio Esfandiari
Player Information
Name: Antonio Esfandiari AKA "The Magician"
Location: Las Vegas, NV, United States
Yearly Statistics: Click Here

Cashes:59
Total Winnings: $25,527,423 (Includes all tournament winnings)
First Place Finishes: 6
WSOP Bracelets: 3
ProRank 1 Position: 88  [ DETAILS ]
Started Playing Poker: At age 20
Favorite Poker Game: Texas Hold ‘Em

Antonio Esfandiari Poker Results

EVENT PLACE PRIZE DATE
World Series of Poker Asia Pacific
Event #1 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
45th $2,692 Oct 2, 2014
45th World Series of Poker 2014
Event #62 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em The Little One For One Drop
270th $2,630 Jul 2, 2014
PokerStars Canada Cup
Main Event - No Limit Hold'em PokerStars Canada Cup
10th $24,791 May 22, 2014
Pokerstars.com Aussie Millions / APPT 8
Event #8 - APPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
42nd $21,033 Feb 2, 2014
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure EPT - Season 10
Event #6 - EPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
140th $18,200 Jan 7, 2014
Pokerstars Caribbean Adventure EPT - Season 10
Event #1 - EPT No Limit Hold'em Super High Roller
4th $575,920 Jan 5, 2014
PartyPoker WPT Montreal / Season 12
Event #9 - WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
80th $6,691 Nov 28, 2013
44th World Series of Poker 2013
Event #47 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em One Drop High Rollers
4th $1,433,438 Jun 26, 2013
44th World Series of Poker 2013
Event #34 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Turbo
139th $2,111 Jun 19, 2013
44th World Series of Poker 2013
Event #21 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em 6 Handed
51st $7,071 Jun 11, 2013
44th World Series of Poker 2013
Event #9 - WSOP Shootout - No Limit Hold'em
48th $7,384 Jun 3, 2013
44th World Series of Poker 2013
Event #2 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em 8 Handed
42nd $9,743 May 29, 2013
World Series of Poker Asia Pacific 2013 (WSOP APAC)
WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em APAC
9th $68,785 Apr 11, 2013
Bay 101 Shooting Star / WPT Event Season 11
WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
9th $64,450 Mar 4, 2013
NBC Heads Up Championship
Heads Up - No Limit Hold'em
9th $25,000 Jan 24, 2013
Five Star World Championship WPT Event - Season 11
Event #13 - WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship
4th $329,339 Dec 4, 2012
World Series of Poker Europe 2012 (WSOPE)
Event #2 - WSOPE No Limit Hold'em
1st $181,046 Sep 22, 2012
43rd World Series of Poker 2012
Event #61 - WSOP Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
501st $24,808 Jul 7, 2012
43rd World Series of Poker 2012
Event #55 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em The Big One for One Drop
1st $18,346,673 Jul 1, 2012
43rd World Series of Poker 2012
Event #36 - WSOP Shootout - No Limit Hold'em
3rd $151,613 Jun 19, 2012
43rd World Series of Poker 2012
Event #17 - WSOP Pot Limit Hold'em
12th $34,139 Jun 8, 2012
43rd World Series of Poker 2012
Event #12 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
16th $20,674 Jun 5, 2012
43rd World Series of Poker 2012
Event #9 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Re Entry - Day 1A
329th $2,895 Jun 2, 2012
43rd World Series of Poker 2012
Event #5 - WSOP Pot Limit Hold'em
44th $4,011 May 30, 2012
Five Star World Championship / WPT Event Season 10
WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship
6th $119,418 Dec 6, 2011
42nd World Series of Poker 2011
WSOP No Limit Hold'em
7th $58,288 Jun 26, 2011
Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic/ WPT Season 9
WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship
1st $870,124 Dec 3, 2010
41st World Series of Poker 2010
Event #47 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
73rd $4,504 Jun 26, 2010
41st World Series of Poker 2010
Event #35 - WSOP Heads Up - No Limit Hold'em Championship
30th $17,987 Jun 18, 2010
41st World Series of Poker 2010
Event #17 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
12th $49,024 Jun 8, 2010
41st World Series of Poker 2010
Event #5 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
211th $2,880 May 31, 2010
Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic / WPT -Season 8
WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship
23rd $28,569 Dec 14, 2009
40th World Series of Poker 2009
Event #57 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Championship
24th $352,832 Nov 7, 2009
40th World Series of Poker 2009
Event #52 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em Triple Chance
24th $14,967 Jun 28, 2009
Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic / WPT Event Season 7
WPT No Limit Hold'em Championship Doyle Brunson Classic
59th $23,420 Dec 19, 2008
39th World Series of Poker 2008
Event #25 - WSOP Heads Up - No Limit Hold'em World Championship
53rd $14,438 Jun 13, 2008
Coast to Coast Poker Championships
Event #3 - No Limit Hold'em
19th $1,484 May 7, 2008
Grand Final PokerStars EPT/Season 4
EPT No Limit Hold'em
8th $220,184 Apr 17, 2008
IP Poker Classic
Event #4 - No Limit Hold'em
1st $26,488 Nov 3, 2007
38th Annual World Series of Poker
Event #35 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
62nd $9,708 Jun 21, 2007
38th Annual World Series of Poker
Event #8 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
39th $11,905 Jun 5, 2007
L.A Poker Classic / WPT Event Season 5
Event #17 - Shootout - No Limit Hold'em
13th $2,425 Feb 10, 2007
2006 Crown Australian Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em Championship
11th $52,750 Jan 19, 2006
Bellagio Five Diamond World Poker Classic / WPT Event Season 4
Event #7 - No Limit Hold'em
26th $3,305 Dec 5, 2005
36th Annual World Series of Poker
Event #13 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
43rd $6,570 Jun 14, 2005
36th Annual World Series of Poker
Event #6 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
5th $63,020 Jun 7, 2005
Harrahs New Orleans Poker Challenge - WSOP Circuit Event
Event #8 - WSOP Circuit Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
3rd $221,445 May 28, 2005
Five-Star World Poker Classic - WPT Championship Season 3
No Limit Hold'em
3rd $122,035 Apr 14, 2005
Shooting Star Tournament - WPT Season 3
WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
14th $40,000 Mar 11, 2005
2005 National Heads-Up Poker Championship
No Limit Hold'em
3rd $125,000 Mar 5, 2005
LA Poker Classic / WPT Event Season 3
No Limit Hold'em
4th $12,746 Feb 6, 2005
Aruba Poker Classic / WPT Event Season 3
WPT No Limit Hold'em
34th $9,000 Oct 1, 2004
35th Annual World Series of Poker
Event #21 - WSOP Pot Limit Hold'em
1st $184,860 May 10, 2004
WPT Invitational $200,000 Freeroll
WPT - No Limit Hold'em
6th $8,000 Feb 25, 2004
LA Poker Classic - WPT Season 2
Event #23 - WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
1st $1,399,135 Feb 24, 2004
34th Annual World Series of Poker
Event #5 - WSOP No Limit Hold'em
5th $34,060 Apr 19, 2003
Holiday Bonus Tournament
Event #9 - No Limit Hold'em
3rd $5,995 Nov 30, 2002
$500,000 Guaranteed Gold Rush WPT Season 1
WPT Main Event - No Limit Hold'em
3rd $44,000 Nov 11, 2002
LA Poker Classic
Event #11 - No Limit Hold'em
14th $1,720 Feb 11, 2002



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Antonio Esfandiari



Today Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari is an up and coming name on the professional poker circuit, and is known for his skill and success at Texas Hold ‘Em. Antonio Esfandiari was born Amir Esfandiari in Tehran, Iran in 1978. At the age of 9, the family moved from his birthplace in Iran to San Jose, California, and there he was raised by his father and grandparents as his mother returned to Iran. In response to childhood teasing and bullying, Amir changed his name to Anthony, and later, for professional reasons, to Antonio. Antonio was an excellent student until a falling out with his father in his late teens, after which time he lived on his own and supported himself as he finished school.

As a teen, while working as a waiter, Antonio saw a bartender perform a magic trick and developed a keen interest. He went to the local magic shop, bought supplies, and started teaching himself magic. He spent two years practicing magic twelve hours a day, and by twenty he was working as a professional magician. Over time he developed a private clientele through the restaurant he worked for, and was considered a skilled magician.

At 20, Antonio Esfandiari had played a little poker, specifically $2/4 and $3/6 Hold ‘Em, but had not played in a tournament until he accompanied a roommate to a poker tournament at the Garden City Club in San Jose. He won that tournament, and spent some time thereafter researching and reading to improve his playing strategies and skills. By 22, the economy, and hence Esfandiari’s magic business, was declining, and poker was proving more and more financially beneficial for Antonio. At this point, Esfandiari quit magic and his day job waiting tables to play poker professionally.

Antonio is the youngest professional poker player to ever win a World Poker Tour Championship, which he won in 2004. He also took home 1.4 million dollars from the L.A. Poker Classic. He has also won a bracelet in the 2004 World Series of Poker No Limit Hold ‘Em $2000 Tournament. In 2005, he placed 6th at the World Poker Tour Invitational and went on to the World Series of Poker Tournament, placing 5th at the World Series of Poker 2005 $2500 shorthanded No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em event, winning $63,000.

Antonio Esfandiari’s new book, “World Poker Tour: In the Money” provides the everyday poker player with insights and strategies for playing non tournament poker. Cash games, a non tournament version of Texas Hold ‘Em, is popular in many casinos, as a home game and more. With Esfandiari's book, released in March of 2006, any player can improve his or her game.

Today, Antonio is expanding his poker empire. He has signed a deal with an online casino, written a book, worked on a video game and is even doing product endorsements. Antonio moved to Vegas after winning his bracelet in the World Series of Poker, buying himself a home in the gambling capital. Antonio is known not only for his skill in playing poker, but for his showmanship, based in his magician’s skills, with manipulating cards and chips for the camera.

Antonio is a good player because of his skill and his bravado. He is not afraid to lose, and plays freely with his money. Known for partying, this young player isn’t afraid to have fun with his game or his earnings. He thinks of money in three ways. There’s poker money, simply a tool of the trade. There’s fun money that can be spent lavishly on friends, parties and luxuries. Then there’s justice money that should always be conserved and spent well. Antonio Esfandiari is nearly always surrounded by his “rocks and rings”, the friends from California that party and travel with him. They’re found in the best clubs, at the good tables, speaking their own language and enjoying being young, rich, and heading toward fame.

While Esfandiari is enjoying living the party life right now, he expresses a desire for a wife and family, and would like to some day own a restaurant. He once considered going to culinary school. While some of his winnings have gone to supporting his partying lifestyle, he’s also shared the wealth with family, buying his father a new home.

This handsome and debonair player is more than just a pretty face and sleight of hand at that table. His skills at the poker table are rapidly becoming legendary and his lifestyle reminds us to enjoy each day to the fullest as he gambles with friends for who will get stuck with the bar tab. He plays an excellent game of poker and is one of the most feared and respected players on the professional poker circuit. All the signs point to a long and prosperous career for this young and hip poker pro who has nowhere to go but up as he moves fearlessly through life.







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