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As of 2012, the WSOP consists of 61 events, with most major poker variants featured, though in recent years over half of the events have been variants of Texas hold ’em. Events traditionally take place during one day or over several consecutive days during the series in June and July. However, starting in 2008, the Main Event final table was delayed until November. Due to the 2012 U.S. presidential election, the 2012 WSOP final table will be delayed until October 28.
THE RICHEST DAY IN POKER HISTORY: SIMPLY MAGICAL: “the MAGICIAN” ANTONIO ESFANDIARI WINS WSOP EVENT #55 -BIG ONE FOR ONE DROP and
CLAIMS A RECORD $18,346,673 PRIZE IN POKER’S MOST MAJESTIC MOMENT
Winning a WSOP gold bracelet is always a special moment. It’s often cited as the highlight of any poker career. It’s usually the greatest achievement many will make in their lives.Winning the one-of-a kind tournament which was completed on a Tuesday night at the Rio in Las Vegas, in front of a packed gallery of spectators, and a worldwide television viewing audience on ESPN as well as the live stream at WSOP.com, was not just the crowning jewel of an eclectic ten-year poker career that began in the San Francisco Bay area. It was the culmination of mind over matter, and willpower over distraction.First, let’s talk about how spectacular this moment was in terms of pure human drama. Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari — yes, former magician — won the richest prize in poker history. He collected a bank-account busting $18,346,673.
Esfandiari used to be a professional magician. In fact, he once performed magic tricks and wowed audiences of all ages. But his greatest performance might have been on this night, as Esfandiari reached deep into his bag of card tricks in what was innocently labeled on the official WSOP schedule as “Event #55.” It wasn’t so amazing that Esfandiari won. What was amazing was the drama surrounding his second career gold bracelet victory. To call it “magical” would be a gross understatement (Note: This special bracelet is actually made of platinum, but it counts among WSOP gold bracelet achievements). Esfandiari topped a field of 48 millionaires — 28 of them fellow poker players — including the game’s premier talent. He also conquered an unprecedented collection of financial minds, including billionaires and gadzillionaires accustomed to eating their adversaries for breakfast. Anybody who thought there was dead money in this field or that the competition was soft, is an idiot. Billionaires do not get to be billionaires for nothing. Consider that nine of the first 11 players to bust out were professional poker players.
This final table had just about everything any poker fan would want in a lineup of this monetary and historic proportion. Four highly-respected poker pros, including the WSOP’s all-time leader in just about every statistical category, facing four powerhouse minds from the world of business and entertainment.
But this poker tournament morphed from a metaphorical battle between megaminds in poker and high finance into a magic act. One by one, “the Magician” made his opponents disappear in the following order:
EVENT #55: $1MM The Big One for One Drop FINAL RESULTS:
1.Antonio Esfandiari $18,346,673
2.Sam Trickett $10,112,001
3.David Einhorn $4,352,000
4.Phil Hellmuth $2,645,333
5.Guy Laliberté $1,834,666
6.Brian Rast $1,621,333
7.Bobby Baldwin $1,408,000
8.Richard Yong $1,237,333
9.Mike Sexton $1,109,333