Late yesterday evening, Insta Poker pro Antonio Esfandiari took down the largest sports prize in history and the first ever platinum WSOP bracelet by winning the “Big One for One Drop” $1 million buy-in charity event at the 2012 World Series of Poker and its $18 million first-place prize.
Esfandiari entered the final table as the chip leader up against some of the biggest names in poker and richest businessmen the world, but the main storyline was a duel between just two of those players. Trading the chip lead back and forth all day long, Esfandiari and Englishman Sam Trickett watched as their competition hit the rail one by one until they were the only two left standing. Esfandiari went into that heads-up match with a 3 to 1 chip advantage and closed the deal in only 16 hands of play. Putting an end to what had started to seem inevitable, “The Magician” made his opponents disappear and replaced them with $18 million.
To learn more about this incredible final table and Esfandiari’s record-making victory, check out PokerNews’ wrap-up piece here.
Here are the full final table payouts:
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
Download Insta Poker now and play Antonio’s Hand-Pack, “The Magician’s Secrets for Winning Poker Tournaments,” to learn the strategy behind the play that won him the largest buy-in live poker tournament in history.