Antonio Esfandiari is a big name in the poker world and best known for winning three WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles. Known for his lavish partying life, Antonio turned heads when he won his first World Poker Title by winning close to $1.4 million at the L.A. Poker Classic in 2004. Read on to know about Antonio Esfandiari’s Ranking, Net worth, Movies, and his much-prized poker career.
Nickname - The Magician
Born and Brought up - Amir Esfandiary was born in Tehran, Iran. His family moved to San Jose, California when he was 9 years old. He changed his name to Antonio when he was 19 years old.
Total Winnings - $26,755,167
WSOP Bracelets - 3
WPT Champion Cups - 2
Movies and TV shows - Runner, Runner, Freelancers, Setup, High Stakes Poker, I Bet You, The Grand and Children of Heaven.
United States All Time Money List - 2nd
California, USA All Time Money List - 1st
All Time Money List Current Rank - 3rd
All Time Money List Best Rank - 1st
Global Poker Index Ranking - 259th
Popularity Ranking - 7th
Best Live Cash - $18,346,673
Total Live Earnings - $26,755,167
1978 - Born on December 8, 1978, Antonio Esfandiari is best known for winning three WSOP bracelets and two WPT titles.
1997 - Became a magician and changed his name to Antonio.
1999 - Left college to become a professional magician. He was invited to play Texas Hold’em during one of his performances. He is well-known for occasionally performing his magic tricks at the poker tables.
2002 - Made his first WPT final table in 2002 after finishing third at the Third Annual 49 Gold Rush Bonanza $3,000 Main Event for $44,000.
2003 - Won $34,060 at the World Series of Poker, finished 5th place.
2004 - Won his first World Poker Title by winning close to $1.4 million at the L.A. Poker Classic.
2005 - Won $63,020 at the World Series of Poker. Finished third place at the National Heads-Up Poker Championship in Las Vegas winning cash of $125,000.
2006 - Won $120,000 and finished in second place when played the exclusive Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament Season 3 Grand Final.
2007 - Appeared in the movie ‘The Grand’.
2008 - Final tabled the EPT Grand Final Main Event in Monte Carlo by winning €168,000 for the eighth place finish.
2010 - He scored the second place at the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,000 Championship by winning $870,000.
2012 - Made history in Poker by winning the biggest cash prize of more than $18 million at The Big One for One Drop event at the 2012 WSOP. Appeared in the movie ‘Freelancers’ and ‘The Baytown Outlaws’. Released an app called The Magician's Secrets for Winning Tournaments on Insta Poker mobile poker application.
2013 - Won $1,433,438 and placed fourth in the One Drop High Roller tournament in the World Series of Poker. Appeared in the movie ‘Runner Runner’.
2014 - Ranked 14 on the Global Poker Index. Appeared in the movie ‘Cat Run 2’ and began shooting a web reality series with Ultimate Poker: Strip Magic.
2015/2016 - Won $226,785 at the WSOP Circuit- The Bicycle Casino (Los Angeles).