Esfandiari takes on players at Four Winds Casino

Antonio Esfandiari
See "The Magician" in action Sunday at the Four Winds Casino Resort.

The Four Winds Casino Resort in Michigan is giving poker players the chance to play against a top pro player, without having to shell out the buy-in for a major poker tournament.

Antonio Esfandiari will be playing in a tournament hosted by the casino Sunday. The tournament has a $300 buy-in and starts at 3 p.m. (all times EST).

"We're thrilled that Antonio Esfandiari will bring his world-class poker skill to the Four Winds Casino Resort," said Matt Harkness, Four Winds general manager. "It's a great opportunity for our players to compete against a world-class talent and with a chance to win $27,500 in prize money."

Esfandiari, nicknamed The Magician on the poker circuit, has more than $2 million in tournament winnings so far. That's made up of several World Series of Poker cashes, including a bracelet win in 2004. He also has a handful of World Poker Tour cashes, among them a 2004 win.

He's taken his game worldwide as well with appearances at the William Hill Poker Grand Prix in the United Kingdom and Down Under at the Crown Australian Poker Championships.

Now visitors to the Four Winds Casino Resort will get to see that talent in action. Registration is already open for the Sunday tournament at the World Poker Tour Poker Room at the casino. Players also have options to satellite into the $300 buy-in event.

On Saturday, the casino will be hosting $35 single-table satellites from 10 a.m. to midnight for players to qualify for the main event on Sunday. They will be available every hour, on the hour.

There will also be a $55 buy-in multi-table satellite on Sunday at 10 a.m. to get players into the main event.

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