Esfandiari: "Tilted that $18.3m Won't Be Biggest Prize Ever"

Antonio Esfandiari

In 2012 Antonio Esfandiari won the first $1 million buy-in poker tournament and now that the event has announced it'll be back bigger than before, the Magician joked he's upset that his record will be broken.

Esfandiari made history when he won $18.3 million in Las Vegas, defeating Brit Sam Trickett to take the lead on poker's all-time money list.

48 players competed in the Big One for One Drop's inaugural tournament and in 2014 the cap will be raised to accommodate 56 high rollers.

If the event hits that cap as expected it will set the record for the biggest poker prize ever at more than $20 million.

Just Like Everything, It Has to Grow

“It's pretty exciting to have it back again,” Esfandiari told over a year after the victory. “I like it because there's a huge charity aspect to it but deep down there's a little part of me that wishes it would just never come back again. That would be fantastic because I could just hold the title forever.

“I'm tilted that the $18.3 million won't be the biggest prize ever but just like everything else it has to grow.”

The poker community is already on the lookout for potential additions to the 2013 One Drop roster but it's safe to say Esfandiari will be among those throwing down seven figures for a seat and a stack of chips.

Check out our full interview with Antonio Esfandiari from the 2013 WSOP Europe Main Event in Paris.

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