$1M One Drop: Esfandiari Wins The Big One For $18,346,673
Antonio Esfandiari The One Drop Champion!
Just like that, we have our first ever One Drop winner. Antonio Esfandiari shelled out $1,000,000 for the biggest ever poker tournament buy-in. In a three-day marathon full of high emotions, television cameras, and plenty of media press, Esfandiari kept his cool to beat out 48 other players.
On Day 1, eleven players were eliminated. Esfandiari’s good friend, Brian Rast, held the chip lead at the end of the day, and Phil Hellmuth was in a close second. Both Hellmuth and Rast kept up their momentum to make it to the final table.
The tournament schedule was set to be very rigorous on Day 2, as the tournament had to play down to the final eight players for the ESPN cameras. Late in the day, players had trouble holding on and overcoming the big stacks and structure jumps.
Tom Marchese, Brandon Steven, and Philipp Gruissem finished just short of the final table. The most defeating finish of the day went to Ilya Bulychev who was eliminated in 10th place becoming one of the biggest bubble boys in poker history.
Mike Sexton finished Day 2 off when he was eliminated in 9th place for $1,109,333. His bust out created the final table that included Bobby Baldwin, Richard Yong, David Einhorn, Phil Hellmuth, Brian Rast, Guy Laliberté, Sam Trickett, and Antonio Esfandiari.
The final table was well matched with four pros and four businessmen. It was a gamble on who would come out on top, but Antonio Esfandiari and Sam Trickett held the chip lead going into the final table.
In the end, Trickett and Esfandiari made it head to head for all the money, glorey, and bragging rights. Esfandiari was crushing the final table, so when play got to heads-up, Trickett was at a 3-1 disadvantage in chips.
It only took 16 hands before it was all over. Esfandiari played cautiously against Trickett and didn’t give him a chance to double up right away. The two ended up getting it all in when Esfandiari flopped trip fives, and Trickett was willing to call off with a naked flush draw. The flush draw didn’t get there, so Trickett became the $10 million dollar runner up.
Trickett can’t feel too sad, as his hefty $10,112,001 runner-up finish is the third highest cash any player has ever won at a single poker event. Jamie Gold’s $12 million for his 2006 Main Event win comes in second, and Esfandiari just booked the highest single cash of all time.Esfandiari Steals All The Magic
Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari just made poker history by taking home the first ever Big One title. This charity event boasts the highest ever buy-in and first place prize. Esfandiari received a custom made bracelet and $18,346,673 for his efforts.
Congratulations to Antionio Esfandiari for such an amazing accomplishment!
Here is how the final table payouts look:
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 Balwin $1,408,000
8 Richard Yong $1,237,333
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