Amir Esfandiary, popularly known by his stage name Antonio Esfandiari was born on 8th December in the year 1978. He was known for his magic tricks right from his early childhood, a talent he eventually went on to make a career in. Moreover, he possesses a talent in poker, which he also plays professionally. In fact, his poker career is quite embellished with various awards and honors, like the World Poker Tour (WPT) championship and the World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet. Let’s find out how much is Antonio Esfandiari’s net worth in 2018.
Antonio Esfandiari’s Early Life
Antonio Esfandiari was born in Iran in a district known as Tehran where he spent 9 years of his early life before relocating to San Jose, California with his family. Antonio is an alumnus of Del Mar High School from where he completed his schooling in 1997. By the time he turned 19, he was captivated with the mystical art of magic tricks and even adopted the name of Antonio because he thought his original name, Amir was not whimsical enough. He started practicing magic tricks and soon started being recognized as a professional magician. As he started performing magic in public gatherings and gained fame, he also received an invitation to the very famous game of Texas Hold’em. This was the beginning of Antonio’s career as a poker player in addition to being a magician.
Antonio Esfandiari’s Career, Awards & Achievement
Antonio started his career as professional magician and poker player. He performed in a famous TV Show “I Bet You”, on MOJO HD, in which he co-starred with Phil Laak. His appearance was also seen in the opening of the 7th season of Entourage. Antonio Esfandiari acted in the movie Freelancers as undercover officers.
Antonio started shooting a web reality series in January 2014. He also featuredhis magic performancein street magic on the Las Vegas strips. There was a program called the “Underground Poker” which was shown on the Discovery Channel. This program featured Antonio working with fellow poker mate, Phil Laak.
Antonio Esfandiari has signed as brand ambassador of a licensed online poker site “Ultimate Poker”
Till 2017, his total live tournament achievements and winning are more than $27,600,000.
Awards and achievements
In the L.A. Poker Classic, Antonio Esfandiari was awarded an amount of approximately $ 1.4 million at his World Poker Tour in 2004.
After a period of few months, he won World Series of Poker bracelet for the pot limit Texas Hold’em. Antonio Esfandiari appeared in Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament in the second and third seasons.
Antonio won $266,004 at 2008 PokerStars.com EPT Grand Final which took place in Monte Carlo on April 17, 2008. The second time he won the World Poker Tour title was in 2010. This was when he was awarded the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World. It got him a prize money of over $870,000.
On July 3, 2012, our magician managed to win the Big One for One Drop, with prize money of $1,000,000.
He earned $18,346,673 after defeating 47 players, which made him the highest cash price winner in the history of poker games.He was at a fourth place in the One Drop High Roller tournament in 2013.
Net worth of Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari has a net worth of $25 million. Talking about the Global Poker Index, Antonio was ranked #14. Antonio Esfandiari was number one for all-time poker tournaments. Later on, this title was taken over by Daniel Negreanu by finishing 2nd in the phenomenal “Big One For One Drop 2014”
Antonio Esfandiari was an enthusiastic magician and a renowned poker player. He changed his name to be sounded different from his previous name “Amir Esfandiary” as a professional magician. He has been the face of the World Poker Tour’s Poker-Made Millionaire. He has won several titles in the different tournaments. Appeared on TV Shows and co-starred in movies. He has been the brand ambassador of the poker website “Ultimate Poker”. He earns huge cash prize money in a number of poker game tournaments. In his programme “Underground Poker”, which was aired on Discovery Channel, we saw him paired with a fellow poker mate, Phil Laak.