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Antonio Esfandiari Wins $1,000,000 Buy-In ‘Big One for One Drop’

The “Magician” Awarded $18,346,673 The Largest First-Place Prize In Poker History

by Erik Fast |  Published: Jul 25, 2012


One million dollars is roughly twenty-four times the average annual salary in America. At the 2012 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, 48 people put-up exactly that unbelievable seven-figure sum in order to play the largest buy-in poker tournament in history, the “Big One for One Drop.” The event sold-out, ensuring that the first place prize of $18,346,673 would be the largest first-place prize ever awarded in any sporting event outside of boxing, and that the eventual champion would instantly become the all-time money leader in tournament poker. In addition to absolutely shattering a number of poker’s historic records, this event also raised more than $5.3 million dollars for the One Drop Foundation, a non-profit charity whose mission is to fight poverty worldwide by supporting access to safe water. One of the game’s most colorful stars, Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, emerged victorious from the field of world-class professionals and ...

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