Antonio Esfandiari is a richer man than he was when he woke up this morning...a lot richer.
Esfrandiari outlasted Sam Trickett to take the bracelet in the WSOP Big One for One Drop, and with the bracelet he will receive just over $18.3 million.
This is a the largest payout in the history of the WSOP. The previous record was the $12 million won by Jamie Gold in the 2006 World Series. It featured a $1 million buy-in, and it wasn't all about glory for the players. The great thing about this event is that it was set up to benefit the charity One Drop—$5,533,328 will be going to the charity from this event.
When it all started, 48 players had ponied up the $1 million buy-in, and 39 of them walked away with nothing to show for it—except the knowledge that some of that money would be making its way to a charity.
The field was a mix of professionals and various businessman, and the final was a representation of that mix.
With the field narrowed down to eight, Esfandiari entered the final day of play at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino with the chip lead, and he did not look back.
Esfandiari is a professional poker player, and now, thanks mostly to this win, he is the all-time leader in tournament earnings. This was his second bracelet.
Nine players got payouts from this event. Here is the complete list according to the official WSOP website.
|1. Antonio Esfandiari||$18,346,673||United States|
|2. Sam Trickett||$10,112,001||United Kingdom|
|3. David Einhorn||$4,352,000||United States|
|4. Phil Hellmuth||$2,645,333||United States|
|5. Guy Laliberté||$1,834,666||Canada|
|6. Brian Rast||$1,621,333||United States|
|7. Bobby Baldwin||$1,408,000||United States|
|8. Richard Young||$1,237,333||Malaysia|
|9. Mike Sexton||$1,109,333||United States|