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WSOP Big One for One Drop 2012 Results: Winner and Payouts

LAS VEGAS - JULY 30:  Poker player Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari folds as he competes on the third day of the first round of the World Series of Poker no-limit Texas Hold 'em main event at the Rio Hotel & Casino July 30, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. More than 8,600 players have registered to play in the main event. The final nine players will compete for the top prize of more than USD 11.7 million on the final table which begins August 10.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

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. 

Player Winnings Country
 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 

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