The legend

Antonio Esfandiari Antonio moved to the United States, San José in California, with his family at the age of 9. He changed his first name in Antonio at the age of 19 and became a professional magician. He was being introduced in poker while he was performing magic. He’s well-known as a great, funny and complete poker player who made different final tables at WPT and EPT and has excellent results at the big cash games. He became 2nd at the third season of Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament and appeared on each season of GSN’s High Stakes Poker and NBC’s Poker After Dark. As a former magician, he’s famous for his chip and card trick techniques and his classy, fluorescent shirts. He co-starred with his best friend Phil Laak in the Tv show I Bet You and they’ve created the table game ‘What Johnny Lodden Thinks‘ together. Antonio is one of the few players who doesn’t like online poker and rarely plays. According to Phil Hellmuth, Antonio has been his worst nightmare at the poker table for years.

ID & career

> born 08/12/1978, Tehran (IRA)

> resides now in San Francisco, California (USA)

> Nickname : ‘ The Magician ‘

> won 1 Bracelet (’04 Pot Limit Hold’em)

> became 24th at the WSOP Main Event in 2009

> won 1 WPT-title (LA Poker Classic ‘04)

> has Live Tournament Earnings of over $3,500,000 (until 2009)