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Esfandiari Wins The Big One

The Big One for One Drop is finally over. It took Antonio Esfandiari three days and an investment of $1 million to win the top prize of $18.3 million. Sam Trickett in the second place was richer by just over $10 million. The total prize pool exceeded $42 million.

The story of the Big One for One Drop is not that Esfandiari won, but that he almost did not play. He was scheduled to do commentary on this event for ESPN and therefore was not intending to participate. In one of the smaller WSOP events Esfandiari reached the last three holding 80% of the chips. But by a quirk of fate he was knocked out in third place. Esfandiari said, “I was like ‘Argh’, so I decided to play it [Big One for One Drop] at the last minute.” Sometimes history is so close to not being made.

It is customary for winners to thank those whose support they have received. Esfandiari gave one of the finest tributes ever to a parent. Referring to his father Esfandiari said, “He’s been my biggest supporter. I love him to death; he’s the greatest man on the planet. He gave up a lot to move us to this country, everything basically.” Esfandiari dedicated this win to his father and said that he would give the platinum bracelet to his dad. “I’m going to wear this tonight but after tonight it’s my Dad’s bracelet.”

The Main Event has got underway and the question being asked is will it be overshadowed by the Big One for One Drop. Only time will provide the answer. The news on Day 1A was that Phil Hellmuth, after winning his 12th bracelet and finishing fourth on the Big One, was eliminated. Though Hellmuth did not make a grand fancy dress entrance this time, there was someone else who did. One of the sexiest poker babes Tatjana Pasalic (in picture) showed up in a backless leopard costume, complete with ears and tail. The buzz was that she had lost a prop bet with her boyfriend, but no one knew what the bet was all about. This was the only indication on Day 1A that the Main Event would live up to its name.

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