The biggest tournament in the history of poker is over and Antonio Esfandiari is the champion! Along with the championship title comes the first platinum World Series of Poker bracelet and the biggest payout in the history of poker - $18,346,673 . With this win, Esfandiari beats Jamie Gold’s $12,000,000 first prize record in the 2006 WSOP Main Event by more than 50 percent.
What is also amazing, is the fact that the champion decided to play 2012 World Series of Poker $1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop event in last minute: “I wasn’t planning on playing in this tournament, but I got really close to a bracelet and I tasted victory and I was like, ‘You know what? Maybe this happened for a reason. Maybe I’m supposed to play the One Drop.’ And so here I am, taking a pretty big risk, but I think there’s a big reward waiting for me at the end.”
Guy Laliberte, the creator BIG ONE for ONE DROP and owner of Cirque du Soleil, finished in the fifth place, earning $1,800,000, however what is more important to him - the event raised $5,300,000 for his foundation ONE DROP, as $111,111 of each player’s buy-in went to support the organization.
Phil Hellmuth, who won his 12th gold WSOP bracelet this year and extended his lead as the person who won most WSOP events, ended up fourth for $2,600,000.
David Einhorn, a businessman and a philanthropist, took third place and a $4,300,000 prize. However, Einhorn said he is going to donate all of his winnings to education focused non-profit City Year. “Everyone wins,” he commented.
In the final hand of the tournament Esfandiari bet raised pre-flop and Sam Trickett made the call. The flop was , Trickett checked, Esfandiari made a bet and Trickett check-raised. Esfandiari decided to 3-bet on the flop and after he made the raise, Trickett went into a tank mode and finally decided to put in another re-raise, making himself pot committed. Esfandiari didn't wait long before announcing all-in and Trickett snap called with just to find himself up against Esfandiari’s trips (). The turn was the and as falls on the river it was all over.
With the victory Esfandiari rushes into first place on the all-time tournament winner list with $23.2 million, overtaking Erik Seidel, who is now second with $16.9 million.
Final table results:
1. Antonio Esfandiari - $18,346,673
2. Sam Trickett - $10,112,001
3. David Einhorn - $4,352,000
4. Phil Hellmuth - $2,645,333
5. Guy Laliberté - $1,834,666
6. Brian Rast - $1,621,333
7. Bobby Balwin - $1,408,000
8. Richard Yong - $1,237,333