Antonio Esfandiari Wins $18M Project OneDrop Event

I love you, money.

Antonio Esfandiari just scored the biggest prize in poker history.

Now dirty little secret time for our mainstream readers: if he (or any pro outside of Phil Ivey) owned all 100% of himself, the score would be even sweeter. None of these guys completely owned themselves.

Regardless, the Magician controlled final table action, defeating Sam Trickett heads-up to bank $18,346,673. Trickett takes home $10,112,001.

The win makes Esfandiari poker’s all-time tournament money winner (obviously), putting him over the $22M mark. Tricket now has over $16M in career earnings.

Phil Hellmuth grinded out a fourth place finish for $2,645,333.

The two rich guys who were going to donate all prize money to charity–David Einhorn and Guy Laliberté–finished third ($4,352,000) and fifth ($1,834,666) respectively.

Get full final table results here.


One Response

  1. Chris

    July 4, 2012 1:29 am, Reply

    Chops, a question:

    Let’s say I gave $500K to Esfandiari, and he put up the other $500K. He won $18.3M.

    Now, he’s going to pay taxes on that immediately, right (i.e., he doesn’t go to the cash cage and get $18.3M immediately…he gets taxes taken out right away)?

    Assuming that’s the case, how much money do I get? Do I get 50% of his winnings, minus 50% of the taxes? How does that normally get worked out?

    And, of course, I’m sure he’s got more than just 1 backer…so how do these guys figure that out (or is that what his personal finance manager does)?

    You know, because I’m sure that’s how Chino Rheem rolls…

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