Back when we first launched Wicked Chops Poker in 2005 (fuck), we discussed a phenomom occuring in the game that we dubbed “The Magician Invasion”TM.
The premise was that with Antonio Esfandiari, a magician, capturing a bracelet at the 2005 WSOP, and Scott Lazar, a magician, final tabling the Main Event…well you do the math math math.
Well, the Magician Invasion never actually happened.
Until this year.
Antonio Esfandiari…dare we say…turned up the heat during the summer. He cashed six times at the 2012 WSOP, including a third place finish in Event #36 (for over $151,000) and that smallish charity event he won for $18M.
Apparently, Esfandiari’s run good has continued into the Fall. The Magician dominated WSOPE Event #2 (€1,100 with Re-Entry), outlasting 626 players and capturing his third bracelet (and second of the year). For the win, Esfandiari banks €126,207.
The win also moves Esfandiari past Phil Ivey for Player of the Year honors.
A bunch of Frenchies final tabled the event as well, but sacreblue, could not pull out the victory.
Get full results here.