Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari (born Amir Esfandiari, December 8, 1978 in Tehran, Iran) is a professional poker player, known for his elaborate chip tricks. In 2004, he won close to $1.4 million and his first World Poker Tour title at the L.A. Poker Classic.

About Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari (born Amir Esfandiari, December 8, 1978 in Tehran, Iran) is a professional poker player, known for his elaborate chip tricks. When he was 9 years old his family moved to San Jose, California. He graduated from Del Mar High School in 1997. At the age of 19, he changed his name to Antonio, which was adopted from living in a Mexican American community in San Jose, and became a professional magician. While he was performing magic, he was invited to a game of Texas Hold 'em and started to play poker. He has a younger brother, Pasha, who also plays poker. In 2004, he won close to $1.4 million and his first World Poker Tour title at the L.A. Poker Classic. He won his first World Series of Poker bracelet a few months later in pot-limit Texas Hold 'em. Esfandiari appeared in the second and third seasons of the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament. After finishing last the previous year, Antonio was able to redeem himself with a second place finish the third season.

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