PokerCast Episode 237 - Antonio Esfandiari & Matt Savage on Partouche
Live from the Two Plus Two Studios - The feature guest this week on the Two Plus Two PokerCast is poker pro and fan favorite Antonio Esfandiari. "The Magician" returns to the PokerCast to talk about taking down the Big One for One Drop and how it feels to be the winningest poker player in history. He also recaps the whirlwind months that followed which included VIP access to the summer games in London, an island getaway and a spiritual pilgrimage to Burning Man with Phil Laak. Mike and Adam also connect with tournament director Matt Savage to get his take on the Partouche Poker Tour guarantee controversy and how it felt to be caught in the middle. The guys also cover the ongoing World Championship of Online Poker and of course give away the password for the September 16th Poker Stars VIP Club Invitational for PokerCast listeners.
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Antonia Esfandiari, born December 8, 1978 is a professional poker player and former magician from Tehran, Iran. His poker career began concurrently with his professional magic career following an invite to sit in a game of Texas Hold’Em. Poker would soon eclipse magic in his life and he would go on to become a regular in the cash games at the Commerce Casino in LA where he earned nearly $1.4 million in 2004.
Esfandiari is a close friend and rival of Phil Laak, with whom he co-starred in I Bet You – a television show documenting the pair’s antics and prop bets. Antonio is also a familiar face on popular televised poker programs including High Stakes Poker and Poker After Dark.
Antonio holds 3 WSOP bracelets, a WSOPC Ring and 2 WPT titles. Hendon Mob lists his total live tournament earnings in excess of $26.7 Million.
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In addition to being poker’s most sought-after tournament director, Matt Savage is the resident tournament director at the Commerce Casino in LA. With a resume that boasts over 400 televised poker events and a reputation for excellence, Savage’s tournaments are endorsed by professionals and amateurs the world over. He officiated the World Series of Poker from 2002 to 2004 and has recently accepted the position of Executive Tour Director of the World Poker Tour.
Matt co-founded the Tournament Directors Association (TDA) where he worked to standardize tournament rules the world over. His website is SavageTournaments.com. Learn more about Matt Savage