Antonio Esfandiari made history when he bagged $17 million in winnings at the World Series of Poker (WSOP) sponsored charity tournament – The Big One for One Drop. When he walked away from the table at the end of the event, he had 18,346,673 (including the 1 million he bought-in with), making him the top winner in poker history. The first time he caught the attention of the poker circuit was when he landed the first place and $1.4 million at an event in the 2004 World Poker Tour (WPT), surpassing that recorded at the 2006 WSOP.
To earn the top spot in the event, Esfandiari had to defeat a table of seven very skilled poker players including Sam Trickett, who had to accept the second spot and took home $10.1 million for his commendable performance at the felt. On the first day of the event, the field had 48 players, but by the time the last day of the event rolled in there were just 8.