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2012 WSOP Event #55: $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop

WSOP, 2012-07-04, by Ozone

Antonio Esfandiari can now rightfully claim to have won the largest individual prize in the history of sports. "The Magician" came out on top of the 48-player Big One for One Drop, a special $1,000,000 buy-in WSOP event, to win his second career bracelet.

Esfandiari started the final table with the chip lead and cruised through to accumulate all the chips to capture the $18.3 million first place prize.

Sam Trickett finished second for just over $10 million, the third largest individual prize in poker history. Trickett's good fortunate hit a temporary bump in the road however as he recently posted on Twitter a picture of his very bruised up face. Trickett commented, "Was having a great day until 6 guys did this to me." Further details surrounding Trickett's assault are currently unclear.

David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager, finished 3rd in the event. He will donate all of his $4.3 million in winnings to charity.

Phil Hellmuth recorded the largest cash of his career with a fourth place finish for $2.6 million.

Here are the remainder of the final table finishers from this historic WSOP event:

5th: Guy Laliberté - $1.8 million
6th: Brian Rast - $1.6 million
7th: Bobby Baldwin - $1.4 million
8th: Richard Yong - $1.2 million
9th: Mike Sexton - $1.1 million

Only a few days remain before the 2012 WSOP Main Event begins at Rio in Las Vegas. Day 1A takes place this Saturday, July 7th.

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