To hear Ultimate Poker ambassador Antonio Esfandiari tell it, his bustout from the Big One For One Drop was worse than being jilted by a lover. With a deep emotional attachment to the One Drop tournament and charity, Esfandiari is just now coming to terms with his non-result in the massive $1M buy-in mega-ment.
Even though a back-to-back victory in the charity event was always a remote possibility, Esfandiari felt it was such a real possibility that in the wake of his loss he’s feeling the most emotional poker pain he’s ever felt. Never one to sulk publicly though, Antonio is back at the Rio, talking with Bluff Magazine's Thomas Keeling and pulling it together so he can move on.
Additionally, Esfandiari gives his thoughts on the 2014 One Drop champion Daniel Colman and his lack of cooperation with the media in the aftermath of his $15M+ victory. While Colman has the right to do whatever he’d like, that ambassador role that Esfandiari had (and has) is something he quite enjoys and he thinks perhaps Colman owes a little something to those of his peers that battled on the felt with.