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Antonio Esfandiari donates $50k to Charity for peeing in Bottle

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

antonio-esfandiariContinuing on a story that we discussed earlier this week, Antonio Esfandiari has announced that he’ll donate $50,000 to charity for his much-maligned tournament incident. And the reason why Esfandiari chose the $50k amount is because this is how much he won through a prop bet with Bill Perkins.

As we covered on Monday, Esfandiari peed in a bottle at the 2016 PCA Main Event because his legs were sore from lunging everywhere. While the 37-year-old admits to initially thinking it was funny, he has apologized repeatedly after catching flack from the poker community.

“The Magician” continued his apology through an exclusive statement with PokerNews, part of which you can read below:

“I am embarrassed of the actions I took to win that bet. On paper I won, but in life I lost. No matter how much one loves a prop bet there is a limit to how far you should go, and in this case I failed.

Getting disqualified from the tournament is not something I contest. I believe PokerStars made the right call. I would do the same in their position. Knowing that I let people down is what hurts. Sometimes we as humans get caught up in the moment. I let this bet get the best of me.

I won the prop bet and $50,000, but I lost my way. It was a grueling two days, both emotionally and physically, but that is no excuse.”

The $50k will be split into two donations, with $25k going to the ONE DROP foundation (provides clean drinking water) and the other $25k going to the REG foundation (try to end world suffering).

In the end, it looks like Esfandiari’s grueling prop bet won’t result in any gain for him personally. However, it’s nice to see that the money will at least be going to charity. And, no matter what some may think of The Magician after this stunt, he has to be commended for making amends.

Antonio Esfandiari pees at Table – Disqualified from PCA Main Event

Monday, January 11th, 2016

antonio-esfandiari-lunge-prop-betAntonio Esfandiari has had a storied poker career that’s seen him rack up $26.5 million in tournament winnings. However, the 2016 PCA Main Event certainly won’t add to his storied career since he was disqualified for peeing at the table.

“The Magician” peed in a bottle under the table, which drew the ire of the tournament staff. PCA officials quickly gave Esfandiari the boot for a “breach of etiquette.”

Afterward, Antonio was totally understanding of their decision when discussing the situation with PokerNews’ Sarah Herring. And he says that the whole matter stems from a “lunge” prop bet that he made with millionaire hedge-fund manager Bill Perkins.

“I was thinking about what I was going to do to win this bet,” Esfandiari said. “When looking back, I realize that I didn’t look at the bigger picture and I definitely made a mistake…and I don’t want to talk specifically about what I did but my actions were totally out of line. and unacceptable.”

Esfandiari would go on to say that he originally thought his actions (peeing in a bottle) would be humorous, but that’s not the way everybody saw it.

As for the bet, The Magician was required to lunge everywhere he went for 48 hours. After so long, his legs became extremely sore and he was looking for ways to cut down on his walking (lunging) time. This is where the idea to urinate in a bottle came from because he didn’t want to walk to the bathroom.

There’s no word on exactly how much money was on the line in Esandiari’s prop bet with Perkins. But it must have been a significant amount for Esfandiari to decide that it was worth peeing in a bottle at a live poker tournament.