Continuing 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.