Antonio Esfandiari won over $18 million in poker, the most ever won in a poker game ever, but a lawyer who recently won is also on the road towards poker success. Vanessa Selbst was at Yale Law School when she was playing poker and, having graduated in January, is back on the poker circuit hoping for the sort of success Esfandiari has achieved.
She placed fourth on May 28 in the World Series of Poker’s second event, winning $161,345 in a $1,500 buy-in no-limit hold’em competition.
Meanwhile, Esfandiari’s win on Tuesday in a battle against Sam Trickett has rekindled interest in the game.
As Associated Press report:
“On the 85th and final hand in the three-day event, Esfandiari held on to win with three fives he acquired before the turn and overcame Trickett’s flush draw.
“Trickett, who had gone all in, nor Esfandiari were able to improve their hands during the turn and the river. Esfandiari finished with 143,975,000 chips.
“It’s unbelievable,” Esfandiari said. “It’s euphoric. I’m so happy right now, and I don’t even think it has set in.”
“Esfandiari and Trickett were the high stack twosome after Day 2 and remained ahead of their six opponents during the early stages of this three-day event at the Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino.”
The win is a head-turner for poker players and non-players alike with more than just lawyers looking to generate income from the game.