Then again event main event winners can’t claim to have won the Big One for One Drop and now a third WSOP bracelet, as Esfandiari does this week.
Esfandiari is hardly a new face to the magazine covers of the poker world. Being personable, good on TV and talented, Esfandiari was among the TV generation of players, helped in no small way by a first WPT title eight years ago and a second in 2010.
Then the biggest win in poker history came along this summer, the Big One for One Drop, with its $1million buy-in shining the spotlight on Esfandiari once more. For his part he didn’t look as though the money meant anything to him, although it made his once poker-sceptic father, seated a few feet away, beam with pride.
Now, as he enjoys yet more glory in the Riviera sunshine it seems there’s nothing he cannot do. The only poker achievement he lacks is an EPT title for the Triple Crown. There’ll be one of those up for grabs down the road in Sanremo later this week.