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Last week, Poker Central announced Daniel Negreanu as their first official partner. On Wednesday, they announced their next big signing and it was magical. Antonio Esfandiari is Poker Central’s newest partner and should prove to be a perfect acquisition by the network.

Poker Central CEO Clint Stinchcomb stated, “We are thrilled to add Antonio to the Poker Central team. Antonio is beloved in the poker community, and will be a great asset in launching our 24/7 poker network.”

Popularly known as “The Magician,” Antonio brings a special magic to the poker table that’s matched by few other players. He shared, “I’m excited to help launch Poker Central. Soon 24/7 poker will be available all over the world.”

Another Perfect Fit for Poker Central

Like Negreanu, Antonio Esfandiari is a perfect choice for the upstart poker network. He is one of the most popular personalities in the game and is one of the few that can perform as well behind the camera as at the poker table.

Many will remember Antonio for his appearances on High Stakes Poker and NBC’s Poker After Dark. He was one of a handful of players to appear in each season of both shows. Most recently, casual fans know him as one of the color analysts during the final table live broadcast of the WSOP Main Event on ESPN.

On the felt, Antonio became one of the game’s new superstars during the Poker Boom. Despite having a resume that would be the envy of most pros, it was his performance at the 2012 Big One for ONE DROP that immortalized him.

Antonio survived a final table that included world champions, Hall of Famers and elite businessmen to win the first ever $1 million buy-in poker tournament and $18.34 million. At the time, this vaulted him to the top of Poker’s All-Time Money List. Daniel Negreanu just passed Antonio for the top spot last summer.

Below are some of Antonio’s career highlights:

  • #2 on Poker’s All-Time Money List with $26.4 million in earnings
  • Two-time WPT Champion
  • Three WSOP bracelets
  • 2012 Big One for ONE DROP Champion ($18.34 million)

What’s Next for Poker Central

Poker Central promised that details surrounding partners and the network would be revealed in the weeks following the signing of Daniel Negreanu and thus far they have delivered. It will be interesting to see which partners are revealed over the summer and what details are shared regarding the network.

The poker world is looking forward to the $25 Million Super High Roller Bowl this July. The best and brightest in the poker world will descend upon the Aria in Las Vegas and put up $500,000 each to take a shot an estimated first place prize of $8.25 million.

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(Photo Credit at top of page: UltimatePoker.com)

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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