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August 08, 2012 06:19 ET

Gaming Club Reveals the Biggest Poker Hand Ever Played

Antonio Esfandiari walks away with more than $18 million from the Big One for One Drop

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2012) - Breaking records at the World Series of Poker is not unusual, but Antonio Esfandiari broke the best one yet. Gaming Club announced that Esfandiari claimed the biggest win in poker history after taking a total jackpot of $18,346,673 from the Big One for One Drop poker tournament. Raising money for Guy Laliberte's One Drop Foundation, buy in from 48 players was $1 million each. Antonio walked away with the prize after three days of heavy going and highly focused play.

Antonio beat tournament mastermind and host Laliberte in the final round with a pair of kings to Laliberte's pair of queens.

Big winners prior to this are Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey, both netting prize packets in the region of $1 million dollars and not forgetting last year's WSOP winner Pius Heinz, who walked away with close to $9 million.

High stakes poker games are definitely on the rise despite the global economic slowdown. Take for example the huge buy-ins now stipulated by the largest poker tournaments. The maximum buy in at the World Series of Poker for example is now $1 million, with the minimum buy in boosted to $500.

Additionally, gambling in the UK looks like it's about to become more liberal. A report by the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee is putting forward recommendations to reduce centralised gambling legislation to give more power to local authorities and generally update what are now thought to be antiquated gambling laws in the UK.

These moves point to a change in views towards gambling, both online and offline. As online and offline gambling move closer and closer together, with online games used to filter players enabling the best to transcend onto offline high-stakes games, the poker world can look forward to even bigger jackpots in the future.

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