Antonio Esfandiari spendet $50.000 nach Gewinn der „Lunge“ Prop-Bet

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Antonio_EsfandiariWie berichtet hat die Pinkel-Gate Aktion von Antonio Esfandiari ziemlich hohe Wellen geschlagen. Nicht nur die Poker-Medien, sondern auch große Nachrichtenkonzerne wie CBS, CNN usw. haben über den Vorfall berichtet. Wie PokerNews nun berichtet ging es bei der Wette zwischen Esfandiari und Bill Perkins eigentlich darum, dass der Magician sich für 48 Stunden nur via Ausfallschritt fortbewegen darf.

Die Prop Bet lief bereits einige Stunden und da Esfandiari bereits an einem ziemlich heftigen Muskelkater litt, entschied er sich am Tisch in einen Behälter zu urinieren. Wie bereits bekannt, wurde er hierfür aus dem Main Event disqualifiziert.

Antonio Esfandiari hat sich bereits offiziell für diesen Vorfall entschuldigt, und sieht ein, dass er etwas über Ziel hinausgeschossen ist. Außerdem gab er bekannt, dass er die $50.000 der Wette je zu 50% an die ONE Drop und die REG Organisation spenden wird.

Anbei das offizielle Statement von Esfandiari exklusiv von

„It makes me quite sad to write this. All the things you have heard are all true. I can sit here and try to explain and justify but at the end of the day my actions were completely unacceptable. What’s done is done. All I can do is learn from my mistakes and grow from them. I have apologized to anyone and everyone who may have been affected and will continue to do so.

This happened because of a big prop bet I had with my buddy, Bill Perkins, that mandated I lunge everywhere for two days. I cannot explain the pain I felt in my legs. I did what I thought was the best play at the time. Looking back now I realize it was a terrible judgment call on my behalf. I am a new father now, and this is not the kind of example I want to set for my son.

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.

I have been mulling over how to have some good come from this sorry situation and to this end I have decided to donate the entire amount to charity.

$25,000 is going to One Drop, which provides drinking water to impoverished nations, and the other $25,000 to REG, a charity dedicated to reducing suffering in the world. Both are amazing organizations that I am passionate about. I believe in balance, and my life would not be in balance if I kept this money for myself.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this. Lesson learned.

Antonio Esfandiari“

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