Antonio Esfandiari

Poker champ disqualified … for doing what?!?

from CNBC

by Paul Amin

Well-known poker professional Antonio Esfandiari was disqualified from a tournament for urinating in a bottle at the table.

Yes, you read that right. The often unpredictable and sometimes outrageous world of professional poker has done it again. According to PokerNews, it happened Sunday night at the Atlantis in the Bahamas, which is hosting the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series.

The incident seems to have been the result of a prop/side bet Esfandiari made with businessman and amateur poker player Bill Perkins. The bet called for Esfandiari to literally lunge everywhere he went for 48 hours during the poker tournament. That included having to lunge from his room to the elevator, to the poker table and even to the bathroom. Esfandiari would not say exactly how much this unusual side bet was for, but he told reporters he was willing to do anything to avoid losing.

Apparently, it was for enough money that Esfandiari did not want to lunge while taking a bathroom break during his participation in the $5,300 buy-in Main Event on Day 2 of the tournament. So Esfandiari got a bottle, a towel and some people to stand around him while he relieved himself.

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Tournament organizers weren’t amused. European Poker Tour President Edgar Stuchly says Esfandiari was removed for, “a serious breach of tournament etiquette.”

In an interview with PokerNews, Esfandiari apologized for his “childish” behavior.

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  • Jan Fuerst

    On, about reading this article, I am appalled that his childish action took place. I totally agree with Mr. Stuchly, for disqualifying Mr. Esfandiari, from the tournament. This act was outrageous.
    Thank you for allowing me to present my opinion.
    I am not a member of your site as yet, but am seriously thinking about it. I have not made a name for myself yet. I love the game. We do not have the opportunities for the open tournaments in Canada as yet.
    Jan Fuerst

  • Gary 'GrassDaddy' Wyatt

    I will paraphrase here…”A tempest in a “pee pot” .. Seriously? …Who was actually, VISIBLY offended here? Was the thought that a man might be relieving himself in a cluster of friends, really enough to cause all this ‘terminal undie bunch’? I can think of numerous incidents FAR more egregious than a “little ‘pee’ in a bottle’.

    Thank you for allowing my viewpoint. ….. GrassDaddyâ„¢

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