By: Pocket Bullets Paris
Under the heading of too crazy to be true, we recently read in Pokernews.com that poker super-star Antonio Esfandiari was disqualified from the 2016 PCA (PokerStars Caribbean Adventure) Main Event for . . . urinating into a container under the poker table! That seemed so bizarre that I had to pursue the story.
It seems Esfandiari, a sucker for prop bets, had made a prop bet with poker-playing businessman Bill Perkins that required him to lunge everywhere he went for 48 hours, beginning on January 8th.
Apparently it was a sizable enough wager to keep Esfandiari lunging around his hotel room all day, even tweeting about how painful it was and noting how he’d be in trouble during play the following day because of his aching muscles.
In fact, he must have been in considerable pain, because rather than lunging across the casino to get to the restroom when he needed to, Esfandiari chose to stay put and use, in what might be called the latest version of “live streaming,” the aforementioned container. Social media went nuts and PokerStars made the call to disqualify him from the tournament for a “serious breach of tournament etiquette.” We thought it was, to say the very least, highly inappropriate as well as a bit funny when you think about it. After all, who would do that and think it was okay, even for a second, especially now when everything is caught on camera and tweeted to the world in 30 seconds?
To Esfandiari’s credit, he was deeply embarrassed, noting that “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.” He won the prop bet for $50,000, and then made something good come from his mistake in judgment; he donated the entire amount to two of his favorite charities: One Drop, which provides drinking water to impoverished nations and REG, which helps reduce suffering in the world.
As Esfandiari said, “I believe in balance, and my life would not be in balance if I kept this money for myself.”
We’ve all heard of “splashing the pot,” but seriously; we hope no one ever decides to do this at one of our games!