Poker Pro Antonio Esfandiari talks about Sick Lifestyle

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If anybody exemplifies the ballyhooed lifestyle of a famous Las Vegas poker pro, it's Antonio Esfandiari. He is the all-time leader in tournament winnings with $25,578,279, and Esfandiari won the prestigious "Big One for One Drop" tourney last year along with $18,346,673. More recently, he finished fourth in the 2013 WSOP "One Drop" event and collected $1,433,438.

Aside from his obvious poker success, Esfandiari also has one of the game's more recognizable images with his smooth outfits, clean-shaven look and big black glasses. Dubbed "The Magician" for his former profession and fancy chip tricks, the 34-year-old also spends quite a bit of time partying and dining out in Vegas.

So it's only natural that the Las Vegas Sun recently caught up with Esfandiari to get his take on the best clubs and restaurants that Sin City has to offer. And what readers get from this column is an in-depth look at how great of a life Esfandiari leads. Here's a quick look at one excerpt from the Las Vegas Sun article:

I think it is appropriate for me to name a couple of my favorite places. If you want to party, even with all the competition out there, Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas still takes the cake. There is something about that club, perhaps its energy or it could be the plethora of beautiful women. Who knows? All I know is that I have never not had a great time at Marquee.
Food — I am a huge food snob. I probably dine out 300-plus nights of the year. And it has yet to get old. I just love my food. And I respect the culinary field. Food is an art. It’s also science. To be able to put the two together and create such incredible dishes takes talent. And there are a few chefs in Vegas with just that.
For steak, I have to go with Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria. I have eaten there 100-plus times and have been impressed every time. Start off with the seafood tower and have a rib eye for dinner. You won’t be disappointed.
For anybody who's ever been to Vegas, it's not exactly cheap to eat out or go to a club. In fact, many people end up getting groceries and/or eating at places like McDonald's to save money while visiting Sin City. Of course when you've won over $25.5 million playing in poker tournaments, you can afford to spend more than the average person on dining and eating out.

Besides his incredible success in poker tourneys, Esfandiari is also a very good cash game player. His strong cash skills landed him on the famous TV show High Stakes Poker. He's also represented various online poker rooms throughout the years too.