There are a number of ways in which a poker player can be disqualified from a tournament. On Sunday, Day 2 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event, Antonio Esfandiari was disqualified and it had nothing to do with anything the Poker Tournament Directors Association has ever made a rule for.
Esfandiari was disqualified for urinating into a bottle while at a table.
You read that right. Mother nature called and rather than leave the table and head to the men’s room, Esfandiari took care of business at the table. It turns out getting from the table to the men’s room would have been all too painful thanks to a prop bet Esfandiari had made with Bill Perkins.
To win the bet, Esfandiari had to lunge everywhere he went for 48 hours. Sunday was the second day of the bet and Esfandiari was apparently feeling the effects of lunging around the Atlantis Resort for two days straight.
Before Day 2 began, Esfandiari took to Twitter to give an update on the prop bet and ended up foreshadowing the big incident of the day.
Been LUNGING around my hotel room all day. Just going to the bathroom and back is starting take a toll on my legs. I am in trouble tomrw!
— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) January 9, 2016
Rather than get up from the table and inflict more punishment on his legs, Esfandiari got creative.
Not long after finishing, Esfandiari was disqualified from the Main Event and, keeping up with his side of the prop bet, lunged his way back to his hotel room. At the time of his disqualification, Esfandiari had roughly 110,000 in chips, right around the average stack.
After having some time to reflect on his actions, Esfandiari seemed remorseful and claims to have grown from the experience. Oh, and he won the prop bet.
— Antonio Esfandiari (@MagicAntonio) January 11, 2016
Esfandiari’s punishment was only for the Main Event and he is allowed to play other PCA events beginning Monday.