Huge sums of money are earned and lost daily in the world of high-stakes poker. The best players in the world have no problem losing tens of thousands of dollars in a single session because they know they can make it all back the next time they play poker.
After factoring in their earnings from poker, endorsements, film appearances, and other sources, which professional poker players have the biggest bank accounts?Read on to discover the answer.
Top 10 Richest Poker Players In The World
1. Dan Bilzerian – $200 Million
Bilzerian, an enormous Instagram star, asserts that he has amassed the majority of his wealth from winning extremely high-stakes poker games.Given his numerous business endeavours, enormous social media following, and the fact that he got an undisclosed amount of money from a trust fund, many people doubt this assertion. Bilzerian has boasted about his poker skills to the tune of $50 million in 2014 alone, among other extravagant claims.The main source of his income, he says, is cash games, and he has never even won a big event. The internet celebrity has also been the subject of multiple arrests. It makes no difference where his wealth came from; he is, without a doubt, the wealthiest poker player on the planet.
2. Phil Ivey – $125 Million
A lot of people think Phil Ivey is one of the best poker players ever. In 2009, he finished seventh at the Main Event after making it to the final table. With nine appearances in the final table, he has won one WPT title. In 2014, Ivey took home AU$4 million after taking first place in the Aussie Millions LK Boutique AU$250,000 Challenge, one of many big tournament prizes that he has won. In addition to his prowess on the internet, Ivey is a master of high-stakes cash games; he previously defeated Texan billionaire Andy Beal to the tune of $16 million in just three days.
3. Sam Farha – $100 Million
Everyone in the poker community remembers Sam Farha from when he lost the 2003 Main Event to Chris Moneymaker. While the Lebanese poker player is recognised for his high-stakes Omaha cash game skill, he has won three bracelets from the World Series of Poker (WSOP).
Aside from his runner-up result in the 2010 WSOP $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, Farha’s largest tournament victory to date was $488,241. His numerous commercial ventures, appearances in films and television, and books also contribute to his fortune.
4. Chris Ferguson – $80 Million
To claim that Chris Ferguson does not have the most fans among poker players would be an understatement. Approximately $444 million from Full Tilt Poker players was allegedly stolen by him and others in a huge Ponzi operation. Despite his subsequent public apology, many still felt it was too little, too late. In spite of his nefarious dealings, he is a fantastic player; in 2000, he won the WSOP Main Event and took home $1.5 million. A significant portion of his over $7 million in live event winnings comes from his 168 money finishes at the WSOP, which he achieved over the course of his career.
5. Doyle Brunson – $75 Million
Among the all-time greats of poker, Doyle Brunson is well-known. He won the Main Event twice (in 1976 and 1977) and accumulated ten bracelets at the World Series of Poker (WSOP). At the Bellagio’s Bobby’s Room, the retiree was a regular player in cash games, such as a limit mixed-game poker game with blinds of $4,000 and $8,000.
In total, Brunson’s earnings from live tournaments exceed $6.1 million. It is unclear how much money he made playing cash games for huge stakes. His other sources of income include, among other things, the sales of his highly acclaimed poker strategy book, Super System.
6. Daniel Negreanu – $70 Million
When it comes to poker, nobody is more well-known than Daniel Negreanu. He is one of the wealthiest poker players in the world, because to his charisma and talent, which have won him legions of followers. The first player to ever win the World Series of Poker Player of the Year award twice, “Kid Poker” also has six bracelets to his name. The Poker Hall of Fame also counts him among its members. In addition to his over $42 million in tournament winnings, Negreanu has amassed a sizeable fortune from sponsorship deals, the most lucrative of which saw him become the face of PokerStars.
7. Bryn Kenney – $57 Million
One of the more obscure players here is Bryn Kenney of the United States. Even though he has only ever won one WSOP bracelet, he has made the money thirty-two times. He has won more than $55 million in tournaments, putting him in first place among all-time earners. Perhaps Kenney’s most notable accomplishment is becoming the first person to ever win the largest prize in a poker tournament. At London’s 2019 Triton Million charity event, he took home more than $20.5 million. He finished in second place, but he won the bigger prize because he struck a deal with the winner, Aaron Zang, while he was leading in chips.
8. Justin Bonomo – $57 Million
Justin Bonomo, who has had phenomenal success in both online and live competitions, is up next. He has cashed 55 times and won three bracelets at the World Series of Poker. In 2020, he took home first place at the Super High Roller Bowl Online, one of several major online tournaments that he has won. A ten million dollar windfall and the title of all-time leading live tournament money winner were Bonomo’s greatest achievements in 2018, when he triumphed in the “Big One for One Drop” event.
9. Tony G – $36 Million
One of the most gregarious and vocal poker players in the world is Tony G, whose true name is Antanas Guoga. He has achieved great success in business and is now a politician serving in the European Parliament. Despite making the money fifteen times, he has never taken home a WSOP bracelet. Many six-figure sums have been won by Tony G in his poker career. However, his commercial endeavours account for the vast majority of his riches. Cypherpunk Holdings, an investment firm traded on the Canadian Securities Exchange, is headed by him as its chief executive officer.
10. Antonio Esfandiari – $27 Million
This ranking of the wealthiest poker players features Antonio Esfandiari, one of the most famous names in the game, at number ten. During his career, the former magician earned three bracelets from the World Series of Poker. He also won three titles from the World Poker Tour, the first of which was the 2004 L.A. Poker Classic. After winning the “Big One for One Drop” event at the WSOP in 2012, Esfandiari’s greatest victory to date came in the same year. Because of this, he was able to walk away with the then-record-breaking sum of $18,346,673. Prior to Daniel Negreanu stealing his crown, he had the most money won in tournaments.