The World’s 10 Richest Poker Players
Posted on July 23, 2019 at 4:07am
Poker is a game that has always attracted talented players, enigmatic secrets, and unbelievably large sums of money. It makes sense, then, that some of the world’s wealthiest people have made some – or all – of their fortune at the tables! Every corner of the globe is home to skilled, gutsy and fascinating card pushers, but only a few can claim the prestigious title of being the richest Poker players on the planet.
Here are the famed players who have played their way to achieve this unimaginable glory with the help of a pack of cards, and a keen sense for gambling.
#1: Dan Bilzerian - $150m
Dan Bilzerian might be the world’s most valuable Poker player (and the unofficial King of Instagram), but his past is still largely shrouded in mystery. Gambling enthusiasts and experts have only been able to piece together parts of this card gaming enigma from his outlandish Instagram posts and the odd snippet from his interviews, but officially speaking, there are very few concrete facts to be found about the man behind the Poker face.
However, while we may not know how long he served in the Navy or exactly how much he is worth, his value is estimated at a staggering $150 million. One thing we do know for certain about Bilzerian is that he is exceptionally good at his craft, which has made him one of the richest Poker players in human history!
#2: Phil Ivey - $100m
Despite his recent edge sorting scandal that attracted plenty of negative press to his name, Phil Ivey still remains one of the wealthiest and most iconic players around. His talent was evident from a young age, as was his penchant for bending the rules, earning him the nickname ‘No Home Jerome’. Ivey has won no less than ten WSOP Bracelets, and was indicted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2017.
#3: Chris Ferguson - $80m
Chris Ferguson is a man of many talents. Aside from being able to cut fruits with playing cards and holding a PhD in computer science, the player also has six WSOP bracelets to his name, along with an astounding $80 million in worth. The world’s wealthiest Poker players don’t get much quirkier than this one, either; nicknamed ‘Jesus’, cowboy-hat-wearing Ferguson went straight into the world of professional gaming after spending a decade earning his degree from UCLA.
#4: Doyle Brunson - $75m
Brunson is a celebrated icon in the gambling world, and started his long career back in Texas when he got into the pastime in college. For a while, he played simply for fun, but it wasn’t until he made more than a month’s wage in a single game’s winnings that he started to take it seriously. Ten WSOP bracelets and one best-selling book later, his $75 million worth speaks for itself!
#5: Daniel Negreanu - $50m
Negreanu is a local Canadian legend with a rebellious streak. After dropping out of high school, the player became involved with the Poker scene, eventually earning enough to set up shop in Las Vegas. Since then, he has won six WSOP bracelets and even served as a PokerStars ambassador, and he regularly makes it onto lists of the best and the richest Poker players globally.
#6: Justin Bonomo - $40m
Justin Bonomo’s skills in Magic: The Gathering translated into a very lucrative gambling career. This winner of three WSOP bracelets has made 16 final tables in his career, and in 2018 even managed to surpass Negreanu’s record for all-time live earnings with a massive $43 million bank account.
#7: Erik Seidel - $40m
This is one of the planet’s most beloved card players, and also one of the most accomplished. While a large chunk of his total assets have come from stock investments, the bulk of it has been earned at the tables, amassing him an epic net worth in excess of $40 million.
#8: Fedor Holz - $33m
A young German prodigy with a penchant for cards, it’s no surprise that Holz is one of the world’s richest Poker players. After starting off anonymously in online gaming rooms, he switched to high stakes tournaments and won his first bracelet in his early 20s.
#9: Patrik Antonius - $32m
Finnish model Antonius has not yet won a WSOP bracelet, but his earnings of $32 million still make him one of the wealthiest Poker players around. Patrik plays both online and in tournaments, and is still one of history’s highest grossing online players today.
#10: Brynn Kenney - $30m
This New York native was another Magic: The Gathering player who was converted to the Poker world. To date, Kenney has earned himself one WSOP bracelet and more than $30 million in winnings, along with thousands of admirers along the way!
Of course this list of the wealthiest Poker players is not set in stone. Big wins are the nature of the game, and for many of these players, big losses may well be too. One major tournament can payout more than a million dollars at a time, so whoever makes the list now, may well be knocked off it in time to come. And that, in part, is what makes the game so exciting.
Dan Bilzerian: PokerTube
Phil Ivey: Analyzepoker
Daniel Negreanu: CalvinAyre.com
Fedor Holz: CardsChat