The 5 Most Succesful Poker Players
For most people, playing a few hands of poker is simply a way of having some fun with friends, and if they end the night with more money than they started with, that’s a nice bonus. But for a select few who have dedicated their lives to mastering the art of poker playing, the game is a pathway to mega-riches.
Here are the top 5 highest earning poker players of all time, as of July 2013:
1. Antonio Esfandiari
Nicknamed “The Magician”, Esfandiari has amassed a staggering $25,578,279 in his career, making him the most successful poker player of all time. Away from the card table, he has also made appearances in the TV series Entourage and alongside Robert De Niro in the movie Freelancers.
2. Sam Trickett
After an injury cut short a potential career in professional soccer, Englishman Trickett began playing poker instead. He quickly achieved notoriety for scooping huge pots, including a win of almost $1.5 million during a game in Macau. His total career winnings currently stands at $19,839,576.
3. Daniel Negreanu
Having won $18,079,921 during his career, Canada’s Daniel Negreanu is a two-time winner of the World Poker Tour. He puts most of his success down to his ability to read the body language of fellow players.
4. Phil Hellmuth Jr
Californian Hellmuth is a fiery character who has frequently got into arguments and controversies during his poker career. Despite that, he has picked up a record-breaking 13 bracelets from the World Series of Poker and won $17,947,106.
5. Phil Ivey
Known as “the Tiger Woods of Poker”, Ivey has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets and netted career prize money of $17,649,220. He is also known for his philanthropy, donating large sums to children’s charities and literacy projects.
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