Biggest Poker Winners
Although Hollywood is filled with movies featuring tuxedoed rock stars and secret agents winning big at the tables, it’s not just the physical casinos that prove you can win big. Online casinos have had a huge surge in popularity and success over the last decades, but who’s got all the glory? We take a look at some of the biggest winners in poker and live casino online history, and see who the best really is.
Las Vegas resident Phil Ivey comes in at 5th place on our list. Regarded by numerous poker observers and experts as the best all-around poker player in the world, Ivey has his own poker training sitelaunched in 2014 called Ivey League, with a full roster of professional coaches.
Daniel Colman $26,039,557
Currently residing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Daniel Colman is our youngest entry on the list at only 26 years old. In 2014, he won the BLUFF Player of The Year Award, and is more famously known for winning the $1,000,000 buy-in Big One for One Drop at the 2014 World Series. He beat champ Daniel Negreanu for a prize of $15.3 million, the second highest prize in poker history.
Iranian born Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari is known for his magic tricks and card abilities, and for launching the iOS strategy“The Magician’s Secrets for Winning Tournaments”. Back in 2012, he won the largest buy-in tournament in history, the infamous Big One for One Drop, a $1,000,000 buy-in live event. After beating out 47 other players, he earned a staggering $18,346,670, the biggest cash prize in poker history at the time.
In second place comes Poker Hall of Famer Eric Seidel. Originally born in New York City, Seidel played professional backgammon in his youth, eventually becoming a trader on the stock exchange stock market, before moving onto professional Poker. He is currently ranked at 28th position on the Global Poker Index.
Daniel Negreanu $32,619,169
Ranked in 2014 by the Global Poker Index as the best poker player of the decade, Canadian Daniel Negreanu has won over $32,600,000 in prize money during his career as a professional poker player. Away from the poker tables, he has also made cameo appearances in Hollywood films, such as the Marvel film X-Men Origins: Wolverine where he was seen playing against the mutant Gambit, as well as the Zak Penn directed movie “The Grand” starring Woody Harrelson.