Top 5 most famous and wealthy Poker players
Many Poker players dream about making it big one day. Sure there’s plenty of people who play it just for the enjoyment factor but even they wouldn’t mind a couple cool million in their pockets. Let’s have a look at some of the most successful professionals out there today.
Number one contender, Antonio Esfandiari is one of the youngest people to ever win the World Poker Tour Championship. Antonio moved to San Jose, California as a child from Tehran, Iran. His real name is Amir Esfandiari but once in the US he changed it because of all the bullying and teasing he received from his classmates. He started off as a magician but quickly got a knack for gambling and soon enough he was dominating tournaments all over the world. He consistently places in top rankings at major poker tournaments. Total winnings: $22,928,145.
Erik Seidel is second in line and admits to having always been a fan of gambling. He started his professional career in Backgammon Tournaments where he spent eight years of his life. After trying his luck at the stock market for a while he moved onto the poker circuit. He became famous after placing second in the 1988 World Series of Poker Championship. He has seven World Series of Poker bracelets and he keeps all of them in his luxurious Las Vegas home. Total winnings: $17,285,021.
A relative newcomer to the world of professional poker, Sam Trickett started playing in 2005. The Nottingham native has eight first place finishes in various major tournaments already. And he still has a huge career ahead of him given that he’s only 29 years old. Total winnings: $16,613,853.
One of the most famous players out there and well-known for his impressive composure, Daniel Negreanu started playing from the ripe age of eight. He ditched college when he thought he could make it big in the world of Poker. And boy was he right, he got two first place finishes in the 1997 World Poker Finals and up to date he has well over 30 wins in different major tournaments. Total winnings: $16,532,751.
Nicknamed The Poker Brat due to his bad manners at the table, Philip Helmuth is still one of the most successful players the world has ever seen. He was the youngest player to ever win the Seven-Card Stud High-Low Tournament. All in all he can brag with over 35 first place finishes and countless other money finishes. His career has led to a lot of endorsements, book deals and merchandising. Total winnings: $15,409,230.
So if you’ve ever wanted a career in professional Poker have a look at these inspiring player careers. And don’t think that these are all of the big winners, there’s plenty more out there if you’re keen on looking. So, get your rule book, polish up your skills and start playing, there’s no time like today.