The Richest Poker Players TOP 5: Part 2
It is impossible to play poker and not dream about how great it would be to be the same player who earns several hundred thousand dollars by winning prizes. And so that you know that dreams can come true, we will continue our selection – the richest poker players TOP 5.
5th place – Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson, nicknamed “Texas Dolly”, is considered a legend of the poker community and one of those who could help bring the game to a new level. He has more than 60 years of poker experience behind him, which many other players will not be able to boast of.
Few people know, but Brunson initially planned to build a professional basketball career in the NBA. However, nothing came of this idea, and he began to participate in other competitions – in poker. And that was what was needed.
Doyle Brunson has ten gold bracelets WSOP on his account, including two wins in the main tournament. It is worth noting that it is very difficult to win at least once in this tournament, not to mention the possibility of a repeat victory. But Brunson could.
By the way, Doyle himself is also the author of the book “Super System”, which has become known as one of the best books on poker strategy. Take a note to yourself.
At the moment, Brunson’s total earnings for his entire career are about 75 million US dollars.
4th place – Chris Ferguson
Chris Ferguson, better known in the poker community by the very modest nickname “Jesus, ” got his nickname because of his long hair and beard, resembling Jesus himself. And although Chris does not know how to turn water into wine, he can successfully turn poker chips into millions of dollars.
The native of sunny California, along with his father, began playing poker from a young age. And this experience served to achieve Ferguson’s incredible success in professional poker.
Some of Ferguson’s big wins include the Main Event WSOP in 2000, from which he brought home one and a half million dollars in prize money. Of course, after 20 years, such a win seems small for the main prize. But do not forget that Chris has passed at least 90 other tournaments, after which he returned with the money.
During his entire career, he won about $ 80 million.
3rd place – Sammy Farha
Sammy Farha was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and is one of the best poker players in the Middle East. As a teenager, he moved to the United States to escape the civil war in his homeland. America is a country of opportunities, and Farha successfully took advantage of this.
After spending several years in the United States, Sammy began playing poker in all the establishments and clubs where it was possible to earn at least a few dollars. The first taste of victory eventually became his firm desire to settle in the poker community firmly and for a long time.
At the moment, Farha has earned three WSOP bracelets and his largest recorded tournament victory in 2010 at the WSOP in a tournament in the format of Omaha Hi-Lo Split-8 or Better Championship. Here he earned $ 466,241.
In general, Farha’s career income is $ 100 million.
2nd place – Phil Ivey
Ivey is a legend in the poker world. Phil, like many other successful players, was interested in poker from a young age. He loved the game so much that he was once caught using a fake ID at a casino when he was a teenager.
Under the nickname “The Phenom”, Ivey won 10 World Series Of Poker bracelets, which is the second largest achievement in the world after the merits of Phil Hellmuth.
Ivey also holds one WPT title and has made it to the final table nine times. The biggest prize he was able to earn in 2014 at Aussie Millions LK Boutique AU 250,000 USD – 4 million Australian dollars.
Phil has not only achieved great success in live tournaments, but also turned out to be an outstanding online player. In poker rooms, where you can play poker for real money, he was able to earn more than $ 100 million.
1st place – Dan Bilzerian
Dan Bilzerian heads the list of the richest poker players in the TOP 5 – an ambiguous figure. On the one hand, he is very well-known on Instagram under the nickname Danbilzerian among the English-speaking audience. He has almost 33 million followers, 3 million likes on each post and a bunch of photos with different girls every day.
On the other hand, he is also quite a well-known figure in poker. Although some people note that he is not very popular in the poker community, he regularly plays at high stakes. Well, he can afford it.
Dan inherited his fabulous wealth from his father. Therefore, it is not known for sure how much Bilzerian was actually able to win in poker – the exact amount of his trust fund is hidden. However, he is the richest poker player in the world.
Dan himself claims that he won $ 50 million in 2014, and during his career as a poker player, he won more than 200 million in total.