There’s a lot of cash to be made in poker playing. A lot of the game’s best professionals have made their way up the rungs of the ladder and made ms playing live and online poker tournaments.
This article will outline the ten very best poker players of all time, based on their tournament earnings.
It’s worth giving a shout-out to the players who didn’t make the top ten but they
#20 Brian Rast – USA – : $21.5 m
#19 Phil Hellmuth, Jr – USA -: $22.9 m
#18 Scott Seiver – USA – $23.8 m
#17 Jake Schindler – USA – $24.6 m
#16 Mikita Bodziakouski – Belarus – $25.1 m
#15 John Junada – Indonesia – $25.2 m
#14 Isaac Haxton – USA -: $26.1 m
#13 Phil Ivey – USA – $26.3 m
#12 Steve O’Dwyer – USA – $27.4 m
#11 Antonio Esfandiari – USA – $28.1 m
So now, without further ado, we meet the ten best poker players in the world (to date).
#10 Daniel Colman – USA – : $29 m
Dan Colman got to this spot on the list by beating Dan Negreanu heads-up in 2014 in the $1m Big One for One Drop. He walked away with $15.3m first prize which is the second largest in poker history.
#9 Jason Koon – USA – : $30 m
The Triton Poker ambassador, Koon had himself an incredible year in 2019, taking in more than $6m in winnings from tournaments, which went on top of an already impressive stack of winnings before this.
As a fixture of the Trition high-roller tournament scene, Jason Koon’s 2 biggest career winnings came from two short deck events on that Trition circuit. Koon won both the events and walked away with $6.4m in two tournaments!
#8 Stephen Chidwick – England – $31.1 m
Chidwick is thought of among his colleagues as a high-rolling tournament scene to potentially be one of the best there is in the tournament poker playing world.
Chidwick, an Englishman, spent a significant amount of time sitting at the top of the Global Poker Index player rankings. He broke through at the World Series of Poker earning his first bracelet in the summer of 2019.
Chidwick’s bank sits at over $5m in online winnings, in addition to sums from live games.
#7 Fedor Holz – Germany – $32.6 m
Holz, a 25-year-old is already one of the best players poker has ever seen. Between 2016 – 2017 Holz experienced one of his best runs ever, earning $21m in this short span. More recently, he placed 2nd to Justin Bonomo in the WSOP of 2018, in the $1m Big One for One Drop where he took the consolation prize of $6m home.
#6 David Peters – USA – $33.1 m
Peters is a regular fixture in the high-roller arena. He was a threat for anyone at any tournament. Peters experienced a solid and steady climb up the ladder in the past several years.
Peters first win was in 2007 when he played at modest stakes, before the 5, 6 and 7 figure and buy-ins he plays at now. He’s got two more 7-figure cashes on his CV in 2019 and might very well see himself at the top of this list soon.
#5 Erik Seidel – USA – $35.7 m
Seidel is considered the old guy on this list. At 58 years old, Seidel is one of the pioneer players from the NYC Mayfair Club, which boasts members like Howard Lederer, Dan Harrington and Stu Ungar. Seidel is an 8x WSOP bracelet winner. He’s made an incredible 35 final tables and a massive 92 cashes, including a 2nd place in the Main Event behind Johnny Chan in 1988.
Erik won his biggest cash payout of nearly $2.5m in 2011 at the Aussie ms Poker Championship’s $250k Super High Roller NLHE event.
He landed into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010.
#4 Dan Smith – USA – $36.7 m
Dan Smith doesn’t talk a lot, but he’s steadily moved up the all-time money list. 2012 was a key year from him and his career, starting with a win in the Aussie ms Poker Championship $100k NHLE event. He bagged a lovely $1.04 m.
He did a great job in the 2012 EPT-8 in Monte Carlo. He won 3 NLHE events over the space of just 4 days.
If you can check out the content of Smith playing in the WSOP 2014 event, you’ll see he finished 20th, winning around $287k.
#3 Daniel Negreanu – Canada – $41.8 m
Daniel Negreanu, aka “Kid Poker”, spent an awful lot of time at the peak of the all-time money list, until the WSOP of 2018. Dan’s career isn’t anything to jeer at.
He has 6 WSOP bracelets, has made 38 final tables, cashed nearly 110 times, and placed 11th at the 2001 and then 2015 WSOP Main Event.
He was added to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014.
His ability to read an opponent with uncanny accuracy has no doubt contributed to his huge success and this is all that makes for a well-earned place in the best poker players ever known.
#2 Justin Bonomo – USA – $45 m
Bonomo grabbed the top spot thanks to his 2018 WSOP $1 m Big One for One Drop win. His $10m prize boosted hum to the number one spot on the all time money list. He sits at number 2 now, but the 32 year old has a wicked run in 2018, winning pretty much everywhere he went. He boasts 3 WSOP bracelets and has a solid 10 wins in high-roller events globally, all from the one year. This includes the May Aria Super High Roller Bowl $300k NLHE event where he took home $5m, and the Macau Super High Roller Bowl $3m NLHE event where he landed $4.8m.
Bonomo shows absolutely no signs of slowing his pace.
#1 Bryn Kenney – USA – $55.5 m
Kenney had an incredible 2019 run which boosted him to the top spot on this list. His largest cash came in August during the Triton m. Kenney finished third in the event for a whopping $20.5m.
His first live tournament cash was back in 2007. Since this, he’s had a solid pace when it comes to adding to his already incredible winnings. He won a 2014 WSOP bracelet in the $1.5k 10-Game Mix 6-Handed event. In total, he’s made 7 final WSOP tables and cashed a huge 32 times. This includes a 28th place in the Main Event of 2010.
His largest cash of just shy of $2m was in April of 2017 at the PokerStars Championship €100k NLHE Super High Roller 8-Max in Spain.
Since this, Kenney’s gone onto to loads of top 5 finishers across the world.
And that brings us to the end of the list of the ten best poker players in the history of all time!
Table of Content
- Honourable Mentions
- #10 Daniel Colman – USA – : $29 m
- #9 Jason Koon – USA – : $30 m
- #8 Stephen Chidwick – England – $31.1 m
- #7 Fedor Holz – Germany – $32.6 m
- #6 David Peters – USA – $33.1 m
- #5 Erik Seidel – USA – $35.7 m
- #4 Dan Smith – USA – $36.7 m
- #3 Daniel Negreanu – Canada – $41.8 m
- #2 Justin Bonomo – USA – $45 m
- #1 Bryn Kenney – USA – $55.5 m