Everyone enjoys the occasional game of blackjack or real money bingo. These games are great fun when you have friends round and need something to while away those evening hours while keeping your guests entertained.
But when those friends leave, the night comes to an end, and some alone time beckons, many players turn to poker, with aspirations of emulating the most successful poker players in the world, including:
5. Bryn Kenney
Kenny claimed his first live win in 2007 and since then, he has accumulated over $55 million in prize money. Until a couple of years ago, he was a long way down the list of highest earners, but he had a massive breakout year in 2019.
He scooped $20.5 million in a single 2019 event and scooped many other big wins, earning him the top spot on multiple poker databases. Kenney has 1 World Series of Poker bracelet to his name.
4. Phil Hellmuth
Known as “the Poker Brat”, Hellmuth is a player that fans love to hate. His regular tantrums and strops have made him a divisive figure, but regardless of what you think about him, you can’t argue with his success.
Hellmuth has a record 15 WSOP bracelets and while several of these came early in his career—when table numbers were small and competition was low—an impressive 9 bracelets have been claimed since 2001.
He’s outside the top 20 on the all-time money list but when it comes to WSOP bracelets, no one gets close to the Poker Brat.
3. Erik Seidel
Seidel has done it all. He was won 8 WSOP bracelets, claimed tens of millions in prize money, and also features in the Poker Hall of Fame. He’s one of the true greats, a poker veteran, and on several occasions, he has been listed as one of the three best poker players in the world.
One of Seidel’s greatest hands even featured in the film Rounders, a legendary flick in the poker community.
2. Justin Bonomo
American Bonomo has accumulated over $50 million in lifetime poker winnings, with the bulk of this coming during and after 2018.
This was the year he won his second and third WSOP bracelets, with one of those tournaments earning him a massive $10 million in prize money. In the same year, Bonomo won two other high-roller events, each earning him close to $5 million.
He’s one of the biggest names in poker right now and his star is rising.
1. Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu’s nickname is a testament to his experience, as he’s still known as “Kid Poker”, even though he turned 46 in 2020.
The Canadian pro won his first WSOP bracelet when he was just 24, and he has picked up 5 additional bracelets since then. In 2004, the same year that he won his third bracelet in a $2,000 Limit Hold’em event, he scooped two World Poker Tour titles, collecting over $3 million in total prize money.
Daniel’s charisma, unrivalled reading ability, and vast experience have made him one of the best-loved names on the poker scene and he has featured on numerous poker-themed TV shows.