Top 10 Biggest Poker Wins
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Justin Bonomo has earned $10 million for winning the $1 million buy-in “Big One for One Drop” at the 2018 WSOP in Las Vegas. This added him to the list of players who have won the most money in poker, whilst also putting him on top of the poker rankings. His live tournament winnings amount to $48,508,778, which makes him “only” the second-highest-earning live tournament player in history, after Bryn Kenney.
Bryn Kenney has earned a total of $56,403,502. This 33-year-old poker pro is often seen in online tournaments. In 2019, he won around $20 million in the largest buy-in poker tournament: the £1,050,000 Triton Million – A Helping Hand for Charity event sponsored by partypoker LIVE. He made almost $30 million in 2019, which makes him one of the richest poker players in the world.
There are different opinions regarding this question. While some claim that Phil Ivey leads with eight WSOP bracelets as one of the biggest cash game poker winners in history, Daniel Negreanu has made it to the top of the all-time list in live tournament earnings with $36.15 million.
Nevertheless, 27-year-old Steffen Sontheimer from Germany won the inaugural Poker Masters, a high-roller tournament series in 2017, and made $7.05 million in live tournament cash in 2017 alone. With some of the biggest online poker wins alongside this, he is considered by many to be the best in the world at the moment.
While there are different opinions regarding what exactly makes “the most successful” poker player, we’d nominate Phil Helmuth. The “Poker Brat” won 15 WSOP bracelets and more than $21.7 million until 2017. His highest cash payday is about $2.6 million. He may be infamous for his impulsive behavior with opponents and fellow poker players, but his poker skills are remarkable.
He was invited to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2007, participated in High Stakes Poker’s Season 1, 4 and 6, appeared in numerous shows, and coached on Fox Sports’ Best Damn Poker Show.