Take a look at the winners on the felt who’ve made big bucks:
Winnings: $36.8 Million
Dan Smith, though only having one World Poker Tour title under his belt, has nevertheless had a very successful and lucrative career competing in live poker tournaments around the world.
A former chess player, his steady march to success began in 2012 when he won the Aussie Millions Poker Championship $100,000 NHLE event, and by 2014 was ranked at the top of the Global Poker Index.
Winnings: $37.7 Million
An accomplished and seasoned player, Erik Seidel has been doing the poker tournament circuit for many decades. Runner-up in the 1988 WSOP Main Event, Seidel has since won eight WSOP bracelets, as well as titles in both the World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour.
Seidel is also noted for being was one of the original members of the famous Mayfair Club in New York City before it was shut down in 2000, and in 2010 was inducted to the Poker Hall of Fame in Las Vegas.
Winnings: $42 Million
Daniel Negreanu, aka “Kid Poker”, was at the top of the Hendon Mob All Time Money List for a considerable length of time until it was claimed by Justin Bonomo in 2018.
Along his extensive career, Negreanu has won a total of six bracelets and made thirty-eight final tables at WSOP events, with one hundred and eight money finishes. He also holds two World Poker Tour titles and has made five final tables at European Poker Tour events.
In 2014, Negreanu was officially inducted into the Poker Hall Of Fame in Las Vegas.
Winnings: $49 Million
With his big win at the 2018 WSOP $1 million Big One for One Drop tournament, Justin Bonomo, also know by his nickname “ZeeJustin”, cemented his place as the world’s second highest earning tournament poker player to date. At the time, he was ranked first on the All Time Money List, overtaking Daniel Negreanu, though soon fell to second behind Bryn Kenney in 2019.
Bonomo is a three-time WSOP bracelet winner, and has frequently made final tables at WSOP, as well as at the World Poker and European Poker Tours.
Winnings: $56 Million
As of August 2020, Bryn Kenney is considered to be the all-time highest earning poker tournament player to date and has been listed first on the All Time Money List since 2019.
Originally a competitive gamer, Kenney’s first big win came in 2007 at the East Coast Poker Championships, hosted at the Turning Stone Casino & Resort in New York.
Since then, Kenney has participated in a total of seven World Series of Poker final tables, with thirty two money finishes, and in 2014 received a WSOP bracelet after winning the $1,500 10-Game Mix Six Handed event. He has also competed in the World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour, with six finishes and five finishes respectively.