The Lifestyle of Casino Players: Richest Gamblers in 2021

Playing poker is not only one of the most interesting and exciting pastimes for millions of people from all over the world. It also makes real professionals very wealthy people who are happy to say that they earned their money with their own mind and knowledge, often risking large sums of money. 

It is hard to determine the richest player because it is almost impossible to get information on the casinos list in Japan. Therefore, this list has been compiled based on the prize money won in live tournaments.

Top 10 richest players

  • Bryn Kenney — $56,400,000

In 2019, Kenney won over $30 million, as well as he earned $20,563,000 participating in Triton Million — the most expensive tournament in poker history. Bryn has secured the biggest win in a poker tournament since he made a profitable heads-up deal.

  • Justin Bonomo — $49,100,000

The largest win was less than half of the player’s total profit for the year. He won $10,000,000 for winning The Big One for One Drop at the 2018 WSOP.

  • Daniel Negreanu — $42,050,000

A former member of the PokerStars Pro team and now GGPoker Ambassador, Negreanu has won many tournaments throughout his successful and long career, which made it possible for him to climb to the top of the ranking of the richest tournament players. However, he would not have earned so much if not for the One Drop tournament, where Negreanu took second place and earned $8,288,001 — the biggest prize of his life.

  • Erik Seidel — $37,700,000

Since 1988, he has shown truly outstanding results, winning six-figure prizes over and over again in the most prestigious events. His biggest poker win of $2.47 million is for first place in the $250,000 Super High Roller at the 2011 Aussie Millions Poker Championship.

  • Dan Smith — $36,740,000

Dan Smith has consistently shown good games and high profits, but the last 4 years were the most successful in his career, which brought him almost $27 million in total. Smith earned $10.7 million, mainly due to third place in the Triton Million, which brought the poker player $8.7 million.

  • Stephen Chidwick — $34,070,000

Since 2013, the player’s annual profit in live events is at least $1,000,000. In 2018, Stephen made a huge leap, winning $10.2 million, and a year later, he broke his own record, having won $13,146,000 in 2019. Chidwick won $5.3 million of this amount, taking 4th place in the Triton Million and another $1.6 million — becoming the WSOP PLO High Roller champion.

  • David Peters — $33,700,000

If the world of poker organizes an expensive tournament with a huge prize pool, you can be sure that David Peters will definitely play in it. 2018 turned out to be extremely successful for the American. He managed to win over $10 million and break into the top rankings of the most profitable tournament players in the world. In 2019, Peters added another $4,000,000 to this amount.

  • Jason Koon — $31,100,000

For the first time, his seven-figure winnings for the year were obtained in 2013, then he earned $1.4 million. He began to gain momentum again in 2016. The player has 8 seven-figure wins, three of which are for victories and the final of the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series tournaments.

  • Steve O’Dwyer — $30,470,000

The Irish-American poker player is now a famous, multi-million dollar high roller. He has been in poker for over 10 years, but he has only become a regular at expensive O’Dwyer tournaments since 2015. He has 6 seven-figure results and two more wins, which are quite a bit short of the sum of $1,000,000 each.

 

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