The biggest winners in live poker and their earnings

Every poker player dreams of one day being able to make a living from their hobby. However, the path to becoming a professional poker player is long and challenging. Only a few can turn their hobby into a profession. provides an overview of the biggest winners in live poker and their prize money. Discover the inspiring stories of those who have managed to reach the top and earn substantial rewards through their poker skills. Join the world of high-stakes poker and witness firsthand the excitement and potential for financial success that awaits the dedicated and skilled players.

The website The Hendon Mob provides clues about the live winnings of professional poker players. The Hendon Mob is the most renowned tracking site for live tournaments worldwide and was founded back in 2001 by Joe Beevers, Ram Vaswani, and the Boatman brothers, Barny and Ross. Since July 2013, The Hendon Mob has been a part of Zokay Entertainment, the company behind the Global Poker Index (GPI). The GPI has rapidly evolved into the leading tournament ranking system in the poker scene, serving as a sort of poker world ranking.

Daniel Negreanu

Topping the "All time Money List" is the Canadian pro poker player Daniel Negreanu, currently holding a staggering $32.3 million. Negreanu clinched this coveted position following his second-place finish at the WSOP "Big One for One Drop" in 2014, raking in a hefty sum of $8.2 million. With an impressive record, Negreanu has accumulated six WSOP Bracelets throughout his career. Remarkably, he secured his first bracelet at the tender age of 23, making him the youngest player ever to achieve such a feat. This victory also earned him the renowned moniker "Kid Poker."

Daniel Negreanu, the most recognizable face in the world of poker, has achieved numerous accolades throughout his career. He holds the distinction of being the only player to have won the "WSOP Player of the Year" title twice, in 2004 and 2013. Additionally, the Global Poker Index (GPI) bestowed upon him the prestigious title of "Player of the Decade" for the period spanning from 2004 to 2013. Since 2007, Negreanu has been a valued member of Team PokerStars Pro. In a testament to his extraordinary talent and contributions to the game, he was inducted into the esteemed Poker Hall of Fame in November 2014, becoming the youngest player ever to receive this honor.

Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari, the current top American poker player, holds the second position in the esteemed "All Time Money List." His total live winnings amount to a staggering $26.4 million. Esfandiari attained immortality in July 2012 when he emerged victorious in the WSOP, triumphing in the monumental $1 million "The Big One for One Drop" event and claiming an astonishing $18.3 million prize. In the intense heads-up battle, he surpassed English high roller Sam Trickett, securing the second-place finish for Trickett. This victory stands as the highest ever recorded in the history of poker. Throughout his career, Esfandiari has amassed a remarkable three WSOP bracelets, in addition to two World Poker Tour titles, which awarded him substantial cash prizes of $870,000 and $1.4 million.

Dan Colman

Dan Colman, the American poker player, currently holds the fourth position on the "All Time Money List" with a staggering $25.2 million in winnings. What sets Colman apart is his remarkable ascent in the rankings, going from a modest 1,971st place in April 2014. What ensued can only be described as an extraordinary and unprecedented streak in the history of poker. In just six months, Colman triumphed in every possible competition, amassing an unprecedented level of victories.

In September 2014, Dan Colman emerged victorious in the Main Event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, walking away with a staggering $1.4 million in prize money. A few months earlier, in April, he achieved a remarkable triumph at the EPT Grand Final Super High Roller, earning a whopping $2,127,398. Following this sensational win, Colman continued his winning streak by claiming the coveted title at the 2014 "Big One for One Drop" event in June, adding a remarkable $15.3 million to his already impressive bankroll. Demonstrating his unwavering skill and dedication, he secured a second-place finish in the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller event, pocketing an additional $1.1 million. Not one to rest on his laurels, Colman further solidified his place among the poker elite by conquering the WPT Alpha 8 Event at the prestigious Mayfair Casino London in October, where he accumulated an impressive $957,396 in winnings. Despite a recent lull in his poker pursuits, there is no doubt that Colman's remarkable achievements have firmly established him as an indomitable force in the world of professional poker, ensuring his enduring presence on the prestigious "All Time Money List," where he currently holds an impressive fourth-place ranking.

Phil Ivey

One of the ultimate superstars in the world of poker is the American Phil Ivey. Currently ranked 5th on the "All Time Money List," he has accumulated winnings of 23.8 million dollars. Throughout his career, Ivey has managed to secure ten WSOP Bracelets, solidifying his reputation as the greatest all-around player in the world. In the year 2002 alone, he claimed three of the highly coveted bracelets at the WSOP.

In December 1998, Phil Ivey achieved his first ever live cash. Back then, he emerged victorious in a Seven Card Stud tournament in Atlantic City, taking home a prize of $1,000. Fast forward to November 2005, and he significantly upped his game by triumphing in the Monte Carlo Millions for a whopping $1 million. However, it was in February 2014 that Ivey clinched the largest payout of his career. Astoundingly, he won over $3.5 million by conquering the $250,000 Challenge at the Aussie Millions.

Sam Trickett

The English paragraph for the new website: Among the top-ranking players in the "All Time Money List" is Sam Trickett, hailing from England. He has maneuvered his way to the impressive seventh position with live winnings totaling a staggering $20.5 million. A significant portion of this prize money was earned when he secured second place in the 2012 WSOP "Big One for One Drop," which offered a remarkable reward of over $10 million. Trickett has been a professional poker player since 2005, and his exceptional skill has brought him remarkable success in notable events such as the Aussie Millions and the WSOP APAC in Australia. In these tournaments, he triumphed and amassed prizes exceeding $1 million each.

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth, the US-American poker player, is an undeniable presence in any list of the biggest live poker winners. Ranking at number 8 on the prestigious "All Time Money List," Hellmuth has amassed a staggering $19.3 million in earnings. What truly sets Hellmuth apart is his remarkable record of WSOP Bracelets. Throughout his career, he has won an astounding 14 bracelets at the World Series of Poker, including the illustrious 1989 WSOP Main Event and the thrilling 2012 WSOPE Main Event. In a remarkable display of skill and tenacity, Hellmuth even secured three bracelets in a single year, an achievement accomplished over three consecutive days in 1993. Recognizing his immense contributions to the game, Hellmuth was rightfully inducted into the esteemed Poker Hall of Fame in 2007. However, it is impossible to speak of Hellmuth without acknowledging his controversial and self-assured demeanor, which has earned him the moniker "The Poker Brat." His unapologetic arrogance and seemingly inflated demeanor have made him a polarizing figure in the world of poker.

Martin Jacobson

Ranked 13th on the "All Time Money List" is the Swedish professional Martin Jacobson. While he grew up in Stockholm, he currently resides in London. In 2008, Jacobson turned pro and has since accumulated over $15 million in tournament winnings throughout his career. At the age of 18, Jacobson first encountered poker and taught himself the rules, tricks, and nuances of the game through televised broadcasts. After several years of home games and participating in off- and online freerolls, he eventually earned a tournament ticket for the EPT Budapest. This forced Jacobson to reconsider his original plan of moving to Barcelona to become a chef at a renowned restaurant.

During the EPT Main Event in Budapest, in only his third live tournament as an active participant, he clinched the third spot and was awarded a well-deserved prize of €197,904. Shortly after, he made waves in the EPT Season 7 by setting a record with three final table appearances in a single season. His remarkable achievements earned him prestigious accolades such as "Online Qualifier of the Year" and the runner-up title in the "EPT Player of the Year" selection. The pinnacle of his career, however, came in 2014 when he triumphed in the WSOP Main Event, claiming a monumental prize of $10 million.

Vanessa Self

The top-ranked female player on the "All Time Money List" is Vanessa Selbst, a US-American professional poker player. She is currently positioned at number 23, with a staggering $11.7 million in earnings. Selbst's first recorded cash on the Hendon Mob database dates back to 2006. Among her notable achievements are winning the Main Event of the Partouche Poker Tour in 2010, where she pocketed a handsome $1.8 million in prize money. Additionally, she claimed the top spot at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $25,500 High Roller Event in 2013, taking home a cool $1.4 million. Notably, Selbst is the only woman to have ever reached the coveted first place on the Global Poker Index. In addition to her remarkable achievements, she has also earned three WSOP Bracelets and is a proud member of the esteemed Team PokerStars Pro.

Tobias Reinkemeier

The "All Time Money List" ranks Tobias Reinkemeier, the top Irish poker professional, at 30th place. Reinkemeier has accumulated an impressive $10.5 million in winnings at live poker tables. His largest prize money came in 2014 during the WSOP's "Big One for One Drop" event, where he secured 2 million dollars for a remarkable 5th place finish.

Reinkemeier secured his first triumph in 2007 at the EPT Dortmund, emerging victorious in a €500 No Limit Hold'em competition, raking in a prize money of €30,000. The initial major coup came in 2010, where Reinkemeier triumphed in the €25,500 High Roller Event during the EPT Grand Final, amassing a staggering prize of $1.2 million. Throughout his career, he accumulated substantial winnings in various high-stakes tournaments, although another victory has eluded him thus far. Further significant cash prizes bolstered his portfolio, adding to his illustrious journey.