If you’ve ever watched poker on television, you’re already well aware of the massive stakes that these tournaments sometimes offer. If players consistently perform strongly in these games, the potential for huge winnings isn’t just present, it’s practically guaranteed. So, which players are the strongest of the strong among the poker playing ranks? If you judge strength based on net worth, it becomes clear that a few power players have established themselves as top of the class. Let’s take a look at some of the richest male poker players to ever play the game.
This professional poker player has built an estimated net worth of $150 million through powerful investments, notable poker championships and roles in multiple Hollywood blockbusters. At the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event, Bilzerian finished in 180th place and claimed winnings of over $36,000, but his influence on the world of poker goes beyond his time at the tables. This wealthy gambler also co-founded Victory Poker, an online poker room, and was signed by a well-known online casino company to front its TV advertising campaign.
In addition to being the holder of ten World Series of Poker bracelets and one World Poker Tour title, Ivey has racked up a net worth of approximately $100 million through his play in poker tournaments. Playing since his teenage years in Atlantic City, Ivey has formidable skills at the tables. This success has led to multiple interesting nicknames over the years, including “No Home Jerome” (a reference to the fake ID he used to play before he reached legal age), “The Phenom” (a show of respect after he claimed three World Series of Poker bracelets in 2002), and “the Tiger Woods of Poker” (for his unrelenting dominance of his sport).
“Mister Cool” is best known for his runner up finish at the World Series of Poker main event in 2003 (which netted a cool $1.3 million), but he has also claimed three bracelets over the years. This consistent play has helped the Lebanese immigrant build a net worth of approximately $100 million. When the Lebanese civil war broke out, Farha moved to the United States. After relocating to Houston for work, he discovered poker, and the rest is history. Unlike some of the other men on this list, the majority of Farha’s new worth has been claimed directly through wins at the poker tables.
Whether through perfect play at the tables or a combination of money making ventures, these three poker players are proof that there’s money to be made if you’ve got the necessary skills. Expect other players to emerge as major earners moving forward, as the pots at major poker tournaments continue to get larger as time goes by. Who will be the next $100 million man in the world of high stakes poker? There are certainly some leading candidates, but luck can change in the blink of an eye with the right cards. One thing is for sure, however. It’s going to be a fun journey to watch!