Ranked by their total winnings up to the beginning of 2015, this is a rundown of the best poker players around the world.
Daniel Negreanu, nicknamed Kid Poker, is widely regarded as the world’s best poker player. Having won six World Series of Poker Bracelets and 36 tournaments in total throughout his career, the Toronto-born poker star has amassed prize money in excess of $30 million.
Next up is Antonio Esfandiari, a 36-year-old Iranian poker star known as The Magician. Esfandiari has won three World Series of Poker Bracelets during a career that has netted him over $25 million. He started out as a magician, hence the name, but switched to poker at 19.
Daniel Colman is a relative newcomer to the poker scene, but at the age of 25 has won over $22 million. Notably, the American secured the 2014 Big One for One Drop and $15 million in prize money at the World Series of Poker, beating out competition from Daniel Negreanu.
Erik “Sly” Seidel is one of the most decorated poker players around, with a World Poker Tour win and eight World Series bracelets to his name. Dropping out of college to pursue a poker career, Seidel won his first World Series of Poker in 1992 and has never looked back, amassing $21 million in winnings.
Regarded as one of the best poker players in Britain, Sam Trickett has won just under $20 million since giving up a career in football. Plagued by a serious knee injury, the Nottingham-born player switched to poker and has so far won nine poker tournaments.