How much money do you think the winner of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) takes home? You might think $50,000 or even $100,00. Some more intuitive gamblers might guesstimate more like a million dollars. We are going to review the top 12 winners with the highest winnings of all-time. Chances are you will be surprised as we go from the lowest to the highest.
Jerry Yang, from Laos, won the 38th WSOP Main Event in 2007. He took home quite a bit more than a million dollars! His total take was $8.25 million. Now you have an idea of what these Poker players can win in these high-stake games.
The 11th biggest winner was Ryan Reiss, 23, from the USA. He captured the first prize at the 2013 WSOP Main Event. His prize amounted to more than $8.3 million. He defeated more than 6,000 other players to become the champion.
Former drug addict Greg Merson, an inspiration due to his overcoming financial and psychological difficulties, took home $8.52 million. Merson, from the US, was the winner of the 2012 WSOP Main Event. He also added another title as 2012’s WSOP Player of the Year.
The youngest player to ever win the WSOP Main Event was Joe Cada. The USA native won the tournament in 2009 when he was 21-years-old. Cada is not only a Poker player he is also a professional indoor soccer player.
Paul Heinz was the first German player to ever win the WSOP Main Event. He won in 2011 and took home more than $8.7 million making him the eighth-highest winner of all time.
Coming in at seventh place, Canadian Jonathan Duhamel took home the 2010 WSOP Main Event of more than $8.9 million. He became the first Canadian to win the WSOP Gold Bracelet. Duhamel, as a grand gesture, gave $100,000 to the Canadian Children’s Foundation.
In 2008 the WSOP Main Event champion was 22-year-old Peter Eastgate from Denmark. His winnings totaled more than $9.1 million making him the sixth-highest winning Poker player. Instead of keeping his WSOP Gold Bracelet he auctioned it off and donated the $147,000 to UNICEF.
Professional Poker player Martin Jacobsen, from Sweden, was the 5th largest single event prize winner in 2014. He presently lives in London and he took home a prize of $10 million. The WSOP Main Event winner came from behind to win the main event.
The 2006 WSOP Main Event winner was US-born Jamie Gold. He is president of a production with an entertainment company known as Buzznation. Gold won the final pot and took home $12 million making him the fourth largest Poker winner.
A Chinese professional Poker player became the third-largest Poker winner by winning the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza. Elton Tsang took home more than $12.2 million. The Canadian born Tsang, now living in Hong Kong, has invested his money in different projects as well as buying a variety of property.
Coming in at Number Two, Dan Colman, from the US, took home the huge jackpot in 2014. The WSOP Main Event awarded him with more than $15.3 million. After his win, he became known, on social media, for showing no signs of joy following his win.
This brings us to the Number One biggest Poker winners of all time. This fantastic award goes to Antonio Esfandiari from Iran. In the 2012 WSOP Main Event, he took home an amazing amount of more than $18.3 million. Esfandiari is a former professional magician. He was well-known for his unique tricks with poker chips.
These are the 12 all-time highest winners of Poker pots. It is difficult to believe that one person could win more than $18 million dollars playing a game of Poker; however, Antonio Esfandiari is proof that it did, and can, happen.