Love online poker? You’re not alone! An estimated 40 million players regularly engage in online poker, with nearly 7 million American who play online for real money at least once a month! Online poker enables players to turn a profit, all in the comforts of home — and when we say ‘profit,’ we’re not talking grandma’s nickel games. No, no –when it comes to online poker, the rules are very simple: play big, win bigger!
A perfect example are the top poker pros who proudly boast some profitable earnings. Based on tournament winnings, we first take a look at Antonio Esfandiari, with total earnings that average a mind blowing, $24,875,466 payout. Sam Trickett follows suit in second, with a hefty $18,737,574! Erik Seidel is another top payout earner, with $18,475,609, and Daniel Negreanu ($18,392,103) closely behind. Finally, we have Phil Hellmuth, who has taken home a cool $15,821,111 in poker payouts. Not too shabby at all, gentlemen!
When it comes to poker pros and the coveted WSOP bracelets, Phil Hellmuth has earned 13 bracelets and achieved 1 main event win, while Doyle Brunson has been awarded 10 bracelets and achieved 2 main event wins. Johnny Chan has earned 10 bracelets and achieved 2 main event wins, followed by Phil Ivey, with 9 bracelets and zero event wins. Lastly — we take a look at Johnny Moss, with a record of 9 bracelets earned, and 3 event wins.
Antonio Esfandiari’s favorite hands are “7/9” (or as he refers to it, “The Persian Carpet Ride”). Doyle Brunson’s favorite hands are 10/2, in addition to Daniel Negreanu’s 10/7, and the two Phils (Ivey and Hellmuth) who both favor 9/9.
The number online poker site (based on a 7-day average of the number of online players) goes to PokerStars, with 20800 players, followed by Full Tilt Poker, with 2450 players. iPoker, at number 3, boasts 2250 players, while 888Poker averages 2100 players, and PartyPoker has an estimated 1960 players.
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