Top 10 Poker Players September 1, 2020 Adrian Sterne https://top10pokersites.net

Top 10 Poker Players

Last Updated September 1, 2020 by Adrian Sterne

top 10 poker playersAs well as winning as many poker tournaments and poker games as possible, every poker player wants to win the most cash during one year as by doing so they will be crowned the best player of that year. To find out which poker rooms these poker players play have a look at online poker USA page  if you are from US and online poker UK if you are from United Kingdom.

There are of course many different and unique ways that you can rate poker players, but at the end of the day it is always going to be those that have earned the most in poker tournament winnings that are going to be the ones who make the headlines.

With that in mind I have put together the following list of the top 10 poker players of 2020 by winnings they have so far achieved.
One thing that will of course become very apparent as you peruse this list, and that is the winnings those listed below have managed to walk off with have been huge, and with the current poker circuit being what it is in these times of lockdown, we probably are not going to see the positions on this list change in the very near future.

Top 10 Poker Players 2020 by Poker Winnings

  1. Bryn Kenney

    Bryn Kenney

    • Age: 33
    • Country: United States
    • Total live earnings: $56,403,502
    • Best live cash: $20,563,324
    • Twitter profile: @BrynKenney

    Bryn Kenny is the current number one rated poker player, having won $56,403,502 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Bryn Kenney on any one single tournament was $20,563,324.

    He is an American citizen and currently resides in New York.

  2. Justin Bonomo

    Justin Bonomo

    • Age: 34
    • Country: United States
    • Total live earnings: $49,128,105
    • Best live cash: $10,000,000
    • Twitter profile: @justinbonomo

    Justin Bonomo is the current number two rated poker player, having won $49,128,105 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Justin Bonomo on any one single tournament was $10,000,000.

    He is an American citizen and currently resides in Vancouver in Canada.

  3. Daniel Negreanu

    Daniel Negreanu

    • Age: 46
    • Country: Canada
    • Total live earnings: $42,053,305
    • Best live cash: $8,288,001
    • Twitter profile: @realkidpoker

    Daniel Negreanu is the current number three rated poker player, having won $42,053,305 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Daniel Negreanu on any one single tournament was $8,288,001.

    He is a Canadian citizen and currently resides in Las Vegas.

  4. Erik Seidel

    Erik Seidel

    • Age: 60
    • Country: United States
    • Total live earnings: $37,748,126
    • Best live cash: $2,472,555
    • Twitter profile: @erik_seidel

    Erik Seidel is the current number four rated poker player, having won $37,748,126 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Erik Seidel on any one single tournament was $2,472,555.

    He is an American citizen and currently resides in Las Vegas

  5. Dan Smith

    Dan Smith

    • Age: 31
    • Country: United States
    • Total live earnings: $36,742,719
    • Best live cash: $8,765,628
    • Twitter profile: @DanSmithHolla

    Dan Smith is the current number five rated poker player, having won $36,742,719 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Dan Smith on any one single tournament was $8,765,628.

    He is an American citizen and currently resides in Las Vegas

  6. Stephen Chidwick

    Stephen Chidwick

    • Age: 31
    • Country: United Kingdom
    • Total live earnings: $34,387,646
    • Best live cash: $5,368,947
    • Twitter profile: @stephenchidwick

    Stephen Chidwick is the current number six rated poker player, having won $34,387,646 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Stephen Chidwick on any one single tournament was $5,368,947.

    He is a British citizen and currently resides in Deal in Kent in the UK.

  7. David Peters

    David Peters

    • Age: 33
    • Country: United States
    • Total live earnings: $33,737,539
    • Best live cash: $2,699,752
    • Twitter profile: @dpeterspoker17

    David Peters is the current number seven rated poker player, having won $33,737,539 to date during his poker career. The highest amount won by David Peters on any one single tournament was $2,699,752. He is an American citizen and currently resides in Las Vegas.

  8. Fedor Holz

    Fedor Holz

    • Age: 27
    • Country: Germany
    • Total live earnings: $32,556,377
    • Best live cash: $6,000,000
    • Twitter profile: @CrownUpGuy

    Fedor Holz is the current number eight rated poker player, having won $32,556,377 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Fedor Holz on any one single tournament was $6,000,000.

    He is a German citizen and currently resides in Vienna in Austria.

  9. Jason Koon

    Jason Koon

    • Age: 35
    • Country: United States
    • Total live earnings: $31,101,728
    • Best live cash: $3,579,836
    • Twitter profile: @JasonKoon

    Jason Koon is the current number nine rated poker player, having won $31,101,728 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Jason Koon on any one single tournament was $3,579,836.

    He is an American citizen and currently resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

  10. Steve O’Dwyer

    Steve O'Dwyer

    • Age: 35
    • Country: United States
    • Total live earnings: $30,471,478
    • Best live cash: $1,872,580
    • Twitter profile: @steveodwyer

    Steve O’Dwyer is the current number ten rated poker player, having won $30,471,478 to date during his poker career.

    The highest amount won by Steve O’Dwyer on any one single tournament was $1,872,580.

    He is an American citizen and currently resides in Dublin Ireland

  11. Top 10 Poker Players 2017

    Below you will find the top 10 poker players for 2017 based on the total winnings achieved by each player, and as such any future winnings may affect the position on this listing of the best worldwide poker players!

    We have put together some interesting player profiles for each player, which will let you not only know where they live and reside, but also give you a deeper insight into each particular poker player.

    As you are about to find out the listed poker players below have walked away with some truly magnificent cash prizes and have travelled all over the world to enable them to do just that!

    1. Antonio Esfandiari

      Antonio Esfandiari

      • Nickname(s) – The Magician.
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 41
      • Total European Cashes – 1
      • Total APAC Cashes – 1
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 2
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 3
      • Total Earnings – $21,965,385

      Most recent first place tournament win came in a WSOP Circuit Tournament held in the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles, it was ring event number 9 called the $1,675 Main Event which had a buy-in of $1,675 and Antonio Esfandiari finished first and won $226,785.

    2. Daniel Colman

      Daniel Colman

      • Nickname(s) – mrGR33N13
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 8
      • Total European Cashes – 1
      • Total APAC Cashes – 0
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 0
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 1
      • Total Earnings – $17,226,010

      The most recent first place tournament win for Dan Colman was at the 45th Annual World Series of Poker, in the Big One for One Drop – $1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament. He finished first in that event and won $15,306,668.00.

    3. Daniel Negreanu

      Daniel Negreanu

      • Nickname(s) – Kid Poker
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 80
      • Total European Cashes – 10
      • Total APAC Cashes – 2
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 2
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 6
      • Total Earnings – $16,378,571

      At the time of compiling this guide the most recent Daniel Negreanu first place poker tournament win was in a World Series of Poker Europe Event number eight. That being a €25,600 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em High Roller event in which he won for finishing first a prize valued at some €725,000.

    4. Jonathan Duhamel

      • Nickname(s) – None
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 26
      • Total European Cashes – 4
      • Total APAC Cashes – 4
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 4
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 3
      • Total Earnings – $14,489,866

      Jonathan Duhamel is a regular on the poker tournament circuit, his last major first place tournament win was way back in the 2015 World Series of Poker Europe Event, that was a €25,600 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament in which for coming first he won a very respectable €554,395.

    5. Phil Hellmuth

      Phil Hellmuth

      • Nickname(s) – The Poker Brat
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 109
      • Total European Cashes – 8
      • Total APAC Cashes – 2
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 1
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 14
      • Total Earnings – $13,606,825

      Much like all other professional poker players Phil Hellmuth does enter a large number of big money poker tournaments, and is was in the 2015 46th Annual World Series of Poker Event that being the $10,000 buy-in Razz Championship that he finished first and took home prize money of $271,105.

    6. Jamie Gold

      Jaime Gold

      • Nickname(s) – Comeback Kid
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 5
      • Total European Cashes – 1
      • Total APAC Cashes – 0
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 2
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 1
      • Total Earnings – $12,339,421

      It has been quite a number of years since Jamie Gold did finish first in a major poker tournament event, and that was in the 2006 37th Annual World Series of Poker Event which was a $10,000 buy in No-Limit Hold’em event in which he won $12,000,000.

    7. Sam Trickett

      Sam Trickett

      • Nickname(s) – Tricky
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 13
      • Total European Cashes – 1
      • Total APAC Cashes – 0
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 0
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 0
      • Total Earnings – $11,270,518

      To date Sam Trickett has not come first in a major poker tournament, however it was his second place finish in the 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker Event that being the Big One for One Drop Event with a $1,000,000 buy-in in which he finished second that saw him win $10,112,001 that has catapulted him onto this list of the top 10 players.

    8. Martin Jacobson

      Martin Jacobson

      • Nickname(s) – None
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 21
      • Total European Cashes – 2
      • Total APAC Cashes – 0
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 0
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 0
      • Total Earnings – $11,251,708

      Martin Jacobson’s last first place tournament win was in the 2014 45th Annual World Series of Poker Event that was a $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event in which he finished first and took home $10,000,000.

    9. Greg Merson

      • Nickname(s) – gregy20723
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 16
      • Total European Cashes – 0
      • Total APAC Cashes – 0
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 1
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 2
      • Total Earnings – $10,159,495

      Greg Merson continues to get placed in many poker tournaments, however his most recent big win came in the 2012 43rd Annual World Series of Poker Event that being a $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em event in which he won the first prize cash prize of some $8,531,853.

    10. Joe Cada

      • Nickname(s) – The Kid
      • Total WSOP Cashes – 16
      • Total European Cashes – 0
      • Total APAC Cashes – 0
      • Total Circuit Cashes – 1
      • Total WSOP Bracelets – 2
      • Total Earnings – $10,021,857

      Joe Cada continues to get placed in a huge number of poker tournaments however his last first prize win came in the 2014 45th Annual World Series of Poker Event which was a $10,000 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship event in which he came first and took home $670,041.

    Top 10 Poker Players of 2014 – 2015

    1. Daniel Negreanu

      Daniel Negreanu

      • Nickname(s) – Kid Poker
      • Residence – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 36.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 6.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Omaha 8 N/L.
      • Total winnings – $30,516,290 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on January 12th 2015, in the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure EPT Event, where he came 14th and picked up a cash prize of $89,100.

    2. Antonio Esfandiari

      Antonio Esfandiari

      • Nickname(s) – The Magician.
      • Residence – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 6.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 3.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $25,541,952 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on November 20th 2014, in the Party Poker WPT Montreal Season 13 Event, where he came 25th and picked up a cash prize of $14,529.

    3. Daniel Colman

      Daniel Colman

      • Nickname(s) – mrGR33N13
      • Residence – Holden, MA, USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 4.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 1.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $222,810,152 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on November 1st 2014, in the Poker stars APPT 8 – Asia Championship of Poker (ACOP) Event, where he came 7th and picked up a cash prize of $374,140.

    4. Erik Seidel

      Erik Seidel

      • Nickname(s) – Sly / Seiborg
      • Residence – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 23
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 8
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $21,083,047 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on January 8th 2015, in the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure EPT Event, where he came 7th and picked up a cash prize of $24,460

    5. Sam Trickett

      Sam Trickett

      • Nickname(s) – Tricky
      • Residence – East Retford, Nottingham UK.
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 9.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 0.
      • Favorite Poker Game – No Limit Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $19,439,355 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on October 16th 2014, in the Pokerstars.com EPT London Event, where he came 20th and picked up a cash prize of $34,772

    6. Phil Ivey

      Phil Ivey

      • Nickname(s) – The Tiger Woods of Poker / No Home Jerome
      • Residence – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 25.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 10.
      • Favorite Poker Game – No Limit Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $19,224,828 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on November 11th 2014, in the 45th World Series of Poker 2014 Event, where he came 430th and picked up a cash prize of $25,756.

    7. Phil Hellmuth

      >Phil Hellmuth

      • Nickname(s) – The Poker Brat
      • Residence – Palo Alto, California USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 25.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 13.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em
      • Total winnings – $16,163,208 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on November 14th 2014, in the Pittsburgh Poker Open Fall Series Event, where he came 1st and picked up a cash prize of $54,414

    8. Martin Jacobson

      Martin Jacobson

      • Nickname(s) – None
      • Residence – Stockholm, Sweden
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 3.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 1.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em
      • Total winnings – $15,094,482 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on December 16th 2014, in the EPT Prague Event, where he came 2nd and picked up a cash prize of $86,889

    9. Michael Mizrachi

      Michael Mizrachi

      • Nickname(s) – The Grinder
      • Residence – Hollywood, Florida USA.
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 20.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 3.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $14,322,359 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on June 16th 2014, in the 45th World Series of Poker 2014, where he came 44th and picked up a cash prize of $11,141

    10. John Juanda

      John Juanda

      • Nickname(s) – JJ / Luckbox
      • Residence – Marina Del Rey, California USA.
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – 25.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – 5.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em
      • Total winnings – $14,219,686 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on November 11th 2014, in the 45th World Series of Poker 2014, where he came 293rd and picked up a cash prize of $33,734

    Top 10 Poker Players of 2012 – 2013

    1. Antonio Esfandiari

      Antonio Esfandiari

      • Nickname(s) – The Magician.
      • Residence – San Francisco, California USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Six.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – Three.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $23,257,484 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on December 4th of 2012, in the Five Star World Championship Event, where he came 4th and picked up a cash prize of $329,339.

    2. Erik Seidel

      Erik Seidel

      • Nickname(s) – Sly / Seiborg
      • Residence – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Twenty Three
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – Eight
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $17,285,021 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on August 17th 2012 at the Poker Stars EPT Event in Barcelona where he was placed sixth and picked up a $220,341 cash prize.

    3. Sam Trickett

      Sam Trickett

      • Nickname(s) – Tricky
      • Residence – East Retford, Nottingham UK.
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Eight.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – None.
      • Favorite Poker Game – No Limit Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $16,613,853 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on July 1st at the World Series of Poker 43rd Event where he was placed 2nd and picked up a cash prize of $10,112,001.

    4. Daniel Negreanu

      Daniel Negreanu

      • Nickname(s) – Kid Poker
      • Residence – Toronto, Ontario Canada
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Thirty Four.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – Four.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Omaha 8 N/L.
      • Total winnings – $16,532,751 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on October 20th 2012 where he finished 3rd in the Fiesta Al Lago Event and picked up a cash prize of some $38,679.

    5. Phil Hellmuth

      Phil Hellmuth

      • Nickname(s) – The Poker Brat
      • Residence – Palo Alto, California USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Twenty Three.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – Thirteen.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Hold’em
      • Total winnings – $15,409,230 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on September 29th 2012, at the World Series of Poker European Event where he finished 1st and picked up a cash prize of some $1,466,613.

    6. Phil Ivey

      Phil Ivey

      • Nickname(s) – The Tiger Woods of Poker / No Home Jerome
      • Residence – Las Vegas, Nevada USA
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Twenty Two.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – Eight.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $14,660,084 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on was on July 4th at the World Series of Poker 43rd Event where he was placed 208th and picked up a cash prize of $3,119.

    7. Michael Mizrachi

      Michael Mizrachi

      • Nickname(s) – The Grinder
      • Residence – Hollywood, Florida USA.
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Eighteen.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – Two.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $14,041,590 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on November 23rd 2012 at the Mohegan Sun National Championships where he finished 18th and won a $1,184 cash prize.

    8. John Juanda

      John Juanda

      • Nickname(s) – JJ / Luckbox
      • Residence – Marina Del Rey, California USA.
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Twenty Four.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – Four.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Hold’em, P/L N/L.
      • Total winnings – $13,077,468 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on October 2nd 2012 in the World Series of Poker Europe Event where he finished 2nd and won a cash prize of $860,709.

    9. Jamie Gold

      Jaime Gold

      • Nickname(s) – Comeback Kid
      • Residence – Malibu, California USA.
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Two.
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – One.
      • Favorite Poker Game – Hold’em
      • Total winnings – $12,238,161(inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on May 31st 2012 at the LA Poker Series Event where he finished 4th and won a cash prize of $2,720.

    10. Joe Hachem

      Joe Hachem

      • Nickname(s) – Diamond Joe / Hash
      • Residence – Melbourne Australia
      • No. of times placed 1st in a poker tournament – Three
      • No. of World Series of Poker bracelets held – One
      • Favorite Poker Game – Texas Hold’em.
      • Total winnings – $11,655,609 (inc. poker tournament prizes)

      Most recent prize paying position in a poker tournament was on the 24th September 2012 at the World Series of Poker European Event where he finished 6th and picked up a prize pot of some $36,566.

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