Poker has changed dramatically from a recreational activity to an increasingly popular card game with professional players as well as millions of dollars in tournament prize money. The game has benefited tremendously from the numerous TV shows as well as the growth of the internet era which brought with it more fans, players, websites as well as more money flooding the industry. There is a saying that goes with games involving chance - ‘The house always wins’. These Professionals are living proof that it is not true at least in the case of Poker, further strengthening its position as a game of skill.
Born on 2nd July 1986, Sam Trickett is a Professional Poker player from Nottinghamshire, England. Trickett began playing poker in 2005 after suffering a knee injury that ended his career as a professional footballer. He is currently the fifth highest earner in tournament play of all time, and is best known for his runner-up finish against Antonio Esfandiari in the Big One for One Drop, racking up over $10 Million Dollars in Prize money.
Erik Seidel is an American professional poker player who has won an incredible eight World Series of Poker bracelets as well as a World Poker Tour title which also got him $1 Million in Cash Prize. Seidel originally was a backgammon player and also dabbed his hands in the stock market at one point. Back in 2011, he was ranked as the best poker player in the world for 15 weeks straight. His net worth is approximately $41 million.
Born on 1st February, 1977, Phillip Dennis Ivey Jr. Is an American professional poker player who was at one time considered to be the best all round player on the planet. Ivey has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour tile, and appeared in no less than nine World Poker Tour final tables.
Nicknamed ‘The Tiger Woods of Poker’ for his successful run, Ivey is currently tied with Jhonny Chan and Doyle Brunson for second most all-time World Series of Poker Bracelet holders with 10 in the bag. His estimated net worth is over $100 Million.
Phillip Jerome Hellmuth Jr. Is an American Poker Pro who has won a record of fourteen World Series of Poker Bracelets. In 2007, Hellmuth was inducted into the poker hall of fame for his achievements in the field. He has also won the World series of Poker Maint Event (WSOP) in 1989 as well as World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE) Maint Event in 2012.
As of August 2017, Hellmuth has over $14 Million in cashes at WSOP and ranks fifth in the WSOP all time Money List. His net worth is Approximately $22 Million.
Antonio ‘The Magician’ Esfandiari is a professional poker player who was formerly a professional magician known for his elaborate chip and card tricks. After taking up poker, Esfandiari has done quite well for himself.
In addition to winning two World Poker Tour (WPT) championships and three World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets in his career, Esfandiari has appeared in numerous poker television shows such as Poker After Dark and High Stakes Poker. His biggest win came in the form of a $1 Million buy-in tournament “Big One for One Drop” in 2012, earning him $18,346,673 which was the largest cash prize in the history of poker.
His net worth is Approximately $20 Million.