Have you ever had the dream that you were playing in the World Series of Poker? If so, and you turned out to be the winner, how much money did you win? It’s really hard to believe what the champions take home. Let’s take a look at some of the top 12 winners of all time.
The biggest winner was Antonio Esfandiari. The Iranian champion took home $18,346.673. Esfandiari has been nicknamed ‘The Magician.’ He gained his nickname as he was formerly a professional magician. He was widely known because he performed some very unique tricks with his poker chips. The magician won the WSOP in 2012.
The second-largest winner was Daniel Colman, 23. In June 2014 he went home with $15.3 million The champ is famous as an online Poker player. His interesting story is that he thought about leaving Poker for good. After this decision, he applied for college. The American discovered he messed up his applications and decided to give gambling one more shot.
The third-largest WSOP pot went to Elton Tsang. The Chinese professional won $12.2 million at the 2016 Monte-Carlo One Drop Extravaganza. Tsang was born in Canada but is currently living in Hong Kong. He is using his winnings to buy a property and other investments.
The fourth-largest winner goes to Jamie Gold from the United States. He is the president of the production of Buzznation, an entertainment company. He was the winner of the WSOP in 2006. He was almost banned several times after he continued to show some of his cards to other players as well as mumble strange things during his play.
Number five of the all-time highest Poker winners goes to Martin Jacobsen. The Sweden citizen, who presently lives in London, took home the grand prize of $10,000,000 in 2014 after winning the WSOP Main Event. His victory was somewhat attributed to his gutsy bets and unmatchable timing.
Peter Eastgate comes in at a sixth place. He was the WSOP Main Event winner at 22 years-of-age. Eastgate, from Denmark, took home a little more than $9.1 million after winning in 2008. He later auctioned off his WSOP Gold Bracelet for $147,000 and donated the money to UNICEF.
Number Seven on the all-time list of Poker player winners is Jonathan Duhamel. The Canadian played brilliantly. He was pretty much the leader throughout the event. His winning amount was more than $8.8 million. He generously donated $100,000 to the Canadian Children’s Foundation.
Pius Heinz, from Germany, was the eighth highest Poker winner taking home more than $8.7 million. He won the WSOP Main Event in 2011. Also, just 22, he was part of a Poker event that was the most-watched in history with people in more than 135 countries watching the action.
Winner Number Nine comes from the United States. His name is Joe Cada. He was the 2009 WSOP Main Even taking home more than $8.5 million. Cada, 21, had already been awarded a one million dollar contract by PokerStars.
Greg Merson, also from the United States, won the 2012 WSOP Main Event. Merson, a former drug addict, overcame numerous financial and psychological issues to be where he is now. His win saw him take home more than $8.52 million.
Another contestant from the United States, Ryan Riess, won the WSOP Main Event in 2013. His billfold was filled with more than $8.3 million. In winning he beat the heavy favorite, Jay Farber. His win proved that he was not just another young rookie in the game.
Finally, we come to the 12th highest winner, Jerry Yang. One of the older players, in the championship of 12, the 40-year-old won more than $8.2 million. The father of six donated 10 percent of his winnings to several different charities.