This is how we calculated
We looked at the career earnings of the richest poker players today and established what their net worth is based on these figures. These amounts take winnings from playing poker, endorsements, and other income streams into consideration.
Table with the richest poker players (Descending)
|Name of Poker Player||Net worth||Biggest win|
|1. Dan Bilzerian||$200 Million||$10.8 Million|
|2. Phil Ivey||$100 Million||$2.8 Million|
|3. Sam Farha||$100 Million||$488,241|
|4. Chris Ferguson||$80 Million||$1.5 Million|
|5. Doyle Brunson||$75 Million||$1.1 Million|
|6. Bryn Kenney||$56 Million||$20.5 Million|
|7. Daniel Negreanu||$50 Million||$8.2 Million|
|8. Justin Bonomo||$49 Million||$10 Million|
|9. Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga||$36 Million||$1.1 Million|
|10. Fedar Holz||$32 Million||$6 Million|
1. Dan Bilzerian – $200 Million USD
Daniel Brandon Bilzerian is the wealthiest poker player to date. He was born on December 7th, 1980–he is half American and Armenian. Apart from playing poker, Bilzerian is an actor, businessman, and social media influencer.
He inherited money from his parents, particularly his dad, who was a corporate takeover specialist. In November 2013, he posted on social media that he’d won $10.8 million from playing poker in a single night.
A year later, Bilzerian claimed that he won $50 million throughout the year and stated that he no longer plays against professional players. He also mentioned his most significant loss as $3.6 million in one session.
Despite the controversy around him, he is one of the wealthiest professional poker players today.
2. Phil Ivey – $100 Million USD
Phil Ivey is widely regarded as the Tiger Woods of Poker, and he was born on February 1st, 1977, in Riverside, California. Ivey used a fake ID card in his teens to play poker in Atlantic City.
Poker observers and enthusiasts think of him as the best all-around professional poker player in the world. Perhaps, his successes through ten World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title have elevated his status in the world of poker and increased his net worth.
Phil’s most significant dollar win came at the Aussie Millions LK Boutique AUD250,000 challenge, where he walked away with a cool USD2.8 million. Apart from live tournament winnings, he’s enjoyed positive results in online poker as well.
3. Sam Farha – $100 Million USD
Sam Farha was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1959 and moved to the United States in search of a better life. While studying at the University of Kansas, he made money playing games such as ping ball, pool, and PacMan.
Nicknamed Mr. Cool, Sam saw that he could make a living playing cards as a poker player and moved to Las Vegas. He’s known for his runner-up finish at the 2003 World Series of Poker WSOP Main Event, which added to his net worth.
To date, he has won three bracelets, and his best finish was at the WSOP $10,000 Omaha Hi-Low Split-8 or Better Championship, where he walked away with $488,241.
4. Chris Ferguson – $80 Million USD
Chris Ferguson was born on April 11th, 1963, in Los Angeles, California. Both his parents have doctoral degrees in Mathematics, with his father teaching game theory and theoretical probability at UCLA.
Poker was part of his life from a young age when his dad would deal him in between breaks in school work. These experiences have shaped his career and made him one of the more successful poker players today. He was involved in a full tilt poker scandal a few years ago.
In total, he’s won six World Series of Poker events, including the main event in 2000, where he took home $1.5 million. In 2017, Chris won his sixth bracelet and was the first to win three World Series of Poker Circuit rings.
5. Doyle Brunson – $75 Million USD
As a retired poker player, it takes a lot to make the top ten list, demonstrating Doyle Brunson’s poker abilities. He’s an American born on August 10th, 1933 and has played at poker tournaments professionally for over 50 years.
Known as the Texas Dolly, he is a legend in the poker community with live tournament winnings, including ten WSOP bracelets and two Main Event victories. He initially had hopes of playing basketball professionally, but he turned to poker when that didn’t work out.
Additionally, he’s written a book about poker strategy called Super System, which added to the Doyle Brunson net worth and revenue streams. His biggest poker win came at the Legends of Poker WPT title event in 2004, where he walked away with $1.1 million.
See Doyle Brunson Net Worth calculation in detail.
6. Bryn Kenney – $56 Million USD
From Long Beach, New York, Bryn Kenney has been making waves in the world of poker as a serious poker player. He was born on November 1st, 1986, and won his first bracelet in a 2014 poker tournament- seven years after playing at the East Coast Poker Championships.
It seems that more bracelets are destined for him since he’s finished 32 times in the money. His most significant win was at the 2019 Triton Million charity event in London, where he secured one-third of his total wealth by winning $20.5 million.
7. Daniel Negreanu – $50 Million USD
Daniel Negreanu is one of the most famous names to appear in various spots on this list in poker history. He’s Canadian and was born on July 6th, 1974.
Negreanu now lives in Las Vegas and has earned six World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championships. He’s the only poker player to be named WSOP Player of the Year on more than one occasion.
He’s undoubtedly one of the most successful poker players of all time, which is why he was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2014. Negreanu bagged his largest winnings during that year by being runner up at The Big One for One Drop, which paid $8 million.
8. Justin Bonomo – $49 Million USD
Justin Bonomo resides in Las Vegas and was born on September 30th, 1985. He’s known for taking on the big boys in high-stakes cash games and usually coming out on top.
His poker career, both in-person and online, has flourished, which is why he’s earned the eighth spot on this list.
Bonomo has won three WSOP bracelets along with cash prizes over 50 times for various events. His most significant win came at the Big One for One Drop event, where he took home around $10 million.
9. Antanas ‘Tony G’ Guoga – $36 Million USD
Tony G, as he is affectionately known, was born in Lithuania on December 17th, 1973. He’s had an interesting career since he held political office as a Member of the European Parliament for Lithuania.
As a child, he was the Rubik's cube champion who then moved to Australia. Even though he hasn’t won a bracelet, he has cashed out 15 different big paydays, accounting for nearly $500,000.
His biggest win was $1.1 Million.
10. Fedar Holz – $32 Million USD
He’s undoubtedly the youngest player to feature on the top ten list. Fedar was born on July 25th, 1993, in Germany. He tends to focus on high roller tournaments and earned the title of best online MTT player in 2014 and 2015 by pocketfives.com.
Holz won the World Championship of Online Poker in 2014, winning $1.3 million in an online poker room. In 2015, he ended up 25th in the World Series of Poker Main Event, where he cashed $262,574.
While these were big wins, Holz’s largest ever was at the 2018 Big One for One Drop, where he collected $6 million. Additionally, Holz currently has two bracelets.
Other rich poker players
There are famous poker players that didn’t make the top ten list of the highest-earning poker players, but they’ve managed to earn a large amount of money while playing poker. These are some of the richest poker players that missed the cut to feature in our top ten list:
- Gus Hansen - USD 10 million
- Doug Polk - USD 10 million
- Phil Laak - USD 20 million
- Rick Salomon - USD 50 million
- Tom Dwan - USD 10 million
- Jennifer Tilly - USD 25 million