Poker players have the potential to make massive amounts of money if they’re successful. Although it’s incredibly competitive and difficult to rise to the top, the ones who are skilled enough to do so make millions. Winning poker tournaments is the fastest way to make money as a professional poker player, but it’s not the only way pros make their cash. Playing cash games, getting sponsorships, and even creating poker courses are other ways for professional poker pros to earn a living. With that said, here are the ten richest poker players of 2022.
1. Mikita Badziakouski
Badziakouski is from Belarus, and although he’s only 30, he’s already made the list of top-earning poker players. So far, he’s made over $37 million in poker earnings and has had a busy few years. After starting playing in live poker games at the age of 18, Badziakouski quickly progressed to the big leagues, where he’s racked up 11 final table appearances, and 20 money finishes across the World Series of Poker and the European Poker Tour.
2. Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey is one of the most famous poker players in the world and has also earned the title of being one of the richest. His poker career winnings come to over $37 million, which includes a massive $3.5 million from one tournament in 2014. Known as the Tiger Woods of poker, Ivey has also been successful at other casino games and has amassed a huge fortune outside of poker too.
3. Jason Koon
The 36-year-old American Jason Koon began playing poker in his early 20s and won his first major tournament in 2009, cashing in $300,000 in prize money. After having a lot of success online, Koon progressed to major live tournaments, excelling in the World Poker Tour and World Series of Poker. To date, he’s earned more than $38 million playing poker.
4. Dan Smith
Dan Smith was a chess prodigy when he was younger, getting into college on a chess scholarship. However, he soon discovered poker and dropped out of college when he realized how much money he could make playing full-time. Although this would seem like a major gamble, it clearly paid off, as Smith has since made close to $39 million.
5. Erik Seidel
Seidel is a legendary figure in poker who has been at the tables for many decades. At the age of 62, he’s the oldest on this list, but he has a lot of respect from the younger generation due to his talent. He originally started out as a stock trader before finding his love for poker, eventually winning an impressive nine WSOP bracelets. He’s also earned a fortune at the poker tables, collecting more than $41 million.
6. David Peters
35-year-old Peters has been nicknamed the Silent Assassin due to his quiet and unassuming nature. Instead, he lets his poker talent do the talking. Peters has won $41 million over his poker playing career along with multiple accolades. He has four WSOP bracelets, including three in the last three years.
7. Stephen Chidwick
Chidwick is the only British poker player in the career earnings top ten, and he’s won an impressive $43 million just through playing poker. He started playing live poker back in 2008 and since then has performed well at the European Poker Tour and the WSOP. At WSOP events, he has over 50 money finishes and 13 final table appearances, as well as one bracelet.
8. Daniel Negreanu
Negreanu has been one of the biggest names in poker for the past ten years, and he’s also been extremely successful. The 48-year-old Canadian’s career winnings now total almost $50 million, and he’s won an impressive six WSOP bracelets. He was recently ranked as the best poker player of the last decade, and it’s hard to argue with that.
9. Bryn Kenney
Kenney is an impressive poker player who has won an incredible $57 million playing poker. The 35-year-old from Long Beach, New York, has one WSOP bracelet, which he won in 2014. While his accolades may not be as impressive as some of the other players on this list, his biggest win was an astonishing $23 million. This is partly why he’s ranked so high.
10. Justin Bonomo
Bonomo has career earnings of close to $58 million, an impressive feat for a 36-year-old. He’s had a lot of success playing in the World Poker Tour and the European Poker Tour, with multiple final table performances. However, his favorite event is undoubtedly the WSOP. Here, he’s secured 55 money finishes and three bracelets.