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Who is the greatest poker player in history? While poker fans will present various arguments for their favorite poker pro, one cannot overlook the amount of money earned by pros throughout their poker careers. The old saying goes that money is only a way of keeping score in poker and some players have racked up some impressive totals.

Check Out These All Time Money Lists:

 Canada Poker All-Time Money List

 UK Poker All-Time Money List

 Australian Poker All-Time Money List

Negreanu, Esfandiari and Seidel Top Live Poker’s All-Time Money List

Looking at poker’s All-Time Money List, you will see a virtual who’s who of the poker world. In recent year, high roller and super high roller events have driven up prize pools among elite players. Some believed that the money list would become populated with “one-hit wonders” such as Jamie Gold but the game’s elite have stepped up and shown why they are the best poker players in the world.

Daniel Negreanu is presently poker’s All-Time money winner with over $32 million and one of the most watched poker players. Right behind him is Erik Seidel who cracked $30 million in earnings in 2016. He has been a beast in recent years, dominating the high roller circuit and is a threat to make a final table in each event he plays.

Antonio Esfandiari is currently third on the list with $27.32 million. While Negreanu and Esfandiari have benefited from massive scores in the $1 Million Big One for ONE DROP in the past, both have impressive resumes that earned them the right to be atop the poker world.

Check Out These All Time Money Lists:

 Canada Poker All-Time Money List

 UK Poker All-Time Money List

 Australian Poker All-Time Money List

Not surprisingly, both Phil’s are among the top 10. Phil Ivey has 10 WSOP bracelet victories and Phil Hellmuth hold’s the record with 14 WSOP bracelets. Expect both to continue climbing the list.

Fedor Holz is the newest addition to the All-Time Money List after his monster run in 2016. In just a little over 4 years, the 22-year-old has moved up to 9th on the list thanks to his dominance in high roller events.

Below are the top 10 lists from every major pro poker circuit as well as poker’s All-Time Money List. These lists are a showcase of the greatest poker players in the world. Poker is truly a game of skill and these lists highlight that fact.

 

Top 10 Biggest Live Poker Winners

  1. Daniel Negreanu (CAN) – $32,619,169
  2. Erik Seidel (USA) – $30,070,263
  3. Antonio Esfandiari (USA) – $27,321,224
  4. Daniel Colman (USA) – $26,039,557
  5. Phil Ivey (USA) – $23,856,035
  6. Scott Seiver (USA) – $21,709,246
  7. Phil Hellmuth (USA) – $20,977,293
  8. Sam Trickett (GBR) – $20,581,462
  9. Fedor Holz (GER) – $20,321,186
  10. Brian Rast (USA) – $19,089,047

Top 10 Biggest WSOP Poker Winners

  1. Antonio Esfandiari (USA) – $21,516,913
  2. Daniel Colman (USA) – $17,225,883
  3. Daniel Negreanu (CAN) – $15,554,887
  4. Jonathan Duhamel (CAN) – $14,492,038
  5. Phil Hellmuth (USA) – $13,593,288
  6. Elton Tsang (CHI) – $12,411,124
  7. Jamie Gold (USA) – $12,194,746
  8. Sam Trickett (GBR) – $11,265,538
  9. Martin Jacobson (SWE) – $11,252,427
  10. Greg Merson (USA) – $10,138,226

Top 10 Biggest WPT Poker Winners

  1. Carlos Mortensen (SPA) – $6,738,672
  2. Daniel Negreanu (CAN) – $5,767,453
  3. Michael Mizrachi (USA) – $4,819,484
  4. Tuan Le (USA) – $4,514,063
  5. Gus Hansen (DEN) – $4,110,801
  6. Alan Goehring (USA) – $3,942,344
  7. Jonathan Little (USA) – $3,787,753
  8. Joe Bartholdi Jr. (USA) – $3,760,165
  9. David Chiu (USA) – $3,680,511
  10. Nick Schulman (USA) – $3,559,047

 

Top 10 Biggest EPT Poker Winners

  1. Steve O’ Dwyer (USA) – $9,314,495
  2. Ole Schemion (GER) – $6,711,535
  3. Mike McDonald (CAN) – $6,461,551
  4. Igor Kurganov (RUS) – $6,340,212
  5. Scott Seiver (USA) – $6,030,039
  6. Jason Mercier (USA) – $5,980,237
  7. Mustapha Kanit (ITA) – $5,976,580
  8. Bertrand Grospellier (FRA) – $5,855,951
  9. Martin Finger (GER) – $5,361,650
  10. Bryn Kenney (USA) – $5,042,835

Top 10 Biggest APPT Poker Winners

  1. Amichai Barer (CAN) – $1,735,918
  2. Sunny Jung (SKO) – $1,163,950
  3. Alan “Ari” Engel (CAN) – $1,120,110
  4. Manny Stavropoulos (AUS) – $1,116,608
  5. Grant Levy (AUS) – $1,008,965
  6. Lennart Uphoff (GER) – $959,623
  7. Sorel Mizzi (CAN) – $918,421
  8. Gabriel Le Jossec (CAN) – $816,818
  9. Jimmy Zhou  (CHI) – $759,190
  10. Martin Rowe (GBR) – $717,530

Top 10 Biggest LAPT Poker Winners

  1. Jose Ignacio Barbero (ARG) – $817,446
  2. Victor Sbrissa (BRA) – $473,076
  3. Alex Manzano (CHI) – $386,430
  4. Dominik Nitsche (GER) – $381,030
  5. Joshua Kay (USA) – $376,588
  6. Carlos Hey De Lima (BRA) – $373,725
  7. Angel Guillen (MEX) – $342,658
  8. Martin Sansour (PER) – $332,700
  9. Leo Fernandez (ARG) – $314,101
  10. Carter Gill (USA) – $309,925

Selbst and Liebert Top Women’s All-Time Money List

The Poker Boom brought both an explosion in the popularity of poker and the integration of women into the game. The few female pros that frequented the circuit prior to the Boom became superstars after and helped usher in a new era for the game.

There are presently 27 women with lifetime tournament earnings exceeding $1 million. The top 10 of the Women’s All-Time Money list is a solid mix of old school female pros and modern day superstars that have reaped the benefits of the monster prize pools of the modern era.

Leading all women is Vanessa Selbst. In just over a decade, she has risen to the top spot with over $11.64 million in earnings. Kathy Liebert was the women’s former #1 player, currently with over $5.98 million in lifetime earnings. Liebert and Selbst are the only females in history to earn over $5 million.

Other women on the all-time money list include future Poker Hall of Famer Jennifer Harman and inaugural WSOP-E Main Event Champion Annette Obrestad. Below are the top 10 spots on the Women’s All-Time Money List:

  1. Vanessa Selbst (USA) – $11,835,151
  2. Kathy Liebert (USA) – $6,075,137
  3. Annie Duke (USA) – $4,270,548
  4. Annette Obrestad (NOR) – $3,929,551
  5. Vanessa Rousso (USA) – $3,551,241
  6. Liv Boeree (ENG) – $3,129,203
  7. Joanne “JJ” Liu (USA) – $3,046,310
  8. Jennifer Harman (USA) – $2,727,167
  9. Victoria Coren Mitchell (ENG) – $2,461,985
  10. Maria Ho (USA) – $2,082,121

Antonius, Ivey and Cates Among Top Online Poker Players

Since the beginning of the poker boom, many poker players have earned their education through the online poker ranks. There have been many contenders over the years but the best online poker players happen to also be among the top ranked poker pros in the live arena.

Patrik Antonius is currently online poker’s all-time money leader with over $17 million in earnings. Over $11 million of those came while he served as a Full Tilt Poker pro. When the site relaunched after PokerStars purchased the company, Antonius returned as FinddaGrind. Since returning, he has amassed over $5.7 million in earnings. This actually ranks him second and sixth all-time on the Full Tilt Poker All-Time Money List.

Phil Ivey is no longer #2 all-time in career earnings. That spot now belongs to Daniel Cates. His lifetime earnings as jungleman12 and w00ki3z are now $11.53 million, over a million more than Ivey. Ivey finished 2015 at online poker’s biggest loser, dropping him to #3 all-time with $10.27 million earned.

Below are the lists of the online poker’s greatest cash game players. We have divided the lists between Full Tilt, PokerStars and a finally a combined list ranking the greatest poker player by money earned online.

Some of you may notice that certain players are not listed online despite having massive earnings in the past or present. These players have chosen to make their long-term earnings private and are therefore excluded from these lists.

*Please note that some of these numbers came from HighStakesDB.com 

Top 10 Biggest PokerStars Winners

  1. Jeans89 – Jens Kyllönen (FIN) – $5,165,687
  2. Sauce123 – Ben Sulsky (USA) – $4,810,577
  3. Kanu7 – Alexander Milar (UK) – $2,625,070
  4. EireAbu – Unknown PLO Pro (IRE) – $2,591,915
  5. azn_baller3 – Unknown PLO Pro (THA) – $2,176,919
  6. 1Il|1Il|1il| – Hac Dang (CAN) – $2,045,723
  7. GVOZDIKA55 – Vladimir Shchemelev (RUS) – $1,904,194
  8. MrSweets28 – Phil Galfond (CAN) – $1,499,773
  9. Isildur1 – Viktor Blom (SWE)  – $1,474,788
  10. ChaoRen160 – Mikael Thuritz (Macau) – $1,446,570

 

Top 10 Biggest Full Tilt Poker Winners

  1. Phil Ivey (USA)* – $19,242,744
  2. Patrik Antonius (FIN)* – $11,315,549
  3. jungleman12 – Daniel Cates (USA) – $10,270,847
  4. Urindanger – Di Dang (USA) – $7,411,127
  5. OMGClayAiken – Phil Galfond (CAN) – $6,599,839
  6. FinddaGrind – Patrik Antonius (FIN) – $5,716,052
  7. theASHMAN103 – Ashton Griffin (USA) – $4,843,362
  8. EazyPeazy – Abe Mosseri (USA) – $4,160,304
  9. Brian Hastings (USA)* – $3,890,941
  10. KaiBuxxe – Nikolaus Jedlicka (AUS) – $3,186,718

* Played under real name as Full Tilt Poker Pro

Top 10 Biggest Online Poker Winners

  1. FinddaGrind / Fake Love888 – Patrik Antonius (FIN) – $15,909,288
  2. jungleman12 / w00ki3z – Daniel Cates (USA) – $11,451,754
  3. polarizing / RaiseOnce – Phil Ivey (USA) – $10,441,963
  4. OMGClayAiken / MrSweets28 – Phil Galfond (CAN) – $8,099,612
  5. Urindanger / ilvdnfl – Di Dang (USA) – $8,088,654
  6. Jeans89 / Ingenious89 – Jens Kyllönen (FIN) – $5,387,927
  7. $tinger 88 – Brian Hastings (USA) – $4,867,425
  8. theASHMAN103 – Ashton Griffin (USA) * – $4,802,650
  9. Sauce1234 / Sauce123 – Ben Sulsky (USA) – $4,409,218
  10. Kanu7 / IReadYrSoul – Alex Milar (UK) – $4,580,733

* Results exclusively on Full Tilt Poker

 

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James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.

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