Name: Guy Laliberté
Business: Co-founder and CEO of Cirque Du Soleil
Biggest Poker Win: 5th place in event #55 in the 2012 WSOP
Bio: He may have lost millions and millions of dollars playing online poker, but Guy Laliberté has fared a bit better on the live tournament stage. He came fifth in last year’s The Big One for One Drop event, winning a little less than $2 million for his play.
The 53-year-old also has a final table finish in the World Poker Tour and has won a few smaller poker events in Las Vegas, which put his total live tournament winnings at over $2.5 million.
Name: Chris Bigler
Business: Internet and technology
Biggest Poker Win: 5th place in the 1999 WSOP Main Event
Bio: This is perhaps a controversial entry, as Chris Bigler sold his business in order to take up poker professionally. However, Bigler’s decision to leave the business world to play poker and live out of a motorhome is reminiscent of a real life fairy tale. The 63-year-old has found major success in his second profession, having made six in the money finishes at the WSOP and two final table finishes in the World Poker Tour.
Name: David Einhorn
Business: Hedge fund manager
Biggest Poker Win: 3rd place in event #55 in the 2012 WSOP
Bio: David Einhorn has made a bit of a name for himself in the poker world, first by coming in 18th spot at the 2006 WSOP Main Event and also by finishing third in last year’s The Big One for One Drop event. He won a little over $5 million combined in both events, all of which the 44-year-old donated to charities.
Name: Daniel Shak
Business: Hedge fund manager
Biggest Poker Win: 1st place in the 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge
Bio: He may be successful in his line of work managing hedge funds and investments, but Dan Shak is also among the most successful businessmen in professional poker today. The 53-year-old has won a number of high roller events, including the 2010 Aussie Millions $100,000 Challenge and the $125,000 High Roller event at the PartyPoker.com Premier League in March.
He also has a number of WSOP, WPT, EPT and Aussie Millions cash outs to his name, which have contributed to a reputation as a solid high stakes poker player.
Name: Dan Fleyshman
Business: Owner of a number of businesses
Biggest Poker Win: 7th place in the 2010 £10,000 WSOP Europe Main Event
Bio: He bills himself as the ‘youngest founder of a publicly traded company in history’, but Dan Fleyshman is also steadily building a name as a solid professional poker player. The young entrepreneur came third in the $25,000 High Roller event at the 2012 L.A. Poker Classic, winning $114,800 for his performance at that event. Fleyshman has also won a number of smaller poker events over the years, further showing his growing aptitude for the game.
Name: Tony G
Business: A number of poker sites including PokerNews, PokerWorks and others
Biggest Poker Win: 3rd place at the €25,000 High Roller event at the EPT Monte Carlo
Bio: Another potential controversial entry, as the Lithuanian Australian got into professional poker before launching most, if not all, of his poker sites. However, the success and impact of his business on the poker community certainly warrants a place for the 15-time WSOP in the money finisher.
Tony G has been a mainstay on the global professional poker scene for over two decades, achieving final table finishes at the World Poker Tour, Aussie Millions and other major poker events all over the world.
Name: Eli Elizra
Business: Owner of several establishments
Biggest Poker Win: Winner of two WSOP Gold Bracelets
Bio: Along with being one of the world top players, the Israeli American also owns a number of photo shops, retail stores, and a construction business. Among Elizra’s biggest poker achievements are winning a WSOP Gold Bracelets in the $3,000 Seven Card Stud Hi-Low in the 2007 WSOP and the $2,500 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball (Limit) in this year’s WSOP. The 52-year-old has 26 toal in the money finishes at the WSOP along with finishes at the WPT and Aussie Millions events.
Name: Roger Sippl
Biggest Poker Win: 5th place in the $100,000 High Roller event at the 2011 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic
Bio: The Silicon Valley software guru and investor has played a number of high level poker tournaments over the years. Besides his win at the Doyle Brunson Poker Classic, Sippl also came second in the $24,500 High Roller event at the Bay 101 Shooting Stars in March, winning $180,320. He has also cashed in two WSOP events and made it to the final table in the $5,000 no limit event at last year’s World Poker Tour World Championship in Las Vegas.
Name: Richard Yong
Business: Technology and mining
Biggest Poker Win: 2nd place in 2013 Manila Millions Super High Roller event
Bio: The Malaysian businessman has proven himself to be one of the most consistent high stakes poker players in the world today, as shown by his constant final tables in such events. Yong made the final table in last year’s The Big One for One Drop event, finishing in eighth spot. He also made the final tables in two High Roller events in France and England in 2012, making over $1.4 million combined in both events.
Name: Winfred Yu
Business: CEO of Poker King Club
Biggest Poker Win: 3rd place in the Aspers 100K High Roller event in England.
Bio: The head of one of the most prominent poker establishments in Macau is also a prominent poker player in his own right. He has played in a a number of events in Macau and beyond, including the Macau Poker Cup, Asia Poker Tour, Asia Pacific Poker Tour and the WSOP. He narrowly missed out winning the first ever WSOP Asia Pacific Main Event, coming third, which was still good for a $442,000 pay out.