Poker Players All-Time Money List

The all-time money list is made up of the 25 players that have won the most money in live poker tournaments, according to The Hendon Mob. The list includes an illustrious selection of some of the very best and most well-known poker players in the world.

Every poker fan has heard of the likes of Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey and Patrik Antonius, but they may be surprised by some of the names on the top of this list.

So, which poker players have won the most money of all-time in live poker events, who are the most successful tournament poker players on the planet and who are the richest poker players?

Player Country Sponsor Total Winnings
1st
Bryn Kenney United States
Bryn Kenney
United States
United States
$66,374,994
2nd
Justin Bonomo United States
Justin Bonomo
United States
United States
$63,796,147
3rd
Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom
Stephen Chidwick
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
$58,939,962
4th
Jason Koon United States
Jason Koon
United States
United States
$58,018,908
5th
Dan Smith United States
Dan Smith
United States
United States
$54,856,594
6th
Mikita Badziakouski Belarus
Mikita Badziakouski
Belarus
Belarus
$54,553,452
7th
Daniel Negreanu Canada
Daniel Negreanu
Canada
Canada
GGPoker $52,648,003
8th
Isaac Haxton United States
Isaac Haxton
United States
United States
$48,718,574
9th
Adrian Mateos Spain
Adrian Mateos
Spain
Spain
$47,099,292
10th
Erik Seidel United States
Erik Seidel
United States
United States
$46,363,629
11th
David Peters United States
David Peters
United States
United States
$45,869,237
12th
Phil Ivey United States
Phil Ivey
United States
United States
$44,871,648
13th
Steve O'Dwyer Ireland
Steve O'Dwyer
Ireland
Ireland
$43,697,674
14th
Fedor Holz Germany
Fedor Holz
Germany
Germany
GGPoker $41,755,503
15th
Cary Katz United States
Cary Katz
United States
United States
$40,196,750
16th
Timothy Adams Canada
Timothy Adams
Canada
Canada
$38,580,851
17th
Jake Schindler United States
Jake Schindler
United States
United States
$36,817,582
18th
Nick Petrangelo United States
Nick Petrangelo
United States
United States
$35,147,175
19th
Sam Greenwood Canada
Sam Greenwood
Canada
Canada
$34,987,298
20th
Christoph Vogelsang Germany
Christoph Vogelsang
Germany
Germany
$33,891,313
21st
Alex Foxen United States
Alex Foxen
United States
United States
$32,459,838
22nd
Daniel Dvoress Canada
Daniel Dvoress
Canada
Canada
$31,741,889
23rd
Paul Phua Malaysia
Paul Phua
Malaysia
Malaysia
$30,641,090
24th
Phil Hellmuth United States
Phil Hellmuth
United States
United States
$30,056,805
25th
Sean Winter United States
Sean Winter
United States
United States
$29,729,050

What is the All-Time Money List?

The all-time money list consists of the top 25 players in the world that have won the most money cumulatively from tournament poker in the history of the game, according to The Hendon Mob. The list does not take into account earnings won via cash games and other non-tournament formats, nor does it include online poker tournaments.

Therefore, our all-time money list shows the biggest poker winners in live tournament history.

Bryn Kenney sits atop the all-time money list with over $65 million in live earnings. Justin Bonomo sits in second with over $63 million, while others in the top ten include Erik Seidel, Daniel Negreanu, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon and Dan Smith.

What is the Biggest Ever Win in a Live Poker Tournament?

Antonio Esfandiari - $18.35 million

The biggest live tournament poker win in history is Antonio Esfandiari’s victory in the 2012 WSOP Big One for One Drop. Beating a total field of 48 entrants, Esfandiari won over $18 million from one single tournament.

Since Esfandiari’s win in the inaugural One Drop tournament, the buy-in has fluctuated between $1 million and $100,000. In 2016, the tournament was held in Monte-Carlo, meaning the buy-in was €1 million. The Big One for One Drop was held annually until 2018. After the WSOP’s return from COVID, it has been held in a smaller-buy-in format. It's been won by other notable players - Justin Bonomo for one, winning $10 million in 2018 that heavily contributed to his strong ranking in the all-time money list.

Are the Biggest Tournament Winners the Best Poker Players in the World?

The biggest poker tournament winners, those included on the all-time money list, are for the most part also some of the best poker players in the world.

However, being top of the all-time money list doesn’t always mean that that player is the best in the world. With the list being cumulative, the rankings purely take into account money won and not other relevant factors that might better measure the quality of the player, such as average money won per tournament entered. A billionaire could enter every high-roller possible and eventually be top of the all-time money list from this relentless buy-in strategy - even if they have a heavy disadvantage in every field.

That being said, the players you’ll see on this list are generally considered to be some of the best poker players in the world. The high-stakes-live tournament scene is an elite level of poker, and due to its exceptional competitiveness, only those few who are already infinitely rich or who are good enough to compete at the highest level play these stakes.

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

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All-Time Money List FAQs

What was the largest poker win ever (in live tournament poker)?

The largest poker win ever, excluding online poker tournaments, was $18.35m. This was one by Iranian-American poker player Antonio Esfandiari in the WSOP’s One Drop tournament in 2012.

How can I find out who the best poker players are in the world?

To find out who the best poker players are in the world, simply check our Poker Players section on PokerNews. Here we have frequently updated lists, providing live rankings of the best poker players in different categories - for instance, the top female players, top players based on GPI and the top online players in history.

How often are the poker rankings updated?

The poker player rankings for all of our lists are updated frequently to always portray the most accurate and up-to-date information. We take results directly from Hendon Mob, enabling us to use live and online results from tournaments to keep our lists accurate to the cent.

Which poker player has the biggest net worth?

Andrew Beal has by far the greatest net worth out of all poker players. While some exceptionally large amounts of money can be won in poker, you'd have to win a fair few high rollers to challenge Beal's net worth. The American is estimated to have a net worth of $9.71 billion as of 2022. His wealth mainly accumulated from dealings in real estate and later finance, being the founder of Beal Bank. He's also a world-renowned mathematician known for stating the Beal Conjecture.

Similarly, Kevin Hart and Dan Bilzerian's net worth are near the top of the list not for their poker winnings, but for explorations outside the casino. Phil Ivey is the first name on the list whose fortunes can be directly and primarily attributed to poker; though Ivey does also have ventures away from the game that also contribute towards his net worth. Another poker legend, Daniel Negreanu, is high up of the list, with a net worth of around $70 million at the start of 2023 - at a time where he became just the third poker player to ever surpass $50 million in live tournament cashes.