Holdem Poker is one of the most popular high-profile casino games around.
Big tournaments attract big viewership and deliver big prizes.
The Biggest Poker Wins In
Poker is now a casino stalwart. The popularity of Texas
Holdem and other poker varieties has made poker tournaments a regular
drawcard for many casinos.
High-profile poker tournaments also include
a charity component: in 2019, for instance, the Triton London: A Helping Hand
for Charity event had a record buy-in of £1.05 million per player, or
around $1.28-million. However, £50,000 from every entry fee, or almost
$61,000 per player and $3.3 million in total, was donated to charity.
winners regularly take home more than $10 million in modern poker
tournaments. Here is a list of the six heftiest poker wins made to
The sixth-biggest prize ever won in poker, this was
not even the biggest poker win scored in 2012, which was an extraordinary year
for both the card game and betting
nz. Englishman Tricketts second-place win at the inaugural Big One
for One Drop tournament in Las Vegas, another charity event, also included a
hand in which he beat Brian Rasts made flush with quad threes on the
The World Series of Pokers Main Event is one of
the reasons poker now attracts viewers and punters from around the world. It
has been running since the 1970s, costs $10,000 for players to buy in, and runs
with no-limit betting. Golds 2006 WSOP Main Event win is even more
remarkable considering he started against a field of more than 8,700 players; a
tenth of that number compete in most modern tournaments.
The Big One for One Drop game created another massive
winner in 2016, when it was held in Monte Carlo.
Chinese-Canadian player Tsang scooped the pot, which was worth
over $6-million more than the runner-up prize.
Daniel Colman $15,306,668
The Big One
for One Drop tournament has become an annual feature of the WSOP, and it
produced another huge winner in 2014. Daniel Colman took home the third-biggest
prize in poker history, in a year when he would net more than $21 million in
total prize money.
Nicknamed The Magician,
Esfandiari, an American like Trickett, Colman and Gold, was the ruler of 2012
poker. He went head to head against Sam Trickett in that years Big One
for One Drop finale: knowing that the loser took home more than $10 million
tells you all you need to know about that game. Esfandiari, who pulled off a
magical win to justify his sobriquet, walked away with over $18 million; at the
the biggest prize ever won in poker. Its a record many
thought would stand forever. But then
Aaron Zang / Bryn Kenny >$37,000,000
Triton London: A Helping Hand for Charity tournament in 2019 produced a unique
situation and a poker record. The original first prize was meant to be
£19-million, or around $23 million. However, with Hong Kong player Zang
facing off against American Bryn Kenny in the final stages, the pair agreed to
chop the pot. Since Kenny was leading about 4 to 1 in chips, he got the bigger
payout in pounds: equivalent to around $20.6 million. Zang took around $16.8
and then ironically, went on to win the tournament.