Who Are The Top 10 Richest Poker Players Ever?

When most people think about poker, they think of big money, high adrenaline, WSOP bracelets, and life-changing scores. With some tournament buy-ins now up to and exceeding $1,000,000, the players who are now considered to be in the super-high roller scene are clearly more defined.

Many of these players see their net worth grow through sponsorship deals, endorsements, and other business ventures, helping them become extraordinarily rich.

While there’s no way to exactly measure a player’s net worth without asking them in person, we’re going to do our best to bring you the top-10 richest poker players in the game today.

Top 10 Richest Poker Players

Poker Player Net Worth
1. Andy Beal $14.6 billion
2. Dan Bilzerian $200 million
3. Phil Ivey $125 million
4. Sam Farha $100 million
5. Chris Ferguson $80 million
6. Doyle Brunson $75 million
7. Daniel Negreanu $70 million
8. Bryn Kenney $57 million
9. Justin Bonomo $57 million
10. Tony G $36 million

10. Tony G – Net Worth $36 Million

Tony G
Image: King’s Casino

Antanas Guoga, who goes by Tony G, is a famous Lithuanian poker pro who mostly plays high-stakes cash games.

Despite this, Tony G has amassed $11.3 million in tournament earnings, which currently puts him in 116th on poker’s all-time money list as of March 2024. He is number one on Lithuania’s all-time money list, with more than double the earnings of his nearest competitor.

Guoga is currently the CEO of Cyberphunk Holdings and was a Member of the European Parliament for Lithuania for five years from 2014 to 2019. He is also a widely-respected businessman and a philanthropist.

Many, including myself, believe that Guoga is worth far more than the reported $36 million. I was at his last tournament win in Cyprus in 2022 and personally witnessed him tip a dealer $1,000 just for making him laugh.

I was also at WSOP Europe a few months later, where he routinely played six and seven-figure cash games while he had his personal car parked directly in front of the entrance to King’s Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic.

9. Justin Bonomo – Net Worth $57 Million

Justin Bonomo
Image: PokerGo Tour

Justin Bonomo, who is currently number two on poker’s all-time money list with $63.4 million in tournament earnings (as of March 2024), has amassed a net worth of nearly $60 million presumed to almost exclusively come from poker.

Bonomo, better known as “ZeeJustin” in the online poker world, has also amassed a fortune from playing online, though exactly how much is unknown.

Bonomo is one of many poker players who transitioned from being an excellent Magic the Gathering player to the poker world.

He has secured an astonishing ten scores of at least $1,000,000, including the 2018 $1M Big One for One Drop, winning $10 million and his third WSOP gold bracelet.

8. Bryn Kenney – Net Worth $57 Million

Bryn Kenney
Image: Triton Poker

Bryn Kenney and the aforementioned Bonomo have been trading places atop the all-time money list for the last few years.

As of February 2024, it’s Kenney who sits firmly on top with $65.1 million, helped greatly by his recent $6,860,000 score in the $250,000 Luxon Invitational during the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series London in August 2023.

Kenney has established himself as one of the greatest poker players of all time and recently founded poker site 4Poker.

However, he has been significantly accused of running a “cult-like online poker cheating ring” which involves a number of high-level players in his stable.

The accusations and the evidence are quite damning and involves an entire article to explain the ins-and-outs of the scandal.

Regardless, it’s no secret in the poker world that Bryn Kenney’s net worth is astounding and likely very underreported.

7. Daniel Negreanu – Net Worth $70 Million

Daniel Negreanu
Image: PokerGo Tour

Daniel Negreanu, also known as Kid Poker, is one of the most famous poker players of all time and is currently an ambassador for GGPoker.

While many players see their game fall off over the years, the Canadian has stood the test of time and has been one of the best in the world for multiple decades.

Negreanu, a six-time WSOP bracelet winner, has $52 million in poker tournament earnings, which ranks sixth on poker’s all time money list.

While Daniel Negreanu’s net worth is reported to be $70 million, it could be much higher as he excels in high-stakes cash games, has always been sponsored by at least one poker company, and is one of the most recognizable faces in poker.

It’s unbelievably impressive given that he started playing with just a few hundred dollars to his name.

6. Doyle Brunson – Net Worth $75 Million

Doyle Brunson
Image: Hayley Hochstetler

Doyle Brunson aka Texas Dolly unfortunately just passed away in May 2023 at the age of 89. As far as OGs go, Doyle is the ultimate and is undoubtedly on poker’s Mount Rushmore.

Brunson amassed his fortune as a professional poker player for over 50 years and famously won the WSOP Main Event in back-to-back years, both times making a full house with ten-deuce (known appropriately as “The Doyle.”)

In addition to winning 10 WSOP bracelets, Doyle was a high-stakes cash game player who more than handled his own against the best players in the world, even at an old age.

Doyle was also heavily involved in the early days of Las Vegas, often rubbing elbows with shady characters and finding himself surrounded by gambling-related violence.

Nevertheless, he made it out alive and will always be considered to be a true legend of the game.

Doyle also authored several books and had his own poker website, Doyle’s Room, which would eventually be bought out by America’s Cardroom in 2011.

While Doyle Brunson’s net worth was $75 million, his stories are priceless, from nearly becoming an NBA player to a myriad of bad investments, to multi-million dollar golf matches, to having cancer that miraculously disappeared because of a Christian faith healer.

5. Chris Ferguson – Net Worth $80 Million

Chris Ferguson
Image: Alin Ivanov/WSOP

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson was one of the most recognizable figures in poker during the early-to-mid 2000s and was partially responsible for the first online poker boom, co-founding Full Tilt Poker.

Despite numerous accolades and being one of the richest poker players ever, Ferguson’s legacy will be forever tainted by the Full Tilt scandal.

Ferguson, who won the 2000 WSOP Main Event, went into hiding for about five years before a stunning reemergence at the 2016 World Series of Poker.

Ferguson would go on to win his sixth bracelet the following year en route to winning the 2017 WSOP Player of the Year, much to the dismay of the poker world and his fellow competitors.

4. Sam Farha – Net Worth $100 Million

Sam Farha
Image: Jayne Furman/PokerNews

Sammy Farha was the definition of old-school cool and one of the stars during the first days of televised poker.

Frequently seen on Poker After Dark, the Lebanese-born Farha moved to the States in the 1970’s and began his hustler lifestyle.

Farha graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business administration. However, after realizing he was making a fortune hustling pool, ping-pong, and Pac-Man, he became a full-time hustler.

After moving to Texas, Farha discovered poker, and the rest was history.

Farha had a number of investments work out significantly in his favor, which also helped him earn seats in very selective cash games. He then became a high-stakes cash game regular and found himself crushing the very best in the world.

Farha nearly became the 2003 WSOP Main Event champion, finishing runner-up to online qualifier Chris Moneymaker, who undoubtedly created the first real poker boom. Up until that point, it was felt that poker could only be dominated by established pros.

Following Moneymaker’s victory over Farha and 837 other competitors, both live and online poker completely took off to the point where the $10,000 WSOP Main Event broke 10,000 entries in 2023.

3. Phil Ivey – Net Worth $125 Million

Phil Ivey
Image: WSOP

Phil Ivey, like Daniel Negreanu and Doyle Brunson, is one of poker’s all-time legends who deserves to be on poker’s Mount Rushmore.

Ivey has dominated the poker scene for several decades and is known specifically for his ice-cold stare. Ivey is considered by many to still be the greatest poker player of all time as he crushes opponents in all cash and poker tournament formats.

Ivey’s net worth is estimated to be $125 million but it could be far more given his propensity to play the biggest cash game stakes in the world in Macau and because he’s always been a sponsored pro.

Ivey has won 10 WSOP bracelets, which is tied for second (Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan) all-time only behind Phil Hellmuth (net worth $20 million).

2. Dan Bilzerian – Net Worth $200 Million

Dan Bilzerian
Image: Business Wire

Dan Bilzerian’s net worth is estimated to be a staggering $200 million, but whether or not he should even be considered a poker player is widely up for debate.

Son of disgraced businessman Paul Bilzerian, Dan Bilzerian paints himself as a social media star that lives an alleged playboy lifestyle. In reality, most of Bilzerian’s money likely came from his father.

What’s even harder to believe is his claims that he made over $50 million in 2014 alone, plus $10.8 million in a single poker session in 2013.

If you go look at his Hendon Mob, you’ll see Bilzerian has one single poker tournament cash to his name, finishing in 180th place from a 6,494-entry field in the 2009 WSOP Main Event.

1. Andy Beal – Net Worth $14.6 Billion

Andrew Beal
Image: WSJ.com

Andy Beal is a real estate and banking tycoon that has amassed a massive 11-figure fortune as of March 2024.

Beal, also an amateur mathematician in his spare time, is widely known for participating in possibly the biggest cash games in the history of poker during the early 2000s.

In the Michael Craig book The Professor, the Banker, and the Suicide King: Inside the Richest Poker Game of All Time, Beal is one of the whales that actively played against poker legends Phil Ivey, Daniel Negreanu, Jennifer Harmon, Todd Brunson, Ted Forrest, and others in games that went as high as $100,000/$200,000 blinds.

Conclusion

While poker can produce legendary players with legendary fortunes such as those we have written about, the likelihood of you joining these ranks are extremely low.

If you’re a tournament player such as myself, you should know that it’s estimated that only 3-5% of all tournament players make significant profits in the long-term, which already makes me feel special.

If you’re a cash game player, the chances of winning long-term are much, much higher but you will have to encounter much tougher competition as you move up stakes and you’ll have to still beat the rake. It’s all about gaining thin edges over time and maximizing them to your advantage.

But, if you put in the work, and learn how to play poker well before you take on the pros, maybe you will become one of the richest poker players to ever live.

Blaise Bourgeois
Poker and Gambling Expert

Blaise is an Expert Gambling Writer and a professional poker player in Brazil. He has played and traveled throughout Latin America for the last four-and-a-half years and recently won his first WSOP Circuit ring! He received his Master's in Sport Management and Sports Analytics from St. John's University. Blaise also holds a Mathematics and Computer Science degree from SUNY Purchase, where he still holds the school's Men's Soccer record for goals in a season. Blaise has worked for Catena Media, OddsSeeker, WSOP, PokerNews, and Poker.Org in various capacities. He has a passion for extensive research and aims to provide accurate…