The Richest Poker Player Is..
Q: Who is the Richest Poker Player?
A: Who is the world's richest poker player?
When people ask this question, they can sometimes be asking different things without realizing it.
Who has made the most money directly from playing poker? Who has made the most money from poker-related ventures? Who is the richest person that plays poker?
These are three completely different questions.
Who has made the most money directly from playing poker? That person would likely be Phil Ivey.
To start, Phil Ivey has made roughly $20 million playing online poker. On top of that, he has roughly $14 million in lifetime tournament cashes. Given that Ivey doesn't play in that many "live" poker tournament, I think that it's safe to say that his ROI in tournaments is very high.
On top of that, Ivey is one of the biggest lifetime winners in the "Big Game" - I think it's safe to say that Phil Ivey has made over $10 million in "live" cash games over the course of his career, maybe even more.
It's hard to imagine that any other player has made that much money playing poker over the course of their careers.
Who has made the most money from poker-related ventures? Well, Isai Scheinberg and his family own a reported 75% of Pokerstars. Ruth Parasol and Russ DeLeon were two of the founders of PartyGaming and subsequently made fortunes for their stakes. Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Phil Ivey and others were all early investors in Full Tilt Poker, and all are worth a fortune due to their stakes in the company.
These are just a few of the names that have made fortunes from poker-related ventures.
Lastly - who is the richest person who plays poker?
This is a nearly impossible to answer question because so many people play poker. There are many hedge fund managers, rich entrepreneurs and wealthy celebrities who play poker.
Some of the very rich people who are avid poker players - Guy Laliberte, Andy Beal and David Einhorn.
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