Who Has Cashed The Most in "Live" Tournament Events?

Q: Who Is The All-Time Tournament Money Winner in Poker?

A: Last Updated: May 10th, 2013

As of this moment, Antonio Esfandiari currently sits atop the all-time tournament money list with $24,118,532 in total tournament cashes.

The King is hoding the Number One signNow, there is some controversy over Esfandiari's spot on the list, as the majority of his earnings came from his win in "The Big One for One Drop" in July of 2012. Esfandiari managed to outlast some of the top players in the world to walk away with a cash of $18,346,673.

Why is this controversial? Well, Esfandiari had a number of backers in the event, so he ended up walking away with far less than $18 million. Another reason why Esfandiari's position is controversial? The Big One For One Drop had a very small field, and some people feel as though Esfandiari's spot at the top of the list is tainted due to the fact that the majority of his all-time earnings came from a tournament with a very small field that he was backed in.

Number two on the list? Sam Trickett, who finished in second place in the 2012 Big One For One Drop. Trickett has nearly $20 million in all-time tournament earnings, with a full $10 million of that coming from his second place finish in the Big One for One Drop event.


Let's look at the list of the top 10 all-time tournament money winners in poker:

1. Antonio Esfandiari, $24,118,532
2. Sam Trickett, $19,835,000
3. Phil Hellmuth, $17,877,921
4. Phil Ivey, $17,633,676
5. Erik Seidel, $17,605,834
6. Daniel Negreanu, $17,476,836
7. John Juanda, $14,980,323
8. Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi, $14,436,188
9. Jamie Gold, $12,245,468
10. Joe Hachem, $11,819,530

Of these 10 players, only Jamie Gold is inactive on the tournament circuit (he has been rarely seen since his win in the 2006 World Series of Poker main event).

Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu have all won World Series of Poker bracelets as of late.

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