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 Patrick Antonius, but that doesn’t necessarily equate to financial success.

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
Justin Bonomo United States
Justin Bonomo
United States
United States
$60,279,954
2nd
Bryn Kenney United States
Bryn Kenney
United States
United States
$57,582,665
3rd
Daniel Negreanu Canada
Daniel Negreanu
Canada
Canada
GGPoker $50,504,308
4th
Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom
Stephen Chidwick
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
$47,294,275
5th
Jason Koon United States
Jason Koon
United States
United States
GGPoker $43,794,726
6th
Erik Seidel United States
Erik Seidel
United States
United States
$42,864,594
7th
David Peters United States
David Peters
United States
United States
$42,360,184
8th
Dan Smith United States
Dan Smith
United States
United States
$40,451,957
9th
Mikita Badziakouski Belarus
Mikita Badziakouski
Belarus
Belarus
$38,858,021
10th
Fedor Holz Germany
Fedor Holz
Germany
Germany
GGPoker $38,562,535
11th
Phil Ivey United States
Phil Ivey
United States
United States
$38,281,866
12th
Cary Katz United States
Cary Katz
United States
United States
$36,511,479
13th
Jake Schindler United States
Jake Schindler
United States
United States
$35,449,524
14th
Steve O'Dwyer Ireland
Steve O'Dwyer
Ireland
Ireland
$35,070,448
15th
Isaac Haxton United States
Isaac Haxton
United States
United States
$34,617,217
16th
Adrian Mateos Spain
Adrian Mateos
Spain
Spain
$32,820,040
17th
Sam Greenwood Canada
Sam Greenwood
Canada
Canada
$30,829,963
18th
Timothy Adams Canada
Timothy Adams
Canada
Canada
$30,773,322
19th
Nick Petrangelo United States
Nick Petrangelo
United States
United States
$29,114,010
20th
Daniel Colman United States
Daniel Colman
United States
United States
$28,925,059
21st
Phil Hellmuth United States
Phil Hellmuth
United States
United States
$28,447,445
22nd
Alex Foxen United States
Alex Foxen
United States
United States
$28,069,123
23rd
Antonio Esfandiari United States
Antonio Esfandiari
United States
United States
$27,810,801
24th
Christoph Vogelsang Germany
Christoph Vogelsang
Germany
Germany
$27,275,984
25th
Paul Phua Malaysia
Paul Phua
Malaysia
Malaysia
$26,855,094

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.

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.

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.

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.