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Winning Big: The Biggest Poker Game Prize Pots in History


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Poker players play the game for two reasons. Firstly, they play because it’s a great way to spend a little time with friends and blow off some steam, and secondly, there’s nothing better than winning a little extra walking around money. Professional poker players probably feel the same way, but there are a few added bonuses to playing on the professional level and walking away with the prize. Firstly, you get the benefit of the whole world knowing that you’re the best at what you do and secondly, the money you win will be more than just a little walking around money, that’s for sure! There are in-person and online poker tournaments where you can walk away with a tidy sum if you prove to be the best at the table.

There have been some poker games that have outshone all the rest. The number of world-class players at the table and prize pots rose to such an incredible level that no one believed they could be outdone…until the next massive game came along. We’ve curated a list of the most incredible poker games and prize pots in history; let’s take a look.

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1.   Big One for One Drop 2012

Antonio Esfandiari, otherwise known as “The Magician” due to his previous career as a professional performing magician, took home a prize pot valued at $18,346,67 back in 2012. The Big One for One saw Esfandiari take down Sam Trickett and take home one of the biggest prizes ever to have been awarded in a poker game. There were 47 other players that Esfandiari had to get past, as well as Trickett, to take home this monumental win and prize. Needless to say, Esfandiari has not had to return to doing magic tricks to earn his living.

2.   Big One for One Drop 2014

Online poker was Daniel Coleman’s kingdom for many years before he transitioned to the big time. It appears the decision was a good one because when Coleman stepped onto the world poker stage, he took home $15,306,668 at The Big One for One Drop in 2014. On his way to the top, he had to step over the lifeless bodies of the incredibly talented players he took down: Daniel Negreanu being the last in that lineup. Before he stepped into the limelight, his online moniker was “mrGR33N13”, but now it’s his own name that is world-famous for being one of the best in the business.

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3.   Big One for One Drop 2016

Out of the 26 players vying for the top position in this tournament, only one could emerge as the winner. In 2016, that winner was Elton Tsang. Tsang not only claimed victory over a host of the best players on the professional circuit but also a prize of $12,248,912. Tsang is now known worldwide as one of the best Asian poker players in the game’s history and one of the biggest winners.

4.   World Series of Poker 2018

The World Series of Poker tournament is where the creme de la creme of the professional poker circuit comes to ply their trade. Getting into the Main Event is something that only a few poker players ever manage to achieve in their lifetime, so the fact that Peter Eastgate can now say not only that he made it but also that he won is truly something.Eastgate’s 2018 win of $9,152,416 and beat 6,844 other players on his way to the top. He became the first Danish player in history to make such incredible strides and was the youngest player to win the tournament until Joe Cada claimed the same honor the following year.

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5.   World Series of Poker 2010

Jonathan Duhamel triumphed over 7,318 other players to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2010 and take home $8,944,310. He beat a number of professionals, of course, but a few celebrities also took part in that particular tournament, including Shannon Elizabeth, Emmitt Smith, and Ray Romano. Though the win isn’t on par with some of the other slightly higher ones, I think there are precious few of us who would turn it down!

Wrap Up

These poker wins at some of the biggest and most well-known tournaments ever held are certainly nothing to turn your nose up at!

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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