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The biggest winnings in poker tournaments


Many people dream of winning a million-dollar prize in a poker game. But it's worth looking at the history of poker tournament winnings in recent years. Many players have won far more than a million at poker. The fabulous sums of 5, 10, or even all 18 million dollars are the real prize money of the tournament winners.
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The biggest winnings in poker tournaments

Most poker tournaments are held online these days. There are hundreds of new casino sites with regular poker tournaments where players can enter and win some serious money.

The biggest winnings in online poker came from the 2010 Online Poker World Championship Main Event. The tournament was organized by the PokerStars poker room with a buy-in of $5,200. 2,443 players took part in the championship, and the prize fund was $12.22 million. As a result, Tyson "POTTERPOKER" Marks won the first prize of $2.3 million.

12 of the 15 biggest poker victories have come from World Series Poker tournaments. Gamingpost has produced the 5 biggest poker winnings in tournament history.

WSOP Main Event 2014

The 2014 tournament started on July 5 and lasted 9 days. In November, 9 finalists gathered again to compete for the grand prize. A total of 6,683 players participated in the event, and the total fund was $62.8 million. The main prize of the tournament was won by a Swedish poker player named Martin Jacobson. He returned home with $10 million and a new bracelet. Second place went to Felix Stephensen, who went home with $5.15 million.

2006 WSOP Main Event

The 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event is considered the largest tournament the poker world has ever seen. The event was attended by 8,773 players. The prize fund was as large as possible - $ 82,512,162. Due to the number of players, the organizers had to spend the “starting day” four times. Then four groups were reduced to two, and then to one. And the final table with nine players kicked off on August 8th.

The championship was won by Jamie Gold. He received a prize pool of $12 million. Second place went to Paul Wasica, who won $6.1 million. Starting on day four, Gold was in the chip lead and knocked out 7 out of 8 opponents at the final table. Before the final game, he was the clear chip leader. Therefore, to knock Paul out and return home with his top ten, he used Q-9.

Big three

The three biggest events in poker were not in the main event of the WSOP - they are all hosted by the non-profit One Drop Foundation.

The foundation was founded by Guy Laliberté, who is also the founder of Cirque du Soleil. The organization's goal is to provide crisis-affected regions around the world with clean drinking water. For each buy-in in each event, $111,111 is transferred to the help fund.

The largest buy-in for the fund was $1 million for the annual no-limit hold'em event, which is also part of the WSOP. The tournament offers the world of poker not only the largest buy-in but also the largest payout. The Big One for One Drop event kicked off in 2012 and the largest single payout in poker ever happened in its debut episode.

2014 Big One for One Drop

Dan Coleman has the second-largest winning in poker history. The total prize fund of the tournament was $37.3 million. To return home with $15.3 million in prize money, Coleman beat 42 competitors. Second place went to Daniel Negreanu, who went home with $ 8.29 million. The win put the poker player in first place in the All-Time Money List. In this tournament, his total real-time winnings exceeded $36.5 million. The event was also dramatic on the last hand because of the huge pot that Coleman beat Negreanu in the last few hands with A-4.

2018 Big One for One Drop

In the final tournament, Fedor Holtz defeated Justin Bonomo to win the $10 million first-place prize pool. The player also got another bracelet to the one he had previously won in the tournament. With this victory, Bonomo took first place on the All-Time Money List. Daniel Negreanu, who has been on the first line since 2014, is an underdog. As a result, Bonomo's record win was a whopping $43 million.

2012 Big One for One Drop

This highly respected WSOP event drew 48 participants in 2012 with a prize pool of $42.67 million. The biggest prize went to Antonio Esfandiari, and he returned home with a prize pool of $18.35 million. This is the highest payout in tournament poker history. The important point here is that during the final hand Esfandiari got 7-5 offsuit and beat Sam Trickett with his Q-6.

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