Top 3 Biggest Winning Poker Moments

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Top 3 Biggest Winning Poker Moments
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28 Dec

There have been many great events and series throughout the past fifty years of poker with chances to win life changing prizes. Tensions have certainly run high in the past with players being able to take home incomprehensible amounts of money. Let’s breakdown three of the biggest tournament payouts we’ve seen so far.


1: 2019 Triton Super High Roller Series - ‘Triton Million’


Marking the biggest payout in poker history, amateur high stakes player Aaron Zang surprisingly beat pro Bryn Kenney in the heads up in this year’s Triton London event. Although earning himself the title, Zang and Kenney agreed to a chop before heads up began with Bryn securing himself the biggest individual payout in poker history for $20,563,324. Zang, with very little live cashes himself, is a regular at the Triton Events but was a shock to many when he earned the win at the high stakes charity event.

1Aaron Shu Nu Zang
$16,775,820
2Bryn Kenney
$20,563,324
3Dan Smith
$8,765,628
4Stephen Chidwick
$5,368,947
5Vivek Rajkumar
$3,652,345
6William Perkins
$2,678,386
7Alfred Decarolis
$2,094,011
8Timothy Adams
$1,704,427
9Wai Chan
$1,460,938


2: 2006 WSOP ‘Main Event’ 


Apart from 2019’s winner Hossein Ensan, and 2014 winner Martin Jacobson, who both collected $10,000,000 for the Main Event titles. The biggest takeaway in WSOP Main Event history was 2006’s winner Jamie Gold. The champion took away a stunning $12,000,000 to secure the win in a field of 8,773 entries. 2006 also marks the year of the biggest ever prize pool ($82,512,162). 

1Jamie Gold
$12,000,000
2Paul Wasicka
$6,102,499
3Mike Binger
$4,123,310
4Allen Cunningham
$3,628,513
5Rhett Butler
$3,216,182
6Richard Lee
$2,803,851
7Douglas Kim
$2,391,520
8Erik Friberg
$1,979,189
9Dan Nassif
$1,566,858


Road to Glory 

Having ten years of previous live experience, this was Gold’s first Main Event entry, and what a way to start. Sitting down with legends like Johnny Chan and Chris Ferguson, Gold felt that watching these players really elevated his game and made him focus on the educational parts of the game. He said at the time ‘I remember being both confident and nervous’ but credits his ability to remain calm and continue to run deep in these events through his knack for picking up on his mistakes early. He says this only comes with years of experience


3: 2012 ‘The Big One for One Drop’


In 2012, Antonio 'The Magician' Esfandiari,  managed to pull of a heroic victory in the famous $1,000,000 Big One for One Drop tournament. Defeating Sam Trickett in the heads up, Esfandiari managed secure his second bracelet along with $18,000,000 for winning the prestigious event. He also achieved his third bracelet the same year in the $1,100 No Limit Hold’em competition. Esfandiari ranks 13th on the All Time Money List as of 2019.

1Antonio Esfandiari
$18,346,673
2Sam Trickett
$10,112,001
3David Einhorn
$4,352,000
4Phil Hellmuth
$2,645,333
5Guy Laliberté
$1,834,666
6Brian Rast
$1,621,333
7Bobby Baldwin
$1,408,000
8Richard Yong
$1,237,333

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James from Fife in the UK, is a semi-professional poker player who comes from an online cash and tournament background. He likes to express his passion for poker in his writing.Read more

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