Top 3 Biggest Winning Poker Moments

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Top 3 Biggest Winning Poker Moments
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
2Bryn Kenney
3Dan Smith
4Stephen Chidwick
5Vivek Rajkumar
6William Perkins
7Alfred Decarolis
8Timothy Adams
9Wai Chan

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
2Paul Wasicka
3Mike Binger
4Allen Cunningham
5Rhett Butler
6Richard Lee
7Douglas Kim
8Erik Friberg
9Dan Nassif

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
2Sam Trickett
3David Einhorn
4Phil Hellmuth
5Guy Laliberté
6Brian Rast
7Bobby Baldwin
8Richard Yong

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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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