There have been some great tournament poker wins in the past, with millions of dollars worth of prizes. In this article, we will list the top 5 biggest poker wins in tournament play ever.
Interestingly enough, only 3 out of the 5 winners in our list has made it to the top 20 richest poker players ever top list on Gambling Times – which tells us something about how important consistency is, and not just the really big one offs.
Three out of the five biggest poker wins comes from the tournament “The Big One for the One Drop” which is a non-main event hosted during the WSOP tournaments. The tournament benefits the non-profit organisation “One Drop Foundation” which works to provide water in areas where water is hard to come by.
The tournament has a $1 million buy-in, and due to the high buy-in it can offer some of the highest poker prices ever.
So sit back, relax and enjoy the thrilling stories behind the biggest wins ever in poker!
1. $18.35 million win by Antonio Esfandiari – Big One for One Drop at WSOP 2012
The highest recorded tournament win in poker took place back in 2012. In a classic heads-up between poker players Sam Trickett and Antonio Esfandiari the latter won the last hand with 7 5 off over Trickett’s Q6 suited.
The last hand truly is a nail-biter, and you can tell Esfandiari can’t believe what he just achieved. See the last hand where Antonio Esfandiari wins $18.35 on YouTube here.
2. $15.3 million win by Dan Colman – Big One for One Drop at WSOP 2014
At the 2014 edition of the Big One for the One Drop hosted at the WSOP Dan Colman took home $15.3 million after beating Daniel Negreanu (who “only” won $8.29 million coming in second).
However, Daniel Negreanu is among the top 10 richest poker players in the world, with a total net worth over $50 million, so perhaps Dan Colman needed this win more.
3. $12 million win by Jamie Gold – WSOP Main Event 2006
Out of 8773 players in the WSOP Main Event tournament 2006, Jamie Gold won the tournament and became the world champion in Poker, taking home a whopping $12 million.
Coming in second was poker player Paul Wasicka, cashing in $6.1 million out of the total $82.5 million prize pool.
4. $10 million win by Justin Bonomo – Big One for One Drop at WSOP 2018
This WSOP final table heads-up was really exciting to watch. Justin Bonomo versus Fedor Holz and the former won the battle taking home $10 million.
This made Justin one of the richest poker players ever, as his total live poker earnings went up to crazy $43 million.
At this time, Justin Bonomo is the 8th richest poker player in the world sitting at a $49 million net worth.
5. $10 million win by Martin Jacobson – WSOP Main Event 2014
The WSOP final table of 2014 with a prize pool of staggering $62.8 million took place in November, even though the actual tournament with 6,683 players in total was played between the 5th and the 14th of July the same year.
Out of the 9 final players Martin Jacobson was the last man standing after a heads-up against Felix Stephensen.
Jacobson won a total of $10 million and Stephensen who came in second place won almost $5.15 million.
That was the 5th and last position of our top 5 biggest poker wins in history. This top list is due to change in the future, and we can’t wait to see what massive wins will be paid out to the poker players of the future.