Something that began as a fun game among friends is today a multi-dollar business. For more than a decade now, poker fans have been enthusiastically participating in fantasy poker. It is a virtual game where teams form or draft teams chosen by their fans. These teams compete in tournaments to earn points and the team with maximum points wins. Using apps and websites their fans track their team’s performance and compare their team’s game statistics to see the best fantasy poker team.
Best poker players
Bryn Kenney- $55.5 million
Kenney was born on 1st November 1986 in New York. Kenney started playing in 2003 with the first game being Magic: The Gathering. At the age of 21, he came second in a $1,070 buy-in event at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona for $34,446. In 2014 he won a WSOP bracelet for $153220. He also won two Triton tournaments a HK$1 million tournament for $2,713,859 and a $HK500,000 for $1,431,376. He bagged his first seven-figure prize in the $100,000 Super High Roller 8-Handed event in 2016 where he previously finished third. His ultimate win was in 2017 when he came to the biggest live tournament winner of the year with $8.505 million in total cash. Kenney is one of the best poker players who has won an eight-figure prize in the past 13 years.
Daniel Negreanu- $41.8 million
Popularly known as ‘Kid Poker’, Daniel Negreanu was born on July 26, 1974, in Toronto. This Canadian player holds the record for the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time. He as won 6 WSOP bracelets and has two WPT titles. In 2014, Negreanu was inducted into the Poker Fame. Cashing 108 times, Daniel has made 38 final tables owing to his incredible ability to read the opponents. He is the only player to win the World Series bracelets in Las Vegas, Europe, and Australia. He has also been named as the player of the decade from 2004-2013. Negreanu says he observes what hands his opponents play and their capability. In 2016 he won the $2,100 HORSE Championship $200K GTD winning a prize of $61,865.47.
Dan Smith- $36.7 million
Smith was born on 23 February 1989 in Manalapan, New Jersey. Popularly known as King Dan and Cowboy Dan, he started playing poker in 2007. 2012 was an important milestone in his career as he won the Aussie Millions Poker Championship $100,000 NHLE event for a prize of $1.04 million. Also, the same year over four days he won three NHLE events. His biggest career cash was at the Triton Million were secured third place and a prize amount of $8,765,628. In December 2013, Smith won the WPT Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic for $1,161,135.The global poker index ranked him 1st in the word In September 2014. The 30-year-old player has won over $10,000,000 in more than 74 cash in live poker tournaments.
Erik Seidel- $35.7 million
The American player born on November 6, 1959, in Las Vegas. Eric has won the WSOP bracelet 8 times and was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010. Seidel bagged the second place at the 1988 WSOP main event which kick-started his career. He has made 35 final tables and 92 cashes with his largest cash of around $2.5 million at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship $250,000 Super High Roller NLHE event in 2011. In the same year, Seidel won the $100K Super High Roller event at the WPT World Championship for $1,092,780. That year he took home more than $6.5m. In 2015, Seidel won €2,015,000 in the European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller. The 58-year-old was ranked 28 in the Global Poker Index in 2016.
David Peters- $33.1 million
Born on 16 April 1987 in Ohio, David is a confessed convert to online poker. He started winning in 2007 and is also known as the Silent assassin. He won his first six figures poker prize in 2008 at the Heartland Poker Tour when he won a cash prize of $130,178. In 2016 he won a bracelet at the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. In the same year, he was given the title of GPI player of the year. He has made it to 8 final tables and has bagged almost 50 cash in the WSOP. In 2018, he won the Poker Masters $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event and a prize of $1.15 million. In 2019, he came fifth at the HK$2,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em Triton Super High Roller Series Main Event winning $1,038,269.
Fedor Holz- $32.6 million
Holz was born on July 25, 1993, in Germany. He first won in 2012 at the €500 No-Limit Hold’em GPT II Deepstack Series Main Event when he won €15,320 bagging the second position. He won the WSOP bracelet in the $111,111 High Roller for One-Drop event in 2016. The same year, Fedor won the Triton Super High Roller for $3,463,500. His biggest wins were in 2016 2017 when he won more than $ 21 million. In 2018 he won his biggest cash at the $ 1,000,000 No-Limit Hold’em – The Big One for One Drop for $ 6,000,000. Holz was ranked 20 in the GPI and could have won the GPI Player of the title which was finally won by David Peters. Recently he came 2nd in the 2018 WSOP Big One for One Drop.
Stephen Chidwick (England)- $31.1 million
Chidwick was born on 10 May 1989 in England. He started playing live tournaments in 2006 and 2009 he came second in $300 Full Tilt Online Poker Series event winning $142,155. In 2018 he was the highest-ranked player on the Global Poker Index ranking. Also, he came 2nd in the PartyPoker MILLIONS Barcelona €100K Super High Roller for $1,352,531 and 3rd in the $300K Aria Super High Roller Bowl for $1,512,000. His biggest tournament was in 2019 when he won the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller event for $1,618,417. In the same year, he won his first WSOP bracelet. In over 11 years he has won 170 amounts of cash has been ranked #1 on England’s all-time money list. In 2019, he secured the 2nd place in the HK$1,000,000 Triton Refresh event and won $1,128,685.
Daniel Colman- $29 million
Daniel Colman was born in July 1990 in Massachusetts. He is well known for his Big One for One Drop win in the 2014 WSOP. He has one WSOP bracelet and made it to 2 final tables with his total WSOP winnings being $17,413,655. He has also won the second-largest largest single payout in poker tournament history of $15,306,668. He won $957,396 at the £60,000 No-Limit Texas Hold’em Main Event in London in 2014. He bagged the 3rd place at the $125,000 No-Limit Hold’em 2013 PartyPoker Premier League VII winning $194,000. In March 2017, he came won at the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em event where he won $342,240. He finished 1st at the SHR 6-Max Triton, where he earned US$473,408.
Antonio Esfandiari- $28.1 million
Born on December 8, 1978, in Iran, Antonio is commonly known as the ‘The Magician’. His first cash was won in 2002 at the WPT Gold Rush No-Limit Hold ’em Main Event when he finished 3rd and earned $44,000 He has a bracelet and is known for his chip trips. His first cash was $1.4 million at the Los Angeles Poker Classic of the World Poker Tour (WPT) in 2004. In 2006 Antonio bagged second at the Poker Superstars Invitational Season 3 Grand Final and won $120,000. In 2008 he made it to the final table in Monte Carlo winning around $266K. He won $10,000 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic finishing second and won $870,000. In 2010 he finished first in at the Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event and earned $870,124.
Phil Ivey- $26.3 million
Phil Ivey was born on February 1, 1977, in Las Vegas. Popularly known as “Tiger Woods of Poker“, Ivey has won 10 WSOP bracelets and a WPT title. He is also the youngest player to ever win ten bracelets. He has made it to nine final tables on the World Poker Tour and has earner around 3 million dollars in WPT cashes. In 2012 he won the Aussie Millions A$250,000 High-roller event and earned a prize of A$2,000,000. His largest achievement was in 2014 when he won 2014 Aussie Millions LK Boutique $250,000 Challenge for AU$4,000,000 when he became the first two time winner of the event earning $3.5m as prize amount.