Posts Tagged ‘One Drop Foundation’

Chief DealerBy: Chief Dealer

Throughout the history of the gaming industry, including, of course, the world of POKER, there have been fortunes lost and fortunes gained. Many poker players have built fortunes that most of us can only dream about.

In the latest Forbes annual list of the world’s wealthiest people you will find a few individuals who have amassed some mind-boggling fortunes directly from the gaming industry and some, more specifically, from poker-related biz.

Sheldon AdelsonTopping this list is the Chairman and CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, Sheldon Adelson, coming in at 13th wealthiest in the USA, and 18th world-wide with a net worth of $38 billion.

Lui Che-wooLui Che-woo, owner of a series of Asian-based casinos including the StarWorld Macau and the Galaxy Macau. Che-woo has amassed somewhere around $11 billion and made the list at number 82 in the world.

Mark ScheinbergMark Scheinberg made a fortune directly from poker, to be exact, from online poker. Scheinberg, together with his father Isai Scheinberg, founded PokerStars and after selling it along with his holdings of Full Tilt Poker, now has a net worth of $4.1 billion and he is only 41 years old. Scheinberg made this year’s Forbes list at number 405 in the world.

GGuy Laliberteuy Laliberté, the creator of Cirque du Soleil, made the list at 1,006th place world-wide. Laliberté is the founder of the One Drop Foundation. The foundation raises money to help provide access to clean water around the world at the World Series of Poker through the million dollar buy-in One Drop Tournament.

We cannot ignore poker players who have made sizable fortunes that, although not getting them into Forbes, certainly qualifies them as hard to ignore holders of poker wealth. Here is a quick list of these players:

Sam Farha, the well-known professional poker player, has an estimated net worth of $100 million. Phillip Ivey is a poker player with a net worth of $100 million. Dan Bilzerian, poker player and film actor, has an estimated net worth of $100 million.

We cannot possibly name all the players who have raked in millions of dollars at the poker tables, but no one can ignore the vast amounts of dollars within the Poker and Gaming Industries.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

The Eurythmics said “Sweet dreams are made of this, Who am I to disagree?” I totally agree but my version is slightly different. Mine goes like this: “Poker dreams are made of this, who are you to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas playing poker and you may find what you’re looking for.”

These guys have certainly had their poker dreams come true.

Daniel NegreanuDaniel Negreanu the “Poker Kid” has won six World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championship titles. As of 2014, his poker dreams have provided him with live tournament winnings that exceed $29,750,000

Antonio “The Magician” Esfandiari, born Amir Esfandiari, was a professional magician, and now is known for his elaborate chip tricks and his impressive poker earnings. He has won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets in his career, including the “Big One for One Drop” in 2012, a $1,000,000 buy-in tournament benefiting the One Drop Foundation. As of 2014, his total live tournament winnings exceed $26,250,000

Phil IveyPhil Ivey  is another dreamer who never let go of his poker dreams and became one of the top money-making professional poker players. He has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title and appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables. As of 2014, Ivey’s total live tournament winnings exceed $21,400,000.

Erik Seidel was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2010 and continued dreaming to amass, as of 2014, total live tournament winnings exceeding $20,800,000.

Sam Trickett is another dreamer turned professional poker player who, as of February 25, 2014, had total live tournament winnings of  $19,877,332, placing him 5th on the all-time poker money list.

Phil Hellmuth with Pocket Bullets Paris at the WSOP

Phil Hellmuth with Pocket Bullets Paris at the WSOP

Phillip Hellmuth, the “Poker Brat,”  dropped out of the University of Wisconsin to pursue his dreams of a poker career. As of 2014, one could say that his dreams paid off. He has total winnings of more than $18,175,000 and has earned an incredible 13 WSOP bracelets. He still dreams of being the greatest poker player of all-time. By many people’s standards he has already seen that dream come true at the poker tables.

There are a lot more players who have traveled the world and the seven seas looking for something, and who have found that what they were looking for was the right cards, at the right time, at the poker tables. Many of them, men and women, too many to mention here,  certainly know that poker dreams are made of this. Who are we to disagree?

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