Many people would be forgiven for thinking that Dan Bilzerian is the richest gambler in the world, but the truth is that the socialite – with a reported net worth of $150 million – is more a trust-fund beneficiary than poker success. While he certainly lives the life of a millionaire poker star, there are in fact legitimate gambling success stories. We count down to the richest of them all.
#4 – Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu comes in 4th place amongst the richest gamblers in the world, with a net worth of approximately $40 million. This professional poker player is the biggest live tournament poker winner of all time. He has amassed approximately $32 million in poker wins alone, with over 80 money finishes throughout his career. The Canadian has won 6 World Series of Poker bracelets and 2 World Poker Tour championship titles, and was named the best poker player of the decade in 2014.
#3 – Jonathan Duhamel
Jonathan Duhamel became the first Canadian to win a gold bracelet at the Main Event of the World Series of Poker in 2010, and he was just 22 years old when he achieved this! He has won over $17.5 million in live Poker tournaments alone, has 26 money finishes to his name, and has won 3 World Series of Poker titles in total. The fact that Duhamel has achieved all this in just a few short years should be an absolute inspiration to fellow poker players hoping to go pro.
#2 – Nigel Page & Justine Laycock
Some may not consider playing the lottery to be gambling per se, but try telling that to United Kingdom residents Nigel Page and Justine Laycock. They won a staggering £56 million (approximately $86 million at the time of winning) in 2010 on a Euromillions lucky dip ticket that Nigel bought online. The pair have since moved into a £4 million eco-friendly mansion, and reportedly gifted their housekeeper with their previous £400,000 home.
#1 – Andrew Black
While Andrew Black hasn’t made his millions by playing the casino tables, he is in fact the richest gambler on our list. With a reported net worth of over $200 million, he just happens to be on the other end of the gambling industry. Andrew Black, along with Edward Wray, founded Betfair, the world’s first and largest bet exchange in 2000 and hasn’t looked back since. We don’t blame him as what he’s doing is obviously working!
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