Pro poker is one of the highest paying out events and the prize pools are only getting bigger as it continues to get more popular than ever before. The World Series of Poker Main Event (WSOP Main Event) is where you'll find the biggest poker prize pools ever seen, ranging into the tens of millions and bringing one skilled pro poker player one of the biggest prizes ever seen at any competitive event.
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Although the pattern with prize pools usually getting bigger every year, in a shock twist last year the WSOP Main Event only comes 5th on our list, with 2017’s tournament not even making it into the top 5.
The lucky winner of the prize pool was Qui Nguyen, who personally took home just over $8 million as his first ever prize.
The 2008 WSOP Main Event saw Peter Eastgate take home a piece of the 4th biggest prize pool ever won. His win rewarded him with $9,152,416.
At the time Eastgate was the youngest player ever to win the tournament, only aged 22, beating Phil Hellmuth’s record, of 24 when he won it back in 1989. Sadly, this record was taken away the following year, when Joseph Cada won the following year’s event at only 21 years of age.
Third on our list takes us forward three years to the 2011 WSOP Main Event, where German player Pius Heinz took home his first place prize of $8,711,956 from this massive prize pool.
It was a double victory that year for Heinz, who also managed to secure himself a Main Event bracelet, which is awarded to the winner of every event at the annual WSOP. He became the first German to ever manage this feat.
The 2010 WSOP Main Event saw Jonathan Duhamel win the tournament and take home a first prize of $8,944,310 from the second largest prize pool ever hosted at a poker tournament.
This victory also netted him a Main Event bracelet, making him the first Canadian player to ever win one. As of today, Duhamel holds three WSOP bracelets, but has still only managed one Main Event victory.
But at number one, the largest prize pool ever seen in the history of poker tournaments happened well over a decade ago at the 2006 WSOP Main Event. Player Jamie Gold won the tourney, taking home the first prize of $12,000,000. There was some controversy following the win as Gold, who also worked as a talent agent, was in charge of securing some celebrity endorsement for the event.
Bodog Entertainment agreed to pay his $10,000 entry fee in exchange for him providing the celebrity faces, but also wanted half of any winnings. Things didn’t go to plan, as Gold kept all the money, and after several years of court battles, the matter was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.