Biggest online poker winners

If you’re new to online poker but have played all the versions of the game with friends, it won’t take long to get used to the differences between the two. Online gaming can be a little solitary but it can also be very profitable on occasion.

Very few players will ever reach these heights but it would be wrong to assume that you cannot land big wins across the internet and as these professionals have proven, you can make some serious money in the comfort of your own home.

1. Phil Ivey

Back in September 2013, Ivey was involved in a matter of controversy but the man dubbed the ‘Tiger Woods of Poker’ defended his use of the Edge Sorting technique. The World number one stood to lose a lot of money over the incident but after earning more than $20m at the virtual tables, it shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

At the real-world versions of the game, Ivey has taken an incredible nine WSOP titles and once won around $11.5m in just two sessions.

2. Patrik Antonius

Finland’s Antonius has captured over $11m in online career earnings and although he is some way behind Ivey at the top of the table, he does hold the record for the biggest single internet win at a shade over $1.35m.

3. Phil Galfond

Maryland’s Galfond has a World Series of Poker Bracelet which he won back in 2008 but the 31 year old is rarely seen at the live tables these days. Galfond is so successful in the online world that he devotes himself almost exclusively to internet based play and it’s easy to see why.

In a relatively brief career, Galfond has secured over $10m in online poker earnings and with age on his side, he may yet challenge Phil Ivey’s position at the top of the money league.

4. Di Dang

Di Dang and his brother Hac spent their college years learning and developing poker strategies but few people can accuse the siblings of wasting their education. Both have recorded some impressive wins but Di is by far the most successful of the two and his online earnings pot now stands at around the $8m mark.

Dang is another player who is rarely seen in live play and outside of poker he has business interests that have seen him open a restaurant near his home in Northern Virginia.

5. Daniel Cates

Cates and Di Dang are poised to swap positions at the top of the online league and currently, the ‘Jungleman’ is just a few hundred dollars behind his rival. Cates is known for his head to head battles against Tom Dwan which have helped to boost his earnings quite considerably.

If you’re a complete poker novice then it is unlikely that your earnings will ever reach the heights of these players. However, there is money to be won but in the first instance, it is advisable to learn the game and develop your strategies by playing for fun with your friends.