It is possible to have a lucrative career as an online poker player? Big jackpots sponsored by poker websites can help a player work the online tables as their main profession. No other job can offer this much excitement! Review the profiles of big online poker winners to find out the tricks of the trade. Most online poker winners had beginnings as everyday folk who took up online poker as a hobby and learned how to turn their poker skills into cash. Online poker takes a mixture of luck and strategy as a way to earn the biggest jackpots.
Gus Hansen hailing from Denmark was named the biggest online poker winner of 2011. By April of 2011, the online poker player had a total of $3.94 million in winnings to boast about after only a few months of online game play through Full Tilt Poker. The Danish poker star is one of the few players in the industry to have four World Poker Tour titles to his name. His lucky streak began in 2008 when he won over $1.2 million as the champion of the Aussie Millions Main Event. His favorite online poker games include the high-limit Pot-Limit Omaha games and Omaha 8/B Limit games. He’s earned several cash prizes from tournament play through Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars events.
The Frenchman was an online gaming celebrity before even taking up poker. Along with many online poker players, Grospellier was highly skilled at games of strategy. His cyber celebrity first stemmed from traveling to Korea as a participant in the World Cyber Games in 2001 to play his specialty Starcraft. He’s one of the top rated players in the world. Moving on to poker, he found he could make a lucrative living by entering into multiple online high stakes poker games. In 2008 and 2009, although practically a newbie to online poker games, Grospellier still managed to take home huge prizes. In the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker tournament, he cashed in with a total of $400,000 by placing in several of the top events including the $2,500 No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament. Two World Championship of Online Poker titles were earned by the player in 2009. He won the $530 One Rebuy No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em game for $232,000 and the $215 No Limit Hold ‘Em tournament for $263,000.
Phil Ivey is known as a kind of wunderkind in the poker community. Living in New Jersey, he began gambling at Atlantic City casinos as young as 18 with the use of a fake ID. During this time, he honed his poker skills and learned how to master the concepts of the game. As soon as he turned 21, he began winning poker table games at World Championship of Poker events. After only a few years, he was well-renowned on the poker circuit as an exceptional live and online player. Within only a few days in 2005, he made a total of $1.6 million by winning the Monte Carlo Millions tournament and FullTiltPoker.Net Invitational. In 2008, he was chosen as the highest grossing online poker player with an astounding $7.54 million made through virtual poker sites. His avatar is one of the most recognizable in the poker gaming community. His player has a white t-shirt with a basketball tank over it and typically wears a headset.
Out of Canada, Griffin Benger made a blazing debut in 2011 into the online poker gaming community. Throughout the year, Benger entered online poker tournaments and secured many of the site’s top prizes. For a $1,000 buy-in event sponsored by Absolute Poker, Benger won the top prize of $40,800. In a $100 Rebuy tournament from PokerStars, he came in second place and took home a total of $31,500. In the Full Tilt $750K in May online poker event, he earned $113,000. Benger is also a regular top finisher in PokerStars weekly Sunday Million flagship events. Prizes taken home by the Canadian during this event include $36,700 for an eighth place finish. His favorite online poker games to play are $100 Rebuys.
Alexey “NoPasaran” Makarov
Makarov won a few smaller online poker jackpots in 2007 through 2009. However, in May of 2010, he won his first major online poker prize by earning over $150,000 by placing in the Spring Championship of Online Poker tournament. The Russian poker player was a force to be reckoned with during the 2011 season. He was named one of the top five online poker winners for the year with estimated earnings of $1.8 million. His forte is for entering into epic long sessions at high stakes online gaming events. His active accounts are found on popular poker websites such as Full Tilt and PokerStars. He also took home $81,000 from winning the FTOPS XX Event 28 tournament during 2011. His online handles for poker websites include “NoPassaran” and “Lucky Gump.” Makarov performs best when playing Pot Limit Omaha online poker games.
Christopher “NigDawG” Brammer
The United Kingdom based poker star was a big winner in 2011 by bringing home large jackpots earned from placing in online based tournaments. In 2011, he won the coveted online Triple Crown poker crown. His largest jackpot was $200,000 by coming in second during the PokerStars FCOOP Main Event. Other winnings during the year derived from taking home $64,000 from PokerStars Super Tuesday event and $35,000 in the Sunday Mulligan. As an online poker player, he is currently ranked as third internationally and number one in the United Kingdom. His online handle is “NigDawG” and he also favors $100 Rebuy virtual poker games.
If you’re curious about the top recent winners on a particular website, the site should offer an area that showcases the top jackpot amounts given during that day. It will also have a winners circle listing poker tournament winners and amounts won. Higher prizes typically require a minimum buy-in amount and you may have to play several rounds in order to be considered eligible for the tournament.