The Five Most Profitable WSOP Players

The five most profitable WSOP players of all time

The 2020 WSOP Online starts today, July 1, so what better way to kick it off by looking at its most profitable players? WSOP keeps records of every single tournament it has ever run, making articles like this possible.

There are three different tables showing the most profitable players in WSOP history. We’re ignoring the first because players only need to have one cash to their name. Likewise, the second available table needs players to have at least 10 cashes to their name. We are focussing on the third table where players need to have at least 20 in-the-money finishes on their resume.

It’s unsurprising to discover all four of the top five won the WSOP Main Event at some time in their career. The non-Main Event winner triumphed in the Big One For One Drop. It appears you need a massive score to make you one of the most profitable players.

Greg Merson is the most profitable WSOP player

Greg merson is the most profitable WSOP player ever

Greg Merson is the most profitable WSOP player who has at least 20 cashes to their name. Merson has finished in the money 23 times and earned $10,188,715 for an average of $442,988 per money finish.

The man who calls Maryland home has two WSOP bracelets on his wrist. He shot to stardom in 2012 by becoming the only player to win two bracelets that year. It resulted in him pipping Phil Hellmuth to the Player of the Year title.

Merson won the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 6-Handed Championship for $1,136,197. He followed that up by taking down the Main Event for an additional $8,531,853. No doubt he’ll be in action during the 2020 WSOP Online.

Looking forward to someone to back at the WSOP? Antonio Esfandiari is your man
Antonio Esfandiari is the secondmost profitable player ever at the WSOP

Antonio Esfandiari’s 51 WSOP cashes earned him $22,365,691 for an average of $438,543 per in-the-money finish. The bulk of that impressive total stems from his 2012 bracelet win in the Big One For One Drop. Esfandiari won the whole shebang for an incredible $18,346,673, the biggest prize in WSOP history.

He also has another seven-figure prize to brag about. He finished fourth in the 2013 $111,111 One Drop High Roller for $1,433,438.

Martin Jacobson is the most profitable European WSOP player

Europeans love the WSOP, Martin jacobson is the most profitable of them all

Sweden’s Martin Jacobson is the only European in the top five most profitable WSOP players. The popular and talented Swede has 36 WSOP cashes on his record and his winnings add up to $12,143,293. That’s an average of $337,314 per score.

Those of you who keep abreast with poker news will know Jacosbon won the 2014 WSOP Main Event. This saw Jacobson reel in an eight-figure prize weighing in at $10,000,000!

Jacobson has four other six-figure hauls at the WSOP. $807,427 is the largest of this quartet, his reward for a sixth-place finish in the 2013 $111,111 High Roller.

Former WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel

Jonathan Duhamel

Canada’s Jonathan Duhamel comes in at number four with an average cash of $318,833. Duhamel assured his place in the most profitable player list thanks to an $8,944,310 prize for winning the 2010 Main Event. He won another giant prize five years later in the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop. This saw Duhamel win his second of three bracelets and an additional $3,989,985.

Joe Cada is still going strong at the WSOP

Four time WSOP bracelet winner Joe Cada

Winning four bracelets, including a Main Event, place Joe Cada fifth in the most profitable WSOP players. Cada has cashed for $13,610,088 across 43 tournaments for an average of $316,514.

Cada’s biggest haul came in 2009 courtesy of his Main Event win. The Michigan-based pro banked $8,547,044 that day. Amazingly Cada finished fifth in the 2018 Main Event for an additional $2,150,000.

Current Top 10

Place Player Country Average Cash
1 Greg Merson United States $442,988
2 Antonio Esfandiari United States $438,543
3 Martin Jacobson Sweden $337,314
4 Jonathan Duhamel Canada $318,833
5 Joe Cada United States $316,514
6 Antoine Saout France $278,726
7 Dan Smith United States $274,573
8 Justin Bonomo United States $259,865
9 Joe Hachem Australia $254,059
10 Joe McKeehan United States $252,495
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

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