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Jul 2020
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Celebrate Independence Day With These Poker Icons

by Christine in Features category

Okay, so maybe that title is a tiny bit misleading. You can celebrate Independence Day with all of these iconic poker players. But only virtually. No, you’re not going to be rocking up to various mansions to hang out with the best US poker players ever this weekend. However, stick with us. Let’s remember how the USA shines on the felt both in bricks and mortar establishments, during high tension live events and, of course, online.

Who are the best US poker players?

There are loads of different criteria we could decide on to determine the best US poker players. But for the purposes of this article, we’re going to focus on high earners. When we say high, we’re talking nosebleed. This trio are topping the Hendon Mob All Time Earner list with their impressive seven-figure wins.

Bryn Kenney

If you’re from the UK or Ireland, we’re pretty sure the way New York native Bryn Kenney chooses to spell his first name sends shivers down your spine. But another thing likely to cause goosebumps is his incredible mass of earnings.

Kenney cashed for this first time in 2007 and has been a steady earner ever since, earning a reputation on the felt as a very solid player. His first WSOP win was in 2014, where he came out on top after competing in the $1,500 10-Game Mix 6-Handed Event. Since then, he’s cashed in 32 WSOP events and made it past the bubble seven times.

He’s had a lot of stellar tournament earnings, but his biggest was during the Triton Million in August 2019, where he bagged over $20m after finishing in third place. Now that’s some payday, right?

That win secured his place at the top of the Hendon Mob’s All Time Money List. Currently, his earnings stand at well over $56m.

Justin Bonomo

Hailing from Fairfax, Virginia, Justin Bonomo is a man dedicated to the high roller tables. At just 33, this poker player has made a huge impact on both the United States poker scene and the world stage with his stunning wins.

His incredible $10m win during the infamous WSOP $1 million Big One for One Drop event in 2018 made him the highest earner in the poker world. Although now outpaced by Kenney, this high scoring player isn’t quitting yet. He’s netted multiple seven-figure wins all over the world, bringing his total lifetime earnings to a cool $49m.

Dan Smith

This guy isn’t known for his personality on the felt like some other larger-than-life US poker players, but Dan Smith is quietly amassing quite the fortune. Born in New Jersey and now living in Las Vegas , Smith really started making a name for himself during the Aussie Millions Poker Championships in 2012, where he netted over $1m during the $100,000 NHLE event.

He also final-tabled several times during the WSOP Big One for One Drop. In that event, he netted $4m in 2018 and $3m in 2016. His biggest win to date was during the mammoth Triton Million. He scooped up over $8.7m for his third place finish during that legendary event. No wonder his total lifetime live earnings stand at over $36.7m

Inspired by the best US poker players?

Maybe you want to try your hand an amassing your own poker fortune? Now we can’t promise that you’ll get anywhere near the stratosphere of these incredibly high achievers. But maybe you can get a few juicy wins yourself. And hey, everyone’s bankroll has to start somewhere, right?

Looking for somewhere to start this 4th July weekend? We’d highly recommend checking out the online poker rooms at Coral. The tables are well designed and have plenty of action. Plus if you’re a new player, you can avail of this quite fantastic offer…

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