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1. Antonio Esfandiari ($26,219,676)

Known as "The Magician" (largely because he once was a professional magician), Antonio Esfandiari has won two World Poker Tour titles and three World Series of Poker Bracelets. His most notable success was winning the 2012 "Big One for One Drop," the $1 million buy-in tournament that earned him $18.3 million – the largest prize in tournament poker history.

2. Phil Ivey ($21,252,120)

Widely regarded as the world's best poker player, Phil Ivey has won nine World Series of Poker bracelets and finished in the top ten of the WSOP Main Event twice. He has also made nine World Poker Tour final tables, including one win in 2008. He is also known for his cash game prowess, including a famous $16 million win over billionaire Andy Beal in heads-up limit hold'em.

3. Daniel Negreanu ($21,250,973)

One of the most popular and successful poker players in the world, Daniel "Kid Poker" Negreanu has six World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour championships to his name. The Canadian has also twice won the WSOP Player of the Year award (2004, 2013).

4. Erik Seidel ($20,325,957)

Erik Seidel is a member of the Poker Hall of Fame, with good reason. He's won eight World Series of Poker bracelets, and also finished second in the 1988 Main Event. He has been particularly successful in high roller tournaments in recent years, having won or placed highly in many events with buy-ins of $100,000 or more. He also won the 2011 National Heads-Up Poker Championship, defeating Chris Moneymaker in the final.

5. Sam Trickett ($20,005,248)

While Trickett may not be as well-known as many players on this list, he scored one of the biggest prizes of all time when he finished second to Esfandiari at the 2012 Big One for One Drop, winning over $10.1 million as a result. That was enough to make him the UK's all-time leader in live tournament earnings. Some of his other big wins include the $250,000 Challenge at the 2013 Aussie Millions and the 2011 Partouche Poker Tour Main Event.

6. Phil Hellmuth Jr. ($17,989,589)

Known for his occasional outbursts that have made him a must watch in any televised poker event, Phil Hellmuth is known as "The Poker Brat." But he's also an incredibly skilled player, having won a record 13 World Series of Poker bracelets and the 1989 WSOP Main Event. These achievements – among others – have earned him a spot in the Poker Hall of Fame.

7. John Juanda ($15,436,761)

The winner of five World Series of Poker bracelets, including the 2008 WSOP Europe Main Event, John Juanda has long been one of the most highly-respected players in the world of tournament poker. He won CardPlayer Magazine's Player of the Year award in both 2001 and 2002, and has made an incredible 30 WSOP final tables, along with six more on the World Poker Tour.

8. Michael Mizrachi ($14,563,402)

Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi has been a constant force on the tournament circuit over the past decade, and has proven time and again that he has the skills to compete with the world's best in any game. He proved this most dramatically by winning the $50,000 buy-in WSOP Players Championship twice (2010, 2012), the only player to accomplish that feat. In total, he has won three WSOP bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles.

9. Jamie Gold ($12,245,468)

Jamie Gold doesn't have many victories on his poker resume, but the one notable one was enough to earn him a place on this list. Gold was the winner of the 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event, taking home a prize of $12 million – at that time, the largest prize ever awarded in tournament poker. While he has not had any major victories since then, that one win ensured his name will always be remembered by poker fans.

10. Jonathan Duhamel ($12,242,517)

Like Gold, Jonathan Duhamel is mostly on this list on the strength of a World Series of Poker Main Event title. Duhamel won the tournament in 2010, winning over $8.9 million and becoming the first Canadian to capture the title. However, Duhamel has a handful of other major cashes to his credit, including a win at a European Poker Tour high roller tournament.

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