Texas Hold'em is arguably the most popular variation of poker and is thus unsurprisingly the favorite game of card enthusiasts. But more than just fun, skill, and strategy, Texas Hold'em can result in fame and fortune.
Here are a few of the most accomplished players of offline and online Texas Hold'em.
With more than $3 million in winnings over his professional gambling career, Stu Ungar is reputed to have been one of the greatest players of Texas Hold'em poker and gin rummy. He was a three-time winner of the Super Bowl of Poker and the World Series of Poker's Main Event. Ungar was also one of only four players to win WSOP Main Event titles consecutively.
Unfortunately, Ungar developed a drug problem and spent much of his prize money on his addiction. He died in 1998 because of a heart condition brought on by his long-term abuse of drugs. Ungar's highest tournament winnings include:
American professional poker player Jason Koon was born in 1985 and learned how to play Texas Hold'em poker while recovering from an injury. It was then that he realized that he could make plenty of money from the game.
Koon proved that idea to be true, having won more than $31 million so far in his career as a professional gambler. He has won big in Texas Hold'em online and offline tournaments, and his top winnings include:
Born in the mid-1990s, Linus Loeliger is a professional poker player from Switzerland whose focus is on online No Limit Texas Hold'em (NLHE) cash games. He began playing low-stakes Texas Hold'em in 2013 and in 2016 he started playing high-stakes online poker under the alias "LLinusLLove" on PokerStars.
Loeliger has won nearly $2.5 million so far in career cash games, and his career as a professional gambler is still young. Among his biggest winnings are:
Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Viktor Blom was born on September 26, 1990. He learned how to play Texas Hold'em poker in 2004, when he was 14 years old. A year later, at the age of 15, he had won a total of more than $275,000 total at different online Texas Hold'em casinos.
Blom's total winnings as of July 2021 have reached upwards of $3.25 million. Two of his biggest cash prizes are: