Four great rags-to-riches stories in Poker

“Rags to riches” stories are an integral part of poker history and there have been several players that have made a little go a long way but these four players took that extra step and cemented themselves in poker history.

Johnny Chan
A friendly and eminent poker player who’s been immortalized with a clip of his biggest win showed in the movie Rounders, Chan didn’t start off at a high note. He was born in China in 1957 and then moved to the United States in 1968 and ended up in Houston, Texas. Whilst his family restaurant business was troubling him to work nights and weekends and he had to attend the University of Houston as well. Poker called him and he answered. He made a big impact in the poker scene in 1987 after winning the first of two consecutive WSOP Main Events and has earned ten of the hallowed bracelets since then.

Daniel Negreanu

The Toronto-born poker pro had his family emigrated from Romania. He declared that he wants to be rich and begun hustling pool players and learning around various games before moving to Vegas at the age of 22 to earn a living playing poker. 2004 was a hell of a year for him and his fortune turned sharply after being named the WSOP Player of the Year. He’s grabbed four bracelets in his career and his earnings are in excess of $14,000,000!

Phil Ivey
It is tough to accept, but the holder of eight WSOP bracelets wasn’t always on top of the game. He commenced playing poker in back-room games at the firm where he worked and even used a fake ID to gain entry to Atlantic City’s casinos to commence earning real money. Ivey has over $14,000,000 in earnings currently to his name along with various high-profile endorsement deals.

Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker’s claim to fame was as great a jump as anyone has seen to date. He took a $40 seat in an online poker qualifier for the 2003 WSOP seat as an amateur and won the 839-strong Main Event a couple of months later. That grand prize of $2,500,000 has served him well and he’s still a pro poker player even today.