Top Five Nations that Produce the Best Poker Players

Most poker players only play casually and don’t consider it to be a lifelong profession or find their way to any type of rankings. From those that do, the United States has produced the highest number of live tournament players. Slowly but surely, poker in India will also pick up the steam.

According to the Hendon Mob, the largest live poker database, the United States far outranks every other nation worldwide with $5.4 billion in earnings. However, when ranking by money won by an individual player, Canada tops the list with Daniel Negreanu.

The list that follows only takes live tournament ranking into consideration. Without further ado, here is the top five as per Hendon Mob,

  • 1.United States

Live poker players native to the United States have racked up a colossal $5.4 billion in earnings to date, which is $5 billion more than the next country in the list.

Some of the players of US origin are the best in the world, namely Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Erik Seidel, and Antonio Esfandiari. Others with large earnings feature Jason Mercier, Dan Coleman, Jamie Gold, Scott Seiver, Vanessa Selbst, Brian Rast, and Tom Dwan. Owing to the population of the US, the prevalence of the live version, and years of online poker popularity, clearly it is the US that produces the best poker players on the globe.

  • 2.Great Britain

England ranks number 2 in the world with upwards of $554 million in live earnings. Many of the biggest earners from the UK are not as well recognized, although David “Devilfish” Ulliott and Sam Trickett are quite popular. Other notable names feature Jake Cody, Liv Boeree, Victoria Coren, and Chris Moorman. Interestingly, Hendon Mob also originated in the same nation.

  • 3.Canada

Sitting approximately $50 million behind the UK is Canada with more than $499 million in live earnings. The country is quite vast and emerged into the poker boom roughly the same time as the US.

Of course, leading the list of players is poker legend Daniel Negreanu with his $32.3 million in lifetime earnings. But there are countless others who have contributed to that overall earnings number too, including Mike McDonald, Jonathan Duhamel, Sorel Mizzi, Mike Watson, and Gavin Smith. Canada has also produced some of the top online poker stars, many of whom haven’t revealed their names yet.

  • 4.France

The lifetime earnings listed from the nation of France are nearly $374 million, just $100 million behind Canada. However, France has struggled with its gambling laws and the overall stigma surrounding poker and gambling for many decades.

The most noteworthy poker player to emerge from France is Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier, but other big names feature Fabrice Soulier, Patrick Bruel, David Benyamine, Ludovic Lacay, and Roger Hairabedian.

  • 5.Germany

The country that completes the top five list for the production of poker players is Germany with more than $313 million in earnings. No other country crosses the $300 million mark as of April 2016.

Akin to France, Germany has also struggled and continues to drive its way through gambling restrictions, but many players came up through the poker boom, before the game attracted so much scrutiny. Ole Schemion is one of the newer and more popular players residing in the country, but Tobias Reinkemeier is the one who has gathered the most earnings to date in live tournaments. Others in that group feature Pius Heinz, Fabian Quoss, Philipp Gruissem, Marvin Rettenmaier, Dominik Nitsche, and Fedor Holz.