According to the Poker Players Alliance, 15 million U.S. adults play online poker for real money! To date, there have been three significant, single-event winnings via online poker. The first payout occurred during the 2008 World Championship of Online Poker, in which first place title went to Yevgeniy Timoshenko. He walked away with a cash prize of $1,715,200 (from the $10,925,000 prize pool).
Two years later, Tyson Marks claimed the first place title of the 2010 World Championship of Online Poker, with a cash prize of $2,278,097 (from the $12,215,000 prize pool). Finally, the 2011 PokerStars 5th Anniversary Sunday Million winner was Luke Vrabel, with a first place cash prize of $671,093 (from the $11,825,600 cash pool).
In terms of poker earnings, Antonio Esfandiari from the U.S. boasts the largest total winnings with his staggering, $25,578,279 poker payout collection! In close second is American player, Erik Seidel, with total earnings that teeter around $21,499,344.
Sam Trickett from Great Britain has earned a total of $19,875,539 in poker payouts, while Daniel Negreanu from Canada is not far behind, with a cool $19,467,156. American player Phil Hellmuth has earned a total of $17,947,106 in poker payouts, and Phil Ivey (also from the U.S.) has tallied $17,649,220 in online earnings.
PokerStars is the number one trafficked, online poker site, with a seven-day average of 20,800 online players! Full Tilt Poker comes in at second, with 2450; iPoker with 2250 online players; 888Poker with 2100, and PartyPoker with 1960 active players.
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