Tourney to crown
more millionaires

Jun 20, 2006 4:02 AM

Until recently, well-known poker players such as Johnny Chan, Phil Hellmuth, T.J. Cloutier, and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson dominated the all-time money standings.

But with purses bigger than ever, all it takes is a final table appearance or two in the main event to make it into the Top 20 list.

For instance, in last year’s championship event, all nine finalists took home at least $1 million. This year, the WSOP is expected to crown at least that many millionaires in the $10,000 buy-in event.

Moreover, the earlier tournaments — with buy-ins ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 — are expected to attract hundreds of players, who will be vying for prizes that could reach the mid-to-high six figure range.

Thus, players who get on a streak will be able to rake in the earnings rather quickly, making that millionaire plateau that much closer to attain.

At of the start of this year’s tournament, here are the top 20 money winners in World Series of Poker history:

Hachem, Joe $7,525,850

Raymer, Greg $5,429,475

Dannenmann, Steve $4,250,000

Chan, Johnny $3,786,914

Cloutier, T.J. $3,771,081

Hellmuth, Phil $3,606,410

Williams, David $3,500,000

Harrington, Dan $3,475,858

Arieh, Josh $3,187,590

Ferguson, Chris $3,101,467

Seidel, Erik $3,072,166

Moneymaker, Chris $2,521,000

Brunson, Doyle $2,279,459

Nguyen, Men $2,208,647

Ungar, Stu $2,081,478

Varkonyi, Robert $2,000,000

Seed, Huck $1,990,414

Tomko, Dewey $1,973,104

Nguyen, Scotty $1,972,615

Johnston, Berry $1,909,647