The growing popularity of poker in general, and specifically online poker, has created many new stars. Some of these celebrities are allied to a specific website where their fans can read about their wins and find out when they are playing. Some of the websites give their online players the chance to play against their stars in a series of satellite tournaments, where the lucky winner will be able to play against his idol in person at an international tournament.
The current top international winner is Eric Seidel, who has managed to amass an impressive fortune of $16,978,478 through his poke earnings. However, his star might be on the wane, as he only came 21st in the October 2011 World Series of Poker Tournament.
Another famous poker player is the Canadian Daniel Neagranu. This player dropped out of college at the age of just 21 in order to pursue his poker passion and has earned an impressive $14,924,143 from the game. Daniel Neagranu also plays under the catchy nickname of ‘Kid Poker.’
Women are also successful in poker. One of the best-known British players is the columnist and writer Victoria Cohen. Vicky has career earnings of $1,177,795 and first hit the scene in 2004. She went on to win $941,513 at the European Poker Tournament in 2006. Ms. Coren continues to dominate the game and plays in most of the major poker tournaments and events.
The female player who has earned the most money from her poker successes is Kathy Leibert, who has managed to amass an amazing $5,464,874. Ms. Leibert started to play poker at the age of 12 and has been playing for the last forty-four years.