Cars, Guns and Villas: A Glimpse into the Crazy Poker Pro Lifestyle
Luxurious mansions, lush Italian cars, and not to mention, posh private parties are just some things that come to mind when we talk about celebrities from the film and sport industries. But now, a new breed of individuals have been inducted into the millionaire’s club – The Professional Poker Player. The lifestyles of the most affluent players in the game are comparable with other VIPs in the world. Let’s have a peek into the…
Richest Names in the Business
The King of Instagram needs no introduction. Bilzerian boasts over 24 million followers on Instagram where his extravagant lifestyle is on full display. And guess what? With 706k followers, even his cat Smushball is more popular than you!
The self-proclaimed Bill Gates of Poker owns a $100 million Bel Air mansion which spans 31,000 square feet which includes a movie theatre, a bowling alley, 60-car parking lot and 25 luxurious bathrooms. Not only that, but he also owns a Gulfstream jet, a range of exquisite sports cars and more automatic weapons than you can count!
Phil Ivey: Nicknamed the Tiger Woods of Poker, Ivey has enjoyed an illustrious career at the felt. The 10-time WSOP bracelet winner has garnered respect and adulation from contemporaries and is regarded as the most all-round player in the world. And sure enough his success has translated into millions. Ivey’s net worth is reported to be approximately $100 million.
Close to sandy beaches and pleasant waves, Ivey owns a lofty villa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. But his luxuries don’t stop there. Like most celebrities, Ivey possesses a fleet of hot wheels, chief among them are his $500,000 Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren and his $400,000 Rolls Royce; that’s almost $1million!
Ever wondered what $40 million in live tournament winnings and a long-term contract with PokerStars gets you? Step inside the not-so-humble abode of arguably poker’s biggest names, and you’ll know. In a house tour he gave recently, Negreanu mentioned how he renovated his mansion giving it an “Austin Powers meets PeeWee Herman” theme. The Canadian pro’s home boasts an arcade which features 8000 games and a beer tap connected to the side! Adjacent to his arcade is a trophy cabinet which hold his six WSOP bracelets and a picture of Barack Obama.
Moving on to rides, Negreanu drives a scarlet red, fully electric luxury Tesla S series worth $100,000 brandishing a personalized number plate ‘DNEGS’.
Nicknamed the “Magician”, the Iranian origin professional poker pro magic isn’t limited to the theatre. Antonio Esfandiari is among poker’s most accomplished stars with upwards of $27 million in live earnings and 3 coveted WSOP bracelets to his name. The 39-year-old and his wife Amal Bou-Nahra recently purchased a $3.425 million mansion in Venice, California which boasts 4 bedrooms, a detached 2-car garage and a glass-enclosed fireplace.
An options trader in 1980s, Erik Seidel chose the life of playing cards following the market crash in 1987. Fast forward to the present, and the 8-time WSOP bracelet winner finds himself on the poker summit. The 58-year-old is now third in the All-Time Money List with roughly $35 million in winnings.
Unlike the others on the list, Seidel lives a quiet life with his wife and two daughters. Travel is the one thing he splurges on. Going by Sly on the poker table, Seidel posts travel pictures from Beijing, London, New York, Barcelona and many more cities around the world on his Instagram profile.
If there was a physical representation of ‘living the dream’, then the lifestyle of these millionaires comes mighty close. The finest cars in the world, mansions as tall as the sky, more money than you could count, and best yet, the freedom to do whatever you desire are among the best luxuries the Poker Pro way of life affords you. So, do you think it’s time to kick-start your poker career?