Top Black WSOP Players of All Time

Top Black WSOP Players of All Time
Many folks have carved out a successful career by playing poker. However, the road to becoming a professional poker player is not paved with gold. A post by SkillUp Ed on Medium.com notes that in order to become a top poker player, one needs to be aware of their opponents, be ready to adapt to new environments, learn the art of bluffing, diligently put in the hours, as well as having the ability to keep calm in stressful situations. On top of that, top poker players should also be fearless by playing against people who are better than them. Doing so allows them to improve their skills and formulate foolproof strategies that will give them an edge at the poker table.

Being able to join the top poker ranks and playing in huge tournaments can spell a lifetime of success. A post on Poker.org notes that the most famed live festival in this sport, the World Series Of Poker (WSOP), offers players a chance to participate in various tourneys, one of which guarantees a $5 million prize pool. Over the years, we’ve seen plenty of WSOP players find success and reach career milestones. In this post, we highlight some of the best black poker players who have graced the WSOP.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is arguably the most famous black poker player of all time. With 10 WSOP bracelets under his belt and a World Poker Tour title, Phil Ivey has rightfully earned the moniker ‘the Tiger Woods of Poker’. In 2017, Phil Ivey was inducted to the World Poker Hall of Fame, thanks to his reported winnings of more than $26 million just from playing live games. His net worth is also reported to be over $100 million, making him one of the richest poker players in the world. Aside from his stellar poker career, Phil Ivey is also known for his charitable heart, as he continues to fund various charitable organizations.

Paul Darden

Through his mentor, Phil Ivey, Paul Darden was able to make a successful career out of poker. In 2001, Paul Darden was able to snatch a WSOP bracelet playing in the $2,500 seven-card stud event. His total poker earnings are reported to be over $2 million, with him catching his biggest prize of $300,000 at a Texas Hold’em tour event back in 2005. While he’s been under the radar in recent years, Paul Darden has been seen playing in various pro circuits. Aside from having a triumphant poker career, Paul Darden also owns his own nightclub and is an avid rap music promoter.

David Williams

Texas native David Williams has made a name for himself in the poker scene by winning one WSOP bracelet in 2004 and earning an accumulated live winnings of more than $8 million. Despite making it to the final table of the WSOP main event in 2004 and finishing second to Greg Raymer, David Williams still took home a staggering $3.5 million for the runner-up prize. His love for the classic card game has been ignited by another strategy card game, Magic: The Gathering. Aside from his poker career, David Williams is also known for his stint as a competitor on the seventh season of MasterChef, where he was able to make it to the final round.

The aforementioned poker players are proof that it’s possible to make a living out of playing poker, as long as you know how to play your cards right. For more articles on celebrated personalities, be sure to check our Entertainment section.
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