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Poker Leaderboard: The Best Of The Michaels

by Card Player News Team |  Published: Jun 14, 2023

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Rank Player Career Earnings
1 Michael Addamo $25,470,225
2 Mike Watson $20,229,070
3 Michael Mizrachi $17,277,429
4 Mike McDonald $13,424,368
5 Michael Soyza $12,818,271
6 Mike Matusow $9,654,793
7 Mike Leah $8,324,562
8 Michael Binger $7,001,957
9 Mike Sexton $6,001,739
10 Michael Wang $5,490,322

With Mike Watson making poker history recently as just the third player to win multiple European Poker Tour main event titles, we thought it might be a good time to take a look at where the Canadian poker pro stands in one of the most prestigious of poker leaderboards: the best players named Michael.

When ordered by lifetime tournament earnings, Watson currently sits in second place with more than $20.2 million. The multi-time EPT champion and World Poker Tour main event winner also has another $12.7 million in recorded online earnings, which aren’t accounted for on this list. It would have been enough to put him ahead of top-ranked Michael Addamo, if the Australian didn’t have an impressive online résumé of his own.

Addamo has nearly $25.5 million in recorded earnings, including four World Series of Poker gold bracelets and the $300,000 buy-in 2021 Super High Roller Bowl, which saw him earn more than $3.4 million.

Sitting in third place is two-time WPT champion and five-time bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi. The man known to many as ‘The Grinder’ has accumulated nearly $17.3 million in career earnings. He also has the distinction of being the only three-time winner of the WSOP $50,000 Poker Players Championship event, having hoisted the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy in 2010, 2012, and 2018. His largest-ever payday came when he finished fifth in the 2010 WSOP main event for just over $2.3 million.

There are many other highly-accomplished Michaels on this list, including all-time EPT main event earnings leader Mike McDonald, current high roller regular Michael Soyza, four-time bracelet winner Mike Matusow, bracelet winner and WPT champion Mike Leah, 2006 WSOP main event third-place finisher Michael Binger, the late Hall of Famer Mike Sexton, and two-time bracelet winner Michael Wang. ♠