Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world with an active player base of more than 100 million people. Although it’s known for being a high-stakes game where winning isn’t guaranteed, poker can be extremely lucrative in professional circles. In fact, some professional poker tournaments can even offer up prize pools of up to $42.6 million. That’s a pretty hefty paycheck for playing a card game.
Globally, only a small percentage of poker aficionados ever make it into these high-paying big leagues. The handful that do become millionaires nab endorsements, book deals, and make media appearances that further increase their income.