Even in a day and age where gambling is increasing popularity all over the world, there still aren’t many gamblers who have been able to achieve celebrity status. That’s especially true for gamblers who prefer playing casino games or betting on sports. With that said, there is one group of professional gamblers who have been allowed to shine in the public spotlight.
Professional poker has become highly popular over the last 20 years. Much of that popularity has come from the community’s public exposure through multimillion-dollar poker events like the World Series of Poker Main Event out of Las Vegas. With TV exposure and so much weekly tournament money there for the taking, some poker players have been able to develop quite a public following. That includes online poker players who were one day be making withdrawals with ecopayz in Canada, and the next day raking in millions on TV. With a substantial following, some of the poker playing elite have been able to supplement their poker winnings with endorsement deals.
Arguably, poker players are risk-takers. They aren’t prone to being soft-spoken or without confidence. Instead, many of them are verbose and flashy. As a case in point, here are a few descriptions of the sports cars driven by some of the best poker players in the world.
Daniel Negreanu: Telsa S Series
Might as well start at the top of the heap. In the poker world, Daniel Negreanu is among the conversation as one of the best poker players of all-time. At 45 years of age, this smooth-talking Canadian has already laid claim to six World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) championship titles. He has also amassed an estimated net worth of $50 million through poker winnings and endorsement deals.
Not one to hide his success, Negreanu has gone luxury ecological friendly with his scarlet red Telsa S Series. This choice doesn’t seem to match his personality but certainly indicates he prefers space and innovation over flash.
Phil Ivey: Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren
For some of the wrong reasons and many of the right ones, Phil Ivey stands as one of poker’s superstars. As one of the poker community’s most cunning players, Ivey has amassed 10 World Series of Poker bracelets and a World Poker Tour title.
In Ivey’s case, the car does seem to match the personality. Ivey is all flash with his Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, which tops out at speeds of 200-mph.
Vanessa Rousso: Bentley GT
Yes, the ladies can play pretty good poker as well. Vanessa Rousso is generally considered one of the best female poker players in the world. Known as Lady Maverick on the poker circuit, she has lived up to her name by winning close to $4.0 million in poker earnings over the years. She also isn’t afraid to flaunt her success as she takes to the road in her sleek silver Bently GT.
Dario Minieri: Porsche Cayman
At the age of 35, Dario Minieri has already established himself as one of the best young Europen poker players in the world. He won his World Series of Poker bracelet in 2008 on the way to amassing enough money to purchase his metallic blue Porsche Cayman.
Patrik Antonius: Aston Martin Vanquish
Finnish professional poker player Patrik Antonius is one of the most feared players on the internet where he once claimed a cool $1.3 million by winning an online tournament in 2009. His Aston Martin Vanquish V12 might not be flashy, but it certainly points to the player’s European roots.