November 29, 2021

Poker pros and their beginnings in the game

Poker pros and their beginnings in the game

Poker is one of the biggest card games in the world. It allows players to make their way to big prizes with a mix of skill, luck and sheer grit. However, to make it to the top of the game takes a lot more than people think. We’ve looked at the starting points for some of the top players in the world at the moment.

Justin Bonomo

Justin is a big name in the Poker world, with three WSOP bracelets to his name so far. However, he didn’t get his start in the world of card games by checking out an online casino guide. He started out with a different card game. Justin Bonomo started playing at just the age of nine, but it wasn’t with traditional playing cards.

He started out playing Magic: The Gathering, progressing so quickly that by the age of 12, he was able to compete in tournaments against other top players. At 16, he switched to Poker and built up his skills fast enough to turn a $500 stake into $10,000. By the late 2010s, he had managed to amass almost $15m in prize money, showing just how far his skills had come.

Daniel Negreanu

While many players do use a Poker guide to develop their skills, Daniel Negreanu developed his skills playing in charity games in his home country of Canada. Playing in this area allowed him to build up his skills to a level where he managed to put together an impressive bankroll. So much so that by the age of 21, he decided to move to Las Vegas and try to make a living by playing.

Unfortunately, the step up was too much and he lost all his money and ended up going back home. This defeat just built up his resolve and made him more determined to improve. He repeated this several times before his skills were good enough to become a success. Negreanu is now one of the best players of all time and has even been inducted into the Poker hall of fame.

Erik Seidel

Seidel has a different story to other players. He started out as a pro player on the Backgammon circuit. He made his way across the country playing in tournaments and making a name for himself as a top player. However, it was while playing in these games that he took an interest in Poker. He started studying the game but took a day-to-day job to provide a stable income for himself.

By 1992, he had made the switch to playing on the Poker circuit and has managed to grab 8 WSOP bracelets since then. On top of this, he has also won the EPT and the WPT. What makes this achievement so impressive is that Seidel did this while also working regular jobs. It means he went pro a lot later than other players and achieved more in a much shorter time span.