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3 Professional Poker Players Who Became Wealthy After Retiring

Most people look down on professional gamblers. Most high-rolling gamblers get there at the poker table, but even the best have lost millions of dollars on other bets or by making bad investments.

While this may be true for some people, it’s not a guarantee that a career in professional gambling will succeed for everyone. It’s true that some professionals can now retire in style.

I’ll talk about seven such athletes who made a lot of money before retiring. Some of these ex-professionals still enjoy gambling on occasion, but they don’t rely on it for a living.

Don Johnson

Don Johnson was a relatively unknown gambler before he won $15 million in Atlantic City casinos in 2011. He is one of the most notable Oregon State alumni in the world of poker, and his profile can be found on

Casinos saw Johnson as a recreational high roller despite the fact that he had worked as a state gaming regulator and created software for horseracing. Since he was so wealthy, he could afford to play for the highest stakes, but the casinos never saw him as a threat.

Fedor Holz

To date, German poker prodigy Fedor Holz has accomplished more than any other young player in the game’s history. He’s only 26, but he’s already won $32.5 million in live tournaments.

Holz won his first major tournament in 2014 at the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and took home $1.3 million. He eventually used his windfall to go on a historic winning streak at the highest-stakes poker games.

Between the end of 2015 and the end of 2016, he earned over $17.5 million from concerts and other live performances. Highlighting this run was One Drop’s $4.98 million victory in the 2016 WSOP High Roller.

Holz is currently eliminated from the competition. But he still plays poker for fun and is quite good at it. For instance, in the $6 million WSOP Big One for One Drop tournament in 2018, he came in second.

The poker community in Germany, both online and in person, generally agrees that Fedor is one of the best players in the world.

Haralabos Voulgaris

When it comes to NBA gambling, H-Bob (Haralabos Voulgaris) has a better track record than anyone else. In the early 2000s, he came up with a strategy to take advantage of useless halftime scores.

According to Voulgaris, the oddsmakers disregarded the circumstances that led to more points being scored in the final period. He lost a lot of money at first, but turned things around by betting the “over” on second-half totals.



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