Nevada is the #1 Home to Poker Players in America

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Las Vegas is the poker capital of the world, so it’s no surprise that Nevada is birthplace of several of the world’s best players. A recent study has proven this, with the state topping the list of the most popular birthplaces of poker plyers in America, with New York and Washington rounding out the top three.  

The World Series of Poker has compiled a new map that shows the concentration of poker players who were born in various parts of the United States. The data was gathered by analysing the Hendon Mob pages of the top 1000 players. The full Top 10 is:

  1. 1. Nevada
  2. 2. New York
  3. 3. Washington
  4. 4. New Jersey
  5. 5. New Hampshire
  6. 6. Kansas
  7. 7. Maryland
  8. 8. Michigan
  9. 9. Louisiana
  10. 10. Delaware

Many of the most successful poker players in the world currently live in Nevada, as well. Here are just a few of the stars that you might bump into while walking down the strip:

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson is one of the forefathers of the professional poker world. He has played the game for over 50 years, and was the first player to ever earn $1 million in tournament winnings. He has 10 World Series of Poker bracelets to his name.

Brunson is credited with helping to make poker into the game it is today. He was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame back in 1988, and has written several books on the topic.

Erik Seidel

Erik Seidel has eight WSOP bracelets to his name, and has amassed over $34 million in tournament winnings over the years. $5 million of that total comes from the 26 WSOP t that he has cashed in.

He has a very impressive track record, and has been very prolific in his earnings. By January 2017, he was the first player to have won over $5 million in a single year more than once. He also spent 15 weeks at the #1 spot on the Global Poker Index in 2011.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey is one of the best-known poker players in the world, having won 10 WSOP bracelets. His current live tournament winnings total more than $27 million, and he sits at 13th place on the All-Time Money List.

In 2017, Ivey was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. He also received the Poker Player of the Year award from All-In Magazine in both 2005 and 2009.