Hendon’s Heroes – Winningest Players by Country


[SS] “Naturally, I also wondered what the winningest countries were,” Stan the Stat continued, “besides the U.S., of course.”

[RR] “Canada”, Roderick the Rock claimed. “Especially after the Black Friday migration from the U.S.”

[SS] “We’re talking about live poker, not online, but yes, Canada is high on the list.”

[LL] “Russia and the U.K.” Leroy the Lion added.

[SS] “Hendon splits the U.K. into England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales, but England is still second, safely ahead of Canada.”

[RR] “I’d say the other biggest countries, but I don’t think either China or India has a lot of poker players.”

[SS] “Currently true, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that changes over the next couple decades.”

[LL] “Absolutely. The world is getting more connected every day. You’ll be able to play online poker from the middle of the Gobi Desert soon if you can’t already.”

[SS] “I might have gotten carried away a little, but here are six views of the poker millionaire data: millionaires per country, population per millionaire and the same for $5 million and $10 million cutoffs.”1

Poker Tournament Millionaires by Country

Rank Millionaires Country
1 815 United States
2 101 England
3 70 Canada
4 52 France
4 52 Germany
6 43 Russia
7 31 Australia
8 28 Sweden
9 23 Italy
10 20 Denmark
11 16 Finland
12 15 Netherlands
13 12 Ireland
13 12 Norway
15 11 Austria
15 11 Spain
17 10 Lebanon
17 10 Ukraine
19 7 Argentina
19 7 China
19 7 Greece
19 7 Hungary
19 7 Israel
19 7 Poland
19 7 Switzerland
26 5 Belgium
26 5 Wales
28 4 Bulgaria
28 4 Costa Rica
28 4 Czech Republic
28 4 Iran
28 4 Portugal
28 4 Romania
34 3 Lithuania
34 3 Malaysia
34 3 Mexico
37 2 Colombia
37 2 India
37 2 Japan
37 2 New Zealand
37 2 Scotland
37 2 Serbia
37 2 South Africa
37 2 South Korea
37 2 Venezuela
46 1 Brazil
46 1 Croatia
46 1 Cyprus
46 1 Indonesia
46 1 Latvia
46 1 Pakistan
46 1 Panama
46 1 Philippines
46 1 Singapore
46 1 Slovakia
46 1 Slovenia
46 1 Uruguay

Poker Tournament Millionaires by Density2

Rank People per Millionaire Country
1 287,276 Denmark
2 343,893 Finland
3 355,974 Sweden
4 396,498 Ireland
5 398,974 United States
6 437,681 Norway
7 519,911 Canada
8 542,439 England
9 598,800 Lebanon
10 613,000 Wales
11 783,890 Australia
12 797,084 Austria
13 847,000 Cyprus
14 951,167 Lithuania
15 1,138,073 Netherlands
16 1,198,853 Switzerland
17 1,222,595 Costa Rica
18 1,232,089 Israel
19 1,285,423 France
20 1,404,355 Hungary
21 1,551,145 Greece
22 1,580,302 Germany
23 1,788,446 Bulgaria
24 1,955,700 Latvia
25 2,064,241 Slovenia
26 2,268,567 Belgium
27 2,370,820 New Zealand
28 2,585,333 Portugal
29 2,634,289 Italy
30 2,641,217 Czech Republic
31 2,686,500 Scotland
32 3,412,265 Russia
33 3,480,222 Uruguay
34 3,538,186 Serbia
35 3,814,672 Panama
36 4,190,669 Croatia
37 4,255,636 Spain
38 4,263,510 Ukraine
39 4,940,000 Romania
40 5,426,252 Slovakia
41 5,489,544 Poland
42 5,607,300 Singapore
43 6,264,286 Argentina
44 10,624,833 Malaysia
45 15,514,350 Venezuela
46 19,941,225 Iran
47 24,486,300 Colombia
48 25,400,703 South Korea
49 27,954,000 South Africa
50 40,757,667 Mexico
51 63,475,000 Japan
52 103,476,000 Philippines
53 195,110,000 Pakistan
54 197,208,571 China
55 206,839,000 Brazil
56 260,581,000 Indonesia
57 654,670,000 India

Poker Tournament $5 Millionaires by Country

Rank $5 Millionaires Country
1 104 United States
2 11 Germany
3 8 Canada
4 5 England
4 5 France
4 5 Russia
7 3 Australia
8 2 Sweden
8 2 Denmark
8 2 Finland
8 2 Spain
8 2 Ukraine
8 2 China
14 1 Italy
14 1 Norway
14 1 Lebanon
14 1 Israel
14 1 Belgium
14 1 Costa Rica
14 1 Czech Republic
14 1 Malaysia
14 1 Indonesia

Poker Tournament $5 Millionaires by Density2

Rank People per $5 Millionaire Country
1 2,751,142 Finland
2 2,872,763 Denmark
3 3,126,577 United States
4 4,549,225 Canada
5 4,890,379 Costa Rica
6 4,983,637 Sweden
7 5,252,166 Norway
8 5,988,000 Lebanon
9 7,470,518 Germany
10 8,100,200 Australia
11 8,624,620 Israel
12 10,564,866 Czech Republic
13 10,957,260 England
14 11,342,835 Belgium
15 13,368,400 France
16 21,317,549 Ukraine
17 23,406,000 Spain
18 29,345,481 Russia
19 31,874,500 Malaysia
20 60,588,658 Italy
21 260,581,000 Indonesia
22 690,230,000 China

Poker Tournament $10 Millionaires by Country

Rank $10 Millionaires Country
1 30 United States
2 4 Germany
2 4 Canada
4 2 Denmark
5 1 England
5 1 France
5 1 Russia
5 1 Australia
5 1 Sweden
5 1 Spain
5 1 China
5 1 Indonesia

Poker Tournament $10 Millionaires by Density2

Rank People per $10 Millionaire Country
1 2,872,763 Denmark
2 9,098,450 Canada
3 9,967,274 Sweden
4 10,838,800 United States
5 20,543,925 Germany
6 24,300,600 Australia
7 46,812,000 Spain
8 54,786,300 England
9 66,842,000 France
10 146,727,405 Russia
11 260,581,000 Indonesia
12 1,380,460,000 China

[LL] “Wow, Scandanavia for the win.”

[SS] “And Canada… the countries with the highest average latitude and, I assume, the coldest weather.

Lastly, here are the leading earners in each country.”

Winningest Live Tournament Player by Country

Country Top Player Winnings
Afghanistan Sherkhan Farnood $627,647
Albania Muhamet Perati $443,785
Algeria Omar Lakhdari $767,150
Angola Loutfi Charmonkly $49,273
Argentina Ivan Luca $4,053,047
Armenia Aram Sargsyan $235,752
Aruba Victor Ng $16,130
Australia Joe Hachem $12,168,048
Austria Thomas Muehloecker $2,916,064
Bahamas Michael Garraway $85,831
Belgium Davidi Kitai $7,665,844
Bosnia & Herzegovina Alen Bilic $619,471
Brazil Alexandre Gomes $3,442,586
Bulgaria Dimitar Danchev $4,173,662
Canada Daniel Negreanu $32,619,169
China Elton Tsang $12,752,988
Colombia Farid Jattin $2,151,393
Costa Rica Humberto Brenes $6,131,270
Croatia Dragan Galic $1,343,798
Cyprus Charalambos Xanthos $1,140,494
Czech Republic Martin Staszko $6,167,340
Denmark Peter Eastgate $11,131,450
Ecuador Jessica Bedoya $90,088
Egypt Ahmed Abd El Fatah $338,307
England Sam Trickett $20,581,462
Estonia Madis Muur $759,756
Finland Juha Helppi $6,931,063
France Bertrand Grospellier $10,999,795
French Polynesia Souny Frederic $8,768
Georgia Revaz Gudzhabidze $188,752
Germany Fedor Holz $20,321,186
Greece Sotirios Koutoupas $2,048,944
Hungary Andras Koroknai $3,604,640
Iceland Runar Runarsson $337,300
India Vivek Rajkumar $4,427,667
Indonesia John Juanda $18,814,862
Iran Amir Vahedi $3,276,428
Iraq Mohamed Namir $111,522
Ireland Andy Black $4,676,143
Isle of Man Baard Dahl $150,225
Israel Amir Lehavot $5,677,933
Italy Mustapha Kanit $7,760,605
Jamaica Alexander Haber $183,735
Japan Masaaki Kagawa $1,522,450
Jersey George Clyde-Smith $181,422
Jordan Fuad Serhan $592,291
Kuwait Salah Alsayegh $81,863
Latvia Mihails Morozovs $1,656,573
Lebanon Kassem Deeb $8,578,258
Lithuania Antanas Guoga $4,826,338
Luxembourg Jimmy De Barros Livramento $140,863
Malaysia Richard Yong $5,973,913
Malta Alan James Brincat $134,225
Mexico Juan Carlos Alvarado $3,178,127
Monaco Ivan Barbuto $174,189
Morocco William Kakon $887,968
Netherlands Marcel Luske $4,417,615
Netherlands Antilles Steven Massa $45,023
New Zealand David Yan $3,399,270
Nigeria Emmanuel Arokodare $24,048
Northern Ireland Conor Tate $774,495
Norway Felix Vincent Stephensen $5,700,681
Pakistan Aurangzeb Sheikh $421,356
Panama Bolivar Palacios $1,041,774
Philippines Noli Francisco $1,348,630
Poland Dzmitry Urbanovich $4,963,835
Portugal Joao Barbosa $1,792,572
Puerto Rico Karlo Lopez $741,637
Romania Mihai Manole $2,169,720
Russia Igor Kurganov $12,042,541
Scotland David Vamplew $3,853,588
Serbia Andjelko Andrejevic $3,409,869
Singapore Diwei Huang $1,102,378
Slovakia Jan Bendik $3,220,669
Slovenia Casey Kastle $1,858,113
South Africa Raymond Rahme $3,546,347
South Korea Sunny Jung $1,306,308
Spain Carlos Mortensen $11,974,739
Sweden Martin Jacobson $15,211,709
Switzerland Claudio Rinaldi $1,693,288
Thailand Pakinai Lisawad $952,067
Turkey Onur Unsal $827,733
Turks and Caicos Islands Rhynie Campbell $638,769
Ukraine Eugene Katchalov $8,893,438
United Arab Emirates Shams Ahmad $168,139
United States Erik Seidel $30,963,853
Uruguay Fabrizio Javier Gonzalez Cataldi $1,224,690
Vanuatu Hoel Douaglin $17,665
Venezuela Ivan Freitez-Rosales $2,647,663
Vietnam Linh Tran $775,051
Wales Roberto Romanello $3,357,367

[SS] “Interesting to note the most populous countries without a poker millionaire:

  1. Nigeria: #7 with 186,987,000 people
  2. Bangladesh: #8, 161,626,000
  3. Ethiopia: #13, 101,853,000
  4. Vietnam: #14, 95,261,000 (despite more than a few very successful Vietnamese-Americans)
  5. Egypt: #15, 92,131,700

Bangladesh and Ethiopia don’t even have any players in the Hendon database, while Emmanuel Arokodare is the solitary Nigerian.”

[LL] “We should encourage Arokodare to teach his countrymen how to play poker. Maybe that would cut down on all those scam emails.”

Footnotes:

  1. Most of these are countries, anyway. The Hendon Mob database includes French Polynesia, Netherlands Antilles, and Turks and Caicos Islands for a total of 91 ‘countries’.

    Note: all tables are sortable by tapping the column headers (second tap to reverse the order).

  2. Population data retrieved from Wikipedia on December 19, 2016.

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