What cars do famous poker players drive?
They've won millions playing poker, but what cars do famous poker players drive?
They've won million-pound jackpots and now have the cars to match their earnings, keep reading for DT's guide to famous poker players' rides.
Sam Trickett is currently the twelfth-highest earner in all-time tournament play and, well, he likes his fast cars. In 2012 he came second in the inaugural Big One for One Drop picking up more than $10,000,000 in prize money in the process. What do you do when you win that kinda moolah? You buy a Ferrari, of course! And Sam made a great choice going for Ferrari's mid-engine monster of the period, the 458 Italia, saying at the time he "couldn't stop smiling". That wasn't such an issue in 2015, when he binned it into a hedge, caving in a corner and setting off both airbags.
Okay, so Giancarlo Fisichella isn't one of the worlds greatest poker players – he probably isn't even that good – but he was the first F1 driver to be signed up by a professional poker team. As a result, Giancarlo's had access to the hottest wheels here. He took fourth place in the 2006 F1 Driver Championship behind the wheel of his 700hp+ 2.4-litre V8 Renault, which tipped the scales at a mere 600kg. Apparently, Fisichella swears by practising his game online, and there's us thinking he'd be Monaco or nothing.
Phillip Ivey Jr.
Phillip Ivey Jr. has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, one World Poker Tour title, appeared at nine World Poker Tour final tables and was inducted to the Poker Hall of Fame in 2017. What does one of the world's most successful poker players drive? Well, he's been seen in everything from Aston Martins to Rolls Royce Phantoms, but our pick of the cars he's owned is a Mercedes SLR McLaren Roadster, with a supercharger so big it needs 120hp just to spin it. Alas, the Roadster misses out on the gullwing doors that make the coupe so iconic. No wonder he sold it on eBay three years after buying it.
Keen not to make the same mistake Ivey Jr. made, Daniel Negreanu's whip of choice does get gullwing (well, falcon-wing) doors and while it's definitely not as cool as a Mercedes SLR McLaren, you can bet it'll be just as quick in a straight line and significantly more practical. Negreanu specced it in moody Midnight Silver Metallic with 22-inch black alloy wheels so – a bit like when he plays – few would guess he holds all the cards in terms of power.
Why buy a car with cash when you can do it using your love for gambling? That's the thought process Dario Minieri must have gone through when he became the first person ever to buy a car – a 2007 Porsche Cayman S – with 3 million frequent player points. Okay, so the Cayman isn't the most exotic car here but if you want bang for your, er, frequent player points, then the Cayman S' combination of a gorgeous 3.4-litre flat-six and mid-engine layout means you won't find much better. Inspired – we're sure – by the Porsche's delicate handling balance, Minieri went on to win a bracelet at the 2008 World Series of Poker at the age of 23.
The son of a corporate takeover specialist, Dan Bilzerian has lived well – very well, if his Insta's anything to go by – off a trust fund set up by his father. Failing to pass Navy SEAL selection, he followed numerous career paths including professional poker, finishing 180th in the 2009 World Series of Poker Main Event. He's owned everything from Dodges to Ferraris as part of a $4,000,000 car collection. Cleary he can drive, though. He once raced and beat famous attorney Tom Goldstein – who was driving his Ferrari 458 Italia – while behind the wheel of his lairy 1967 AC Cobra, winning a won a $385,000 wager in the process. Mind you, if you think it's all good being young, handsome and loaded, a word of warning – Bilzerian had two heart attacks by the age of 32.
Between 2005 and 2011, Vanessa Rousso took $3.5 million in winnings and put her cash to good use, splurging it on at least two Lamborghini Gallardos – a yellow coupe and a baby blue roadster – and a Bentley Continental GT. The qualified attorney and TV personality, along with her late husband Chad Brown, became the first married couple to be featured on the same major online poker team. Sadly, the couple separated in 2012 and Rousso announced her engagement to her current partner Melissa Ouellet – a longterm girlfriend – in 2015. Ouch.
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