It goes without saying that nowadays eSports is one of the fastest growing industries. However, similar to regular sports, the professional gamer's are struggling to find themselves after their career is over. While they earnings of the eSports pros have started to grow quite a lot, it is still difficult to find a professional eSports player that has earned enough during his career to be settled for the rest of his life.
As a result, you get a 20-something year old gamer-retiree who has (most probably) missed out to get a degree and proper work experience, but already got used to spending few thousand bucks on his lifestyle. This is why so many professional eSports players are turning into poker…as the game shares quite many similarities and also provides high payouts.
Today we are going to take a look at the list of the most famous eSports gamers that made it to the top of the poker tournaments prepared for you by the TopEsportsBettingSites.com website – a page that hosts tons of useful eSports betting content, bookmaker reviews and various tips. Bertrand Grospellier aka ElkY
This Frenchman is one of the first professional eSports players and, in the same time, he is one of the best known poker players too. Essentially, ElkY has been known for being the first European Starcraft II player to move to South Korea – the most competitive place to play SCII. Until now Bertrand’s total winnings have exceeded 13.5 million US dollars, and even though it may sound like ElkY is quite busy playing poker, he still is a professional eSports player. Yes, that’s right, ElkY still plays Hearthstone for TeamLiquid.
Yohwan Lim aka BoxeR
While most of poker players hardly have heard about Yohwan, there is no StarCraft player that has not heard of BoxeR – the world’s best Terran player who was also the face of Gillett and was known for insuring his fingers for over a 1,000,000 US dollars. While BoxeR has been one of the most successful eSports players with annual salary of around 400,000 US dollars and another 100,000 US dollars of various promo contracts, his poker winnings are not so exciting. Until now, BoxeR has pocketed a bit more than 300,000 US dollars.
Griffin Benger aka shaGuar
The first two entrants of the list represent the same game – StarCraft II. It is obvious that a strategy game requires a similar way of thinking, yet not every ex-eSports poker pro comes from the RTS background. Mr Benger, also known as shaGuar, has been playing a First-Person-Shooter that combines lots of teamwork – Counter-Strike. Until now shaGuar has won nearly 3 million US dollars playing online MMTs.
It does seem like a transition into poker is getting more and more common for the professional eSports players as it does seem like the skills required to be successful in poker are quite similar. However, we have also seen the things going into opposite direction. Quite a few professional poker players have joined the eSports crowd, mostly by playing Hearthstone.