Poker has become a worldwide phenomenon and it´s more popular than ever, players are now rock stars and receive lots of attention from the media and the fans alike. They are recognizable faces, and many young players want to follow their footsteps. You can see live poker games on TV or you can watch them through internet streaming, something that was unheard of several years ago.

In this year’s MSPT, which is Season 8, the top three players in earnings are from different nationalities and have very diverse personalities. Let’s find out a little more about the biggest winners of the tour.

3. Carl Carodenuto

Carodenuto is the only American in the top three money earners. His total earnings on the tour up until now is $$347,283. The Bloomington, Minnenstoa native is the most successful poker player on the MSPT with three titles. He won the MSPT Golden Gates in November 2016 and he also won MSPT Canterbury Park on two occasions, first in December 2015 and then again April 2016. He is the first and thus far only player to win back-to-back events at the same venue in MSPT history.

2. Thomas Boivin

Boivin is an experienced Belgium player that is testing his abilities on the MSPT. His earnings stand at $352,153. He is ranked seventh on the Belgium all-time money list according to HendonMob. Boivin’s riches come from his win in the 2016 MSPT Venetian Main Event, a title he attempted to defend this summer. He defeated pro poker player Mukul Pahuja on his way to becoming an MSPT champ.

This past summer, Boivin came close to winning a World Series of Poker gold bracelet on two separate occasions. First, he finished runner-up in Event #43: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em Shootout for $159,273. A week later, he placed third in Event #56: $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $264,306.

1. Nadar Kakhmazov

Kakhmazov is one of world’s hottest poker players this summer, a real rock star that competes in top tier tournaments. This Russian poker talent has earned $395,888 on the MSPT, all of which came back in June when he won the MSPT Venetian Main Event. With 3,273 entrants, it was the largest tournament in both MSPT and Venetian history. Kakhmazov did not stop there though as a few weeks later he won the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Six Max event that was part of the 2017 WSOP, which gave him a shiny gold bracelet to go along with his MSPT title.

Be sure to check back to the MSPT “News” section for more on the tour’s most successful players. In the meantime, if you want to take a path off the main road, check out Bonus Code Poker, the wtf of poker.