Posted in: The Poker Reporter Blog , Cold Hard Facts
In just eight weeks or so, one out of the nine players at the final table of the WSOP main event will win $10m.
Getting that kind of money - basically for playing cards for a week, wrapped around a four-month break - is a pretty unique thing.
The famed winner shots of the happy player standing behind a wall of cash also contributes to the general image of poker players as guys who live the good life without doing much for it.
It's true to some extent. Top poker players make millions of dollars. And the $21m Dan Colman has earned so far in 2014, which has spurred much debate about both the glory and realities of tournament poker, is an impressive number to say the least.
But, truth be told, top poker tournament players are miles away from what top earners in other businesses cash out every year. PokerListings Germany's Dirk Oetzmann breaks it down.