Originally Posted by StephenHero
How much do those big poker stars make a year excluding endorsements? I know they have their swings, but is it closer to high six figures, low seven figures, or up near high sevens? Guys like Helmuth, Ivey, Negranu, etc...
Totally depends. Some of those big names, like Ivey, who are known to be high stakes cash game players and are totally focused make a fortune. However, there are plenty of stories about similar types of players, like Doyle Brunson, who has won millions at the poker table and lost millions in an instant making stupid sports bets. Other guys like Matusow has a history of struggling to stay afloat. Stu Ungar, who was probably one of the greatest poker players ever, died broke and was always backed, because he didn't have the cash to play. Actually, I think you'd be surprised to know how many big names are backed, because they don't have the bankroll to play high stakes.
I really think a lot of it depends on how focused they can be with their lives. Negreanu seems to have it. Matusow doesn't. A lot of the skill that allows these guys to have the balls to make millions playing poker is the same thing that makes them blow it on other stupid gambles.