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Poker is widely played in Southeast Asia because of the huge influence of foreigners. Gambling in Malaysia concentrates on attracting tourists and non-Muslim locals. The country’s betting ordinance specifies that Muslims cannot engage in any gambling because they are under the Sharia Law.
Since most Muslim locals cannot legally play poker in Malaysia, they get inspiration from international poker stars who had made it big in the industry. For some enthusiasts, buying a supercar can be synonymous with success in the poker scene.
Poker Players and Their Supercars
Daniel Negreanu (Tesla Model S)
Daniel Negreanu was acknowledged as the best player of the decade by the Global Poker Index. He has won the championship titles for the World Poker Tour twice and has also won 6 World Series of Poker bracelets.
With tournament winnings of nearly 40 million dollars, he acquired an environmentally-friendly Tesla Model S for $71,000.
Negreanu’s scarlet red Tesla S scores 9.3 out of 10 in performance and is really a prize catch. It has a floor-mounted battery pack making it reliable for impact protection. It has impressive aesthetics with a high-strength architecture built for an electric vehicle. The Tesla has an outrageous 2.4 seconds 0-60 mph acceleration, adaptive air suspension, and a Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive powered by an all-electric powertrain that can deliver exceptional performance in all weather conditions.
Its standout feature provides you with advanced safety and convenience autopilot. It is designed to assist you in some parts of your driving. Model S is a class on its own packed with an expansive 17-inch touchscreen, ample storage, and seating for up to five adults. A standard glass roof illuminates a spacious interior for every passenger. The car also comes with an outstanding ambience sealed with an advanced noise engineering that creates sound dynamics similar to a recording studio.
With its incredible performance and uncompromised design, Tesla Model S is made for speed and strength, just like Daniel Negreanu is one the felt.
Phil Ivey (Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren)
Phil Ivey has a lot to show with what he has done in his career as a professional poker player. He has won six World Poker Tour final tables, the Bellagio, the Triton Super High Roller Series, the Monte Carlo Millions, Super High Roller Series, the Aussie Millions, the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, and a lot more in his tournament success.
Ivey has been a consistent winner and already played with poker legends and budding young stars. Late Night Poker, High Stakes Poker, and Poker After Dark are some of the most-watched appearances on televised cash games. Phil even capitalized on online games at RailHeaven during Full Tilt Poker’s heyday, which made him even more famous.
Established as one of the well-known professional poker players, Phil Ivey is worth $100 million already. That’s why it was easy for him to own a Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren.
One of the only 150 units Mercedes has built, Phil owns this monster roadster for the price of 1.24 million euros. If you purchased one unit, it would be exciting to pick the car up in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.
The production of the car was made in the British brand’s shop in Woking, England, and it is a collaboration between McLaren and Mercedes. The team made a 641 horsepower, 5.5-litre supercharged V8 engine and install it on a 722 edition as they improve the SLR Roadster. It has an impressive 3.7 seconds 0-60 mph acceleration and a top speed of 208 mph.
Sam Trickett (Ferrari Spider)
Sam Trickett is an English professional poker player from Nottinghamshire, England. He is well-known for winning second, in the Big One for One Drop and receiving $10 million in prize money. He is now the 12th highest earner in tournament play.
Sam Trickett was once a professional football player, but injury struck his career, so he stopped playing. He then became a regular in poker events in Sheffield as he started playing poker in 2005.
In 2008, he took home $215,178 by winning the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour (GUKPT) Luton Main Event, and he won six times in the 41st World Series of Poker.
His total live tournament winnings as of February 2019 amount to $20,849.00 and earning 2nd on the England all-time money list and 20th on the all-time poker money list. With all these winnings, he awarded himself a Ferrari Spider for $250,000.
The car owns an outstanding 3902cc turbo-charged V8 engine with a maximum power output of 670 CV. It also houses the higher gears by the Variable Torque Management system and can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds flat. And in 8.7 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h. It also includes the evolved version of Ferrari’s side-slip angle control system which gives the car better handling and balance.
The Spider’s interior was inspired by Ferrari’s Formula 1. Some commands are clustered on the steering wheel, and the other pods are mounted with an angle directly towards the driver on its dash.
The distinctive character of the Spider is its hardtop and is very essential to the features of the Ferrari. It gives drop-top driving a more pleasurable experience.
Michael Mizrachi (BMW Alpina B7)
Michael Mizrachi was an aspiring doctor, but he dropped out of college and pursued his career as a professional poker player. He then tasted success immediately with an attitude of grinding it out every way he can to win the game. Thus, he was called “The Grinder” where results are winning sums and earning him money.
He made a victorious return in 2010 with one of the most memorable WSOPs of all-time after a couple of years of absence in the tournament. He then continued his winning spree at the World Series of Poker, winning the $50,000 Players Championship.
Michael Mizrachi has 16.9 million dollars worth of winnings because of his aggressiveness. His character reflects with that of his car, the BMW Alpina B7, which costs around $120,000. The BMW Alpina B7 offers a 4.4-litre V8 engine with new intercoolers, turbos and other hardware that makes it a bulky 590 lb-ft of torque and 600 horsepower. It comes with an eight-speed automatic transmission complete with shift buttons on the back of the steering wheel spokes. Gears quickly swapping is an improvement every owner would enjoy.
Patrik Antonius (Aston Martin)
Patrik Antonius is a Finnish professional poker player that has regularly competed at the high stakes, successful in both online and live cash games. He also accumulated $11.4 million in live earnings in the tournament scene. He has also appeared in one of the most significant cash game pots televised live, and he also won the largest recorded online pot in history.
In the 2018 Super High Roller Bowl China, 75 of the world’s best players joined in with a $271,000 buy-in tournament. Patrik sealed the match with a runner-up finish and took home $3.1 million. He won €522,750 when he joined the PartyPoker LIVE MILLIONS Germany €25,500 high roller. Patrik had so much interest in tournaments that lead him in organizing the 2019 Patrik Antonius Poker Challenge. The event highlighted Patrik’s inputs in improving the players’ experience in tournaments.
With all his earnings, he managed to acquire an Aston Martin Vanquish V12 for himself. A car made famous from the James Bond, Die Another Day movie. The Vanquish contains a V12 engine that gives out 580 bhp. An impressive 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds proves an astounding acceleration and these numbers make the Vanquish a thrilling drive.
The Touchtronic III ZF eight-speed automatic transmission conveys an unbelievable 130 milliseconds shifting. It also includes launch control, which can balance the transmission, traction aids, damping, and throttle. Drivers must make an optimum take off to utilize the full power potential of the car.
Vanessa Rousso (Lamborghini Gallardo, Bentley Continental GT)
Vanessa Ashley Rousso is an American professional poker player. Also known as Lady Maverick, Vanessa is a television personality and a DJ as well. She became one of the game’s sex symbols, and she has earned her money since 2005 in numerous live poker events.
Rousso is one of the biggest poker winners of all time, and she rewarded herself with a Lamborghini Gallardo and then a Bentley GT in stylish silver to match all the fortune that she made.
The Bentley Continental GT attributes a full, low body summoning a striking presence and speed. The seats come with a streamlined design and a minimalist style that give comfort and elegance. Functions of this outstanding car include cooling, heating, massage functions, and ventilation.
The Lamborghini Gallardo has a mighty engine fitted in a sexy sports car body. This unit houses a 10-cylinder engine, and you could imagine the power that it can give out. Its distinct colour feature makes it a more sophisticated and more aggressive and distinctive personality.
Supercars owned by poker player gives average players a peek into their financial management and general outlook in life. Their cars say something about each poker star and how it valued their lifestyle. Poker can teach a lot about handling money. If you made it big, make sure that you have saved enough money. Don’t forget to give yourself credit for what you have done. But keep in mind that all things are temporary.