Poker is a very popular game in Mexico and there are a lot of amazing Mexican players that achieved great success and earned a lot of money by playing poker around the world.
While online poker has become increasingly popular in recent years, the top Mexican poker players on this list have predominantly made their names in the live tournament circuit. However, it’s worth noting that some of them have also found success playing online. For example, one of the players on this list has won multiple online poker championships and has earned millions of dollars playing online. Despite the rise of real money online poker sites, these players have proven that the excitement and challenge of live poker tournaments still hold a special place in the hearts of poker players and fans around the world.
Here are the top 5 poker players from Mexico:
Juan Carlos Alvarado
The most well-known player from Mexico is Juan Carlos “JC” Alvarado, who debuted in 2007 with two six-figure runner-up results.
The first was a $2,500 LAPC contest for $108,275. The following month, he got second place for $366,798 in Reno’s $5,000 World Poker Challenge.
While all his first victories were in the US, after 2008 JC started to make more money around the world, cementing his status as a Mexican poker legend.
Thanks to his poker skills, Santiago Nadal was able to amass thousands of dollars during his travels around Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
His first encounter with the game occurred with Texas Hold’em variation, when he was allowed to take part as a dealer at a room in Mexico City after being invited by a buddy.
After that his love for the game grew so much that it ended up becoming his passion and his work, resulting in an amazing trajectory with a lot of victories.
Velador has been playing professionally since 1997 and has earned more than $2 million in earnings besides winning two WSOP bracelets.
His two WSOP bracelets were won in 2008 and 2010, and these two victories alone brought him over $800,000.
Velador worked as a chip setter prior to turning pro at poker and loves to play in mid-limit cash games in Los Angeles when not participating in major tournaments.
Another well-known Mexican poker player who has been successful in the game is Christian Soto.
He has won many significant events, including the 2016 Heartland Poker Tour (HPT) Main Event, and has over $1.2 million in live tournament winnings.
In addition to running Red Chip Poker, a well-known poker teaching website, Soto also works as a coach and poker commentator.
Angel Guillen, a native of Mexico City, is also considered one of the best poker players in Mexico, having earned $1,822,838 in live poker victories and an undisclosed amount online.
At the 2009 World Series of Poker, he won the competition and became the second Mexican to do so and amassing a considerable part of his total earnings.