Guy Laliberte: The Man Who Lost $31Million Playing Poker – HighstakesDB

Guy Laliberte may have lost over $31m playing online poker over the course of 5-6 years, but he spent some $35m ona single 12 day space jaunt in 2009!

Take a look at HSDB’s overall results and you’ll see that no single account comes close to Gus Hansen’s when it comes to online losses, sitting as it does at a staggering -$20,737,007 – double that of the next losingest account. However, Gus is by no means the biggest online loser – that dubious honour goes to Canadian billionaire  Cirque Du Soleil founder and philanthropist, Guy Laliberte, whose combined accounts (that we know of) have lost in excess of $31M between 2006 and 2012.

There’s no doubting that Chris Moneymaker’s 2003 WSOP Main Event win kick-started the poker boom. There’s also no question that sponsorship money paid out by the likes of Full Tilt in the mid-late 00’s helped fuel the poker economy and make household names out of online stars. But perhaps Guy Laliberte is the unsung hero of the online high stakes poker economy, as he handed tens of millions of dollars to the likes of Tom “durrrr” Dwan, Phil Ivey, The Dang Brothers (Urindanger and trex313), Phil “OMGClayAiken” Galfond, and Patrik Antonius over a six year period at a time when the biggest ever online games took place.

Laliberte is well known for his philanthropy, with his ‘One Drop’ charity poker tournaments raising millions of dollars to raise awareness of water-related issues in 3rd world nations. Some have joked that Guy was already well used to philanthropic ventures, having donated tens of millions of dollars to the high stakes poker community.

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The reason Guy’s losses don’t appear to come close to Gus Hansen’s is because, unlike most people (and strictly against

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