Massive wins, hefty prize money and unlimited cash flow- A choice of few words just enough to make anyone drool over the lovely game of poker. But, as the world knows poker is not only about winning big, losses can be pretty big too. Certainly, the poker population is not unaware of names like Gus Hansen and Guy Laliberte, who became popular not for their winnings, but by losing real big. Hansen’s losses esteemed around $20,737,007 are not able to match that of Canadian billionaire Cirque Du Soleil founder and philanthropist, Guy Laliberte, whose combined accounts (that we know of) lost in excess of $31M between 2006 and 2012.

When we talk about poker boom and the kind of money the industry started churning since the advent of 2003 WSOP Main Event, we cannot forget how Guy Laliberte gave away 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 period of six years.

Multi-Accounting Machine

So, it all started with Guy’s multi-accounting play with immunity at Full Tilt. Full Tilt’s $500/$1000 NL tables and games at Rail Heaven spurred excitement, big pots and epic clashes- just the right ingredients to spike players’ interest. Quite obvious, Full Tilt turned a blind eye to the high raking business.

The Deadly Six

Naotaima– Known to be his first registered account, Naotaima was Guy’s biggest losing account with $7,067,935 in losses between the high stakes NLHE and PLO tables.

Patatino– The second in line is Patatino, which was also played on Full Tilt. Losses recorded between April 5th, 2007 and February 2009 under this moniker are a staggering $5,924,546.

Lady Marmelade– Playing as Lady Marmelade between April 12th, 2008 and the start of 2009, Hansen’s loss accounted at $6,632,177, making it the second biggest losing account.

Elmariachimacho- Hansen played 18,862 hands as elmariachimacho between September 1st, 2008 and year-end losing $4,161,884 in the process.

Esvedra- From July 2010 till 2011, he lost a total of $2,685,018 playing under Esvedra.

Zypherin- Claimed to be Guy’s most active account, Zypherin has a presence on world’s biggest poker website, PokerStars. This was Laliberte’s most active account where he played 123,261 hands between January 2011 and October 2012. Total losses recorded under this account are $4,607,380.

Interesting it is indeed to know that someone can make a name for himself by incurring losses galore. But, if it’s a millionaire like Guy Laliberte, it really does not matter much.

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