25 Championships with the Biggest Prizes

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5. World Series of Poker
> Sport/game: Poker
> Total prize pool: $80,548,600
> Amount to winner: $10,000,000
> Est. winnings per player: $10,000,000

After 10 days and 100 hands, Hossein Ensan beat out nearly 8,600 competitors in the 2019 World Series of Poker. The German player took home a purse of $10 million — making him the third player in tournament history to bring home eight figures. In 2005, Jamie Gold won $12 million and in 2014, Martin Jacobsen also won $10 million.

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4. Saudi Cup
> Sport/game: Horse racing
> Total prize pool: $20,000,000
> Amount to winner: $10,000,000
> Est. winnings per player: $10,000,000

The Kentucky Derby may be the most prestigious event in horse racing, but the Saudi Cup will be by far the richest. Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal announced the first Saudi Cup will take place in February 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with a total purse of $20 million. The winner of the race will take home $10 million, dwarfing the next highest total of $7 million offered by the Pegasus World Cup.

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3. FedExCup
> Sport/game: Golf
> Total prize pool: $60,000,000
> Amount to winner: $15,000,000
> Est. winnings per player: $15,000,000

Though it is not one of the four Majors tournaments, the FedExCup is the highest paying tournament in golf. The FexExCup is a season-long competition determined by points and capped with a series of three playoffs — and the winner takes home $15 million. Ten runners-up win an additional $2 million each. Rory McIlroy took home the top prize in 2019.

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2. Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
> Sport/game: UFC
> Total prize pool: N/A
> Amount to winner: $50,000,000
> Est. winnings per player: $50,000,000

Combat sports like boxing and UFC rely on fighters and their personalities to draw attention. So when a fighter like Conor McGregor becomes a household name, he can command a huge payday based on sales. McGregor was paid $3 million for his lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, who made $2 million for the bout. Yet because of a deal he negotiated for a share of the Pay Per View sales, among other bonuses, McGregor estimated his earnings from the fight were close to $50 million, a record for a UFC event — even though he ended up losing the fight to Nurmagomedov by submission in the fourth round.

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1. Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor
> Sport/game: Boxing
> Total prize pool: $550,000,000
> Amount to winner: $275,000,000
> Est. winnings per player: $275,000,000

Floyd Mayweather is nicknamed “Money” for a reason. His 2017 boxing match with UFC fighter-turned-boxer Conor McGregor was one of the most hyped sporting events of all time — and the Pay Per View numbers proved it. After tallying up the guaranteed fees, PPV buys, and ticket sales, Mayweather took home roughly $275 million after his 10th round TKO over the Irish fighter. Though Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao had higher total revenue, “Money” negotiated a higher share of the earnings, making his $275 million take-home a record haul for any single-night athletic event. Mayweather took his career to a flawless 50-0. But don’t feel too bad for McGregor; he reportedly earned around $85 million from the fight.