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While poker superstars like Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, and Phil Ivey top the list of WSOP bracelet winners, only one player can boast earning $1 million in tournaments for five years in a row. The player in question is Erick Lindgren (pictured), who pulled off the accomplishment from 2004 to 2008. During that time, the California native pocketed $6,369,076, for a total of $10,005,543 in lifetime tournament earnings, according to the Global Poker Index. The team at PokerNewswas the first to report on the feat after overhearing it mentioned by Erik Seidel at the tables. While Lindgren might be the only member of the five years, $5 million club, several players are poised to join him. Daniel Negreanu is one of them and is on track to bank over a million dollars for the fifth consecutive year. In 2011, the Canadian grinder posted $1,534,367 in winnings and has seen his yearly scores increase ever since. With his second place finish in the 2014 Big One for One Drop, last year's take of $10,284,118 will be tough to beat, though. So far this year, Negreanu has added another $109,680 to his tournament bankroll and has more than enough time pick up the $900,000 he'll need to join the club. Also on deck are David Doc SandsSands (pictured), who has $6,657,264 in winnings over the past four years, Brian tsarrastRast with $6,947,556, and Philipp philbort Gruissem with $9,424,437. Some players have come close, but were sent back to the drawing board after a year of banking less than the seven-figures required. Tournament pro Jason treysfull21 Mercier has had a stellar career at the tables over the last eight years. From 2008 to 2015, Mercier won a total of $13,734,780, posting earnings of less than $1 million only in 2012, when he finished the year $523,587 in the black. This year, Mercier has pocketed $113,860; a one million-dollar 2015 would give the pro three years of consecutive seven-figure cashes. Sam Trickett, the second place finisher in the 2012 Big One for One Drop, also racked up four years of million-dollar cashes, but fell short of the fifth in 2014, when he took only $665,911. In eight years of recorded cashes, Trickett has banked over $20 million. Several others have started on the five-year accomplishment, getting two or three years toward the achievement. Germany's Ole Schemion already has three million-dollar years under his belt, with $27,700 in winnings in 2015. Grinder Joseph subiime Cheong is also knocking on the door, posting seven-figure scores every year since 2012. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed.
When high-stakes poker players get bored, they make prop bets. And when those poker pros have each won millions at the tables, the stakes can quickly get to an absurd level. Such is the case right now between high-stakes grinders Doug Polk and David Doc Sands Sands (pictured). In a Twitter post, Polk revealed that Sands had challenged him to a fight for half-a-million dollars. --- Tournament Poker Edgeis the only poker training site dedicated exclusively to MTTs and features over 1,000 training videos, blogs, articles, podcasts and a dedicated strategy forum for members. Check Tournament Poker Edge out on Twitter. --- "Today @Doc_Sands asked to fight me for 500k, I said yes. He needs 24 hours to get back to me. Let's see what happens #challengeaccepted," he Tweeted to his 7,600 followers. Sands might have been taken aback by Polk's willingness to throw down and the pair began hashing out the details of the bet. The fight wouldn't be an MMA-style contest, but rather a boxing match. Sands was willing to fight that very night, but Polk balked, claiming he needed more time to prepare. "He wanted to fight me tonight and I am not in shape enough to do so. In 24 hours we will know for sure," he said. Unsurprisingly, both pros' Twitter feeds lit up with interest, with many onlookers waiting for details while discussing the potential bet. "U look pretty chiseled on your podcast... why do u need 6 months to train? Doc is some master street fighter?" asked @slaymerica. "I don't get why he needs 6 months to train, didn't he say challenge accepted?" he added. $500,000 is a lot of money to risk on a prop bet, even for poker players who have made millions. Polk (pictured) reportedly was ready to agree to a $100,000 fight in 6 months, but Sands wanted to raise the stakes, countering with $500,000. Sands and Polk have both made a large chunk of change from cash games and live tournaments. Sands is ranked 48th on the GPI Player of the Year leaderboard and has $7.7 million in live tournament cashes to his name. Polk ranks 365th on the same leaderboard and has banked $4.8 million in live tournaments. For whatever reason, poker players have often placed big bets on physical contests. In 2009, Gus Hansen and Theo Jorgensen went toe-to-toe in the boxing ring, with the latter claiming victory and a five-figure payday. In 2011, Lex RaSZiVeldhuis and Bertrand ElkYGrospellier faced off in a kickboxing match in Spain. The fight ended with Veldhuis landing a kick to his opponent's head. More recently, poker pro and MMA fighter Terrence TChanChan (pictured) and Huck Seed to test their wrestling skills during this year's WSOP. That friendly confrontation was never finished due to security guards breaking up the fight. While it's still not clear if the fight will actually happen, Polk's most recent Tweet indicates that it probably won't. "After talking with @Doc_Sands, we are unable to reach an agreement on time frame. He wants within 4 weeks and I want 6 months to train," he said. Polk wanted to make it clear, however, that there was no ill will between him and his potential opponent. "I also want to say that I have no problem with @Doc_Sands. I think he is a great guy and this wasn't because we were beefin," he said. We'll keep you updated if there are any new developments. Want the latest poker headlines and interviews? Follow PocketFives on Twitterand Like PocketFives on Facebook.