Six poker players already surpass $10 million in 2019 tournaments
There’s still a lot of money to be made in poker
If anyone thinks that big money has left the poker space, just ask one of the ten players who have earned over $10 million in live tournaments so far this year. There have been reports that poker is dying, but a look at the checks some players have collected in 2019 point to a completely different conclusion. Poker is here and is still attracting massive fields.
Bryn Kenney rightfully makes the Over-$10-Million list, having taken home the top prize of $20.5 million at the recent Triton London to give him $29.8 million on the year. That figure put him on top of the list of winningest poker players and he won’t be giving up his position anytime soon. Aaron Zang might try – he’s currently in second with $16.77 million this year – but it’s not very likely.
Stephen Chidwick is still running strong after all these years, which kind blows away the theory that poker is a game of chance. He has $11.5 million so far in 2019 and will look to tack on some more before the year draws to a close. Dan Smith is also up there, as well, having picked up $10.77 million since this past January.
Paul Phua and Hossein are also big-money winners, although the bulk of Hossein’s came from taking down the WSOP Main Event for $10 million. He had just $3,067 in tournament cash going into the game, and Phua has a racked up $10.68 million in just over seven months.
Three of the top six 2019 winners come from the US – Kenney, Chidwick and Smith. Chomping at their heels is another American player, Jason Koon, and two Canadians, Sam Greenwood and Timothy Adams. Koon picked up $12.48 million last year and is close to repeating that feat again in 2019.