Who made the biggest profit in 2019?
The year 2019 was full of various poker events and marked as a record one in many ways due to the Triton Million for Charity, which became the most expensive event in poker history and broke the record for the largest winning. This also significantly changed the situation in All Time Money List. At the same time, few remember the winner’s name, as the runner-up of the tournament, Bryn Kenney, eclipsed other participants with his popularity. He received the largest payout, thanks to the heads-up deal, and topped the list of the most profitable offline players in history.
For the second place, Bryn received $20.5 million, and only 25 players in the world have earned an amount bigger than this throughout their entire careers in poker. Kenney's total winnings in offline tournaments amount to $56 000 000, $30 320 000 of which he earned in 2019. In addition to prize money received in the Triton Million, he made 16 cashes in various tournaments in 2019. The guy won:
- Aussie Millions Main Event (+$914 000);
- $25 000 tournament at the US Poker Open (+$450 000);
- HK$500 000 tournament and the Main Event at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series – Montenegro (+1.4 million and +2.7 million, respectively);
- High Roller Tournament at the WPT Seminole Rock & Roll Poker Open (+$350 000).
Bryn also received $3 000 000 for the second place in the Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju 2019 Main.
This makes him the undisputed leader of the 2019 All Time Money List, but who else is at the top of the list?
The second person to earn more than others in poker tournaments in 2019 was Chinese player Aaron Zang. If you are wondering who Aaron is, then we will remind you – this is the winner of the aforementioned event Triton Million for Charity. There are $16 775 000 won during 2019 on his record, and this whole amount is his prize money for the first place in the most expensive poker tournament. In total, his winnings in tournament poker barely exceed the mark of 17.6 million.
The third in the 2019 Money List is poker professional Stephen Chidwick from England. Over the past year, he earned $13 146 000. The guy received the most money for taking the 4th place in the Triton Million (+5.4 million), winning the $25 000 PLO High Roller at the WSOP 2019 (+1.6 million) and finishing second in the Triton Refresh Event for HK$1 000 000 in Jeju (+1.1 million). In total, Steven has earned $33 350 000 in live events, which makes him the most profitable tournament player in England and the 7th in the world.
Paul Phua, who earned $11 620 000 in 2019 ($16 735 000 throughout his entire career), is in the 4th place. Despite the Malaysian businessman and high roller didn’t win a single tournament in 2019, he finished second three times: in the Triton London Main Event (+3.1 million), Triton Montenegro Short Deck Main Event (+ 2.17 million) and in the Short Deck Ante Only for HK$1 000 000 at the Triton series in Jeju (+2 million). These three winnings became the largest ones in Phua’s career.
The fifth place in the 2019 Money List belongs to Dan Smith. He earned $10 770 000, and biggest part of this amount, the guy received for the third place in the Triton Million (+ $8 765 000). In general, Dan made 9 cashes in various events during 2019, but he was able to win none of them.
The 6th position in the list of the most profitable players of the year is taken by the WSOP Main Event champion Hossein Ensan, who received $10 000 000 for finishing first and, overall, earned $10.3 million in 2019.
In addition, American player Cary Katz (+8.7 million) and Canadian professionals like Daniel Dvoress (+8.6 million), Timothy Adams (+8.25 million) and Sam Greenwood (+8.1 million) entered the top 10 of the 2019 Money List.
As for the Russian-speaking players, the Belarusian Nikita Badziakouski earned the biggest amount in 2019. The guy takes the 22nd line on this list, having won $5 082 000 in total. Timofey Kuznetsov turned out to be the best among the Russians – he had recorded $2.4 million in 2019 (55th place in the rating).