The poker year is still young! Considering it’s been only seven and a half months into the year, poker players are breaking new records! Six poker players already have made over $10 million in live tournament since the beginning of the year.
Leading the pack is none other than Bryn Kenney; who’s ahead by leaps and bounds after bagging $20.5 million at Triton London. Bryn broke a few records with those numbers, the first being the $20.5 million score in the Triton Million for second place, the second, surpassing Justin Bonomo as poker’s all-time winning tournament player at $55.5 million. In addition, he also set a single-year earning record at $29.8 million.
Also making it to list of six, is none other than Hossein Ensan, winner of the WSOP Main Event. The German pro stood his grit and outlasted a field of 8569 to win one of poker’s most prestigious events for $10 million.
Here’s a look at the other tenners this year:
- Bryn Kenney (United States) $29,822,000
- Aaron Zang (China) $16,775,820
- Stephen Chidwick (United Kingdom) $11,508,522
- Dan Smith (United States) $10,770,468
- Paul Phua (Malaysia) $10,680,700
- Hossein Ensan (Germany) $10,003,067
Zang has to be the biggest winner so far, since he actually won the Triton Million event in London but ended up taking home a smaller chunk of $16.78 million due to the heads-up chop agreement.
Chidwick, one of the most consistent high rollers, is the only player on the list to have won $10 million or more last year, or any previous year. He finished fourth in the £1,050,000 Triton Million for $5.37 million USD.
Kenney probably has the most massive year-to-year spike in cashes. He went from $5,269,000 last year to $29,822,000 this year. That’s a whopping $24,553,000! Talk about poker changing lives!
Who else should you keep our eye on?
As the months fly by, you can be assured that this won’t be the only six poker players with over $10 million in cash. Look out for the Super High Roller Bowl champion who is sure to hit the eight-figure mark this year.
Sam Greenwood ($7.21 million), Timothy Adams ($7.16 million), and Jason Koon ($7.05 million) are the other names to look out for as they are on the brink of hitting the $10 million mark!
To Poker Millionaires!