Top Poker Money Winners of 2015December 31, 2015 1:45 pm
Following on from the ‘Top Women Poker Money Earners of 2015‘, here is a list of tournament poker’s overall top money winners of the year. And yes, in a traditionally male dominated game it’s no surprise only men appear in the top ten, with Vanessa Selbst, the women’s 2015 top earner, at number 80 with $1,112,780 in winnings.
Brian Rast (photo)
Topping the list of tournament money earners in 2015 was Brian Rast, who racked up an impressive $8,618,663 in winnings throughout the year. The 2-times WSOP bracelet (2011) winner’s accolades includes twelve tournament cashes, and two tournament victories, namely the $25k Super High Roller Las Vegas for $500,000, and the $500k Super High Roller Bowl for $7,525,000. As a result, the 34 year-old pro is now at number 11 on poker’s ‘All Time Money List’ with $16,256,945 in winnings.
Also a WSOP bracelet winner (2008), Scott Seiver cashed in sixteen tournaments in 2015, amassing $7,920,590 along the way. This included just one tournament victory for €75,900, with most of his earnings coming via a runner-up finish at the $500k Super High Roller Bowl for $5,160,000, as well as a 3rd place finish at the A$100k Aussie Millions Poker Championship for $1 million.
It comes as little surprise to see a WSOP Main Event champion in the top money earners of 2015. Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that Joseph McKeehen only managed 3rd place with his impressive $7,867,631 win. Aside from that victory, McKeehen also topped a 267 player field at the $1,500 Wynn Fall Classic for $90,125.
Erik Seidel, an 8-time WSOP bracelet winner and legend of the game, was the fourth biggest tournament poker earner of 2015 with $5,093,703 in winnings. Throughout the year, the 56 year-old cashed in seventeen different events, including no less than eight six figure scores. Seidel’s biggest score of the year, however, came after winning the €100k EPT Super High Roller Grand Final for €2,015,000 ($2,222,222).
At number five on the money list is the 2010 WSOP Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel, who cashed in twenty tournaments in 2015 for $4,970,513. The bulk of his winnings, however, came via his victory at the $111,111 WPT High Roller for One-Drop for $3,989,985, while Duhamel also earned a 3rd career gold bracelet after taking down the WSOPE €25,600 High Roller event for €554,395.
In the meantime, Daniel Negreanu finished the year in 18th place ($2,482,489), while Jason Mercier was in 23rd ($2,271,405), Daniel Colman in 33rd ($1,854,121), Phil Ivey in 37th ($1,742,459), and Phil Hellmuth Jr all the way back in 85th with $1,027,753. The 51 year-old did manage to earn a 14th career WSOP bracelet, though, this time in the $10,000 Seven Card Razz Championship event for $271,105.
2015 Money List
1: Brian Rast $8,618,663
2: Scott Seiver $7,920,590
3: Joseph McKeehen $7,867,631
4: Erik Seidel $5,093,703
5: Jonathan Duhamel $4,970,513
6: Steve O’Dwyer $4,879,828
7: Connor Drinan $4,793,794
8: Joshua Beckley $4,612,957
9: Dzmitry Urbanovich $4,033,170
10: Anthony Zinno $3,778,904
All Time Money List
1: Daniel Negreanu $32,315,817
2: Antonio Esfandiari $26,495,566
3: Erik Seidel $25,905,362
4: Daniel Colman $24,737,801
5: Phil Ivey $23,199,535
6: Scott Seiver $21,030,448
7: Sam Trickett $20,557,091
8: Phil Hellmuth Jr $19,310,195
9: John Juanda $18,111,006
10: Jonathan Duhamel $17,582,802