Top 10 Live Poker Earners Of 2020
2020 has been a strange and precarious year for most people and certainly the majority of industries. The live Poker industry, in particular, has taken a massive hit – not only in 2020 but also over the past several years.
Live Poker remains a key role-player in the greater scheme of Poker things. This is because it involves players on a much more personal and “face to face” level than what does online Poker. It ensures engagement and an ongoing interest in and excitement about the game in its many formats, varieties, and styles.
And so, in honour of live Poker played in person and on actual real-life felt, we’ve compiled a list of 2020’s highest live Poker tournament earners for the year.
Number 10 – Alex Foxen
Though a large portion of Foxen’s 2020 cashes were generated by the World Series of Poker Online Series, his cashes generated online still only reached into four-figure wins. This means that most of his cashes were won at the live tables. Big wins for the year include $762,334 for finishing runner-up in Melbourne’s AU$100k Challenge, and the $249,950 in first place prize money he won in March in Las Vegas for his participation in the $25,000 buy-in PokerGO High Roller Event. His total for 2020 live Poker: $1,608,689.
Number 9 – Phil Ivey
Ivey’s $1,693,550 live Poker winnings came from - among others - his Super High Roller event $856,050 win, and his finishing in 5th place in a $100,000 buy-in event, both of which were scored in Sochi in March.
Number 8 – Aaron VanBlarcum
American player Aaron VanBlarcum first showed up on the live Poker scene in 2017. But 2020 was his real year for big wins – including a US$1 million+ win scored in Australia’s 2020 Aussie Millions. His total for the year: $1,838,157.
Number 7 – Michael Addamo
Aussie native Michael Addamo scored most of his live Poker winnings for 2020 at home – most notably a second-place finish in the World Series of Poker $10k Heads Up Championship for a cool $223,488. His live winnings for the year: $2,114,017.
Number 6 – Christoph Vogelsang
The German high-ranker scored all his live Poker winnings for the year in the Super High Roller Bowl in Sochi. His prize money? A sweltering $2,400,000.
Number 5 – Cary Katz
Into the top 5 now, and we have Poker Central owner Cary Katz. A fellow German, Katz finished as runner-up in Sochi’s Short Deck Hold’em event, with the $780,000 his biggest score of all for 2020. His total: $2,407,979.
Number 4 – Paul Rhua
Eight days in tremendous live cashes in Sochi places Paul Rhua in the number 4 position on our 2020 live Poker money list. And at $2,595,000, the year was a phenomenal “payday” for the master of the live felt.
Number 3 – Mikita Badziakouski
At only 28 years old, the Belarussian has got to me one of the most impressive live Poker champion money earners on our list for 2020. Several wins in Sochi and two top-ranking finishes in World Series High Roller events saw Badziakouski climb his way to the $2,672,403 mark.
Number 2 – Kahle Burns
Aussie Kahle Burns is our proud Number 2. Events in Sochi and his participation in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS U.K. event saw him rake in a small fortune. His live Poker winnings for 2020: $2,906,321.
Number 1 – Timothy Adams
Finally, the winner of the live Poker race for 2020 then, none other than Timothy Adams. And what a landslide list-topper he’s turned out to be too. Timothy Adams’ live Poker cashes for 2020: a phenomenal $5,854,376.