After Daniel Negreanu published his 2017 tournament results and profit/loss statistics (cliffs: he cashed for $2,792,104, but spent $2,874,164 in tournament buy-ins) it's clear that winning millions in live tournies these days doesn't necessarily mean you're making a mint. However, those at the top of the pile are doubtless making some decent coin. After enjoying a great year it's US pro Bryn Kenney who top's 2017's winners after cashing for $ 8,505,898.
Kenney started his 2017 campaign with a bang, winning two high roller events at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas (the $50k and a $25k) as well as final tabling the $100k, coming 9th in another $25k and cashing in two further events for over $1.7m in total.
He continued to pick up decent scores throughout the first quarter of 2017, cashing in numerous $25k Aria High Rollers as well as winning over $500k in the HK$1m entry Triton Super High Roller in February. In total Bryn Kenney won over $1.5m between the PSC Bahamas and his next big win which came at the end of April when he took down the €100k entry Super High Roller at PSC Monte Carlo for a cool $1,946,911.
After yet more big high roller scores at PSC Barcelona in August Kenney where he cashed for over $780k he went on to win over $1,000,000 at the inaugural Poker Masters Series in September, winning one of the €50k events for $960k and final tabling another for $125k.
More high roller success between September-December added another $1.2m to Kenney's overall 2017 cashes,enabling him to finish the year with over $8.5m in cashes, just pipping WSOP Main Event champ Scott Blumstein, who earned all but $24k of his $8,174,347 from his Main Event success. Depending on how much of himself Blumstein had in the Main Event (we know he sold some to friends and had tried to sell more on twitter without much luck) it is likely he turned a bigger profit than Kenney in 2017 given the sheer number of big buy-in events the brash New Yorker entered.
The only other player to cash for over $8m in 2017 was German pro Christoph "Tight-Man1" Vogelsang whose end of year tally was $8,090,382. The vast majority of Vogelsang's profit came from his win in this summer's $300k Super High Roller Bowl which netted him $6,000,000, with his next biggest cash of $706,995 coming from his 6th place finish in the WSOPE €111,111 High Roller for One Drop at the beggining of last month.
Vogelsang is followed on the list by two fellow Germans. Steffen Sontheimer enjoyed his breakout year in 2017 cashing for $7,052,322. He cashed for over $2.7m at the Poker Masters Series in September, winning two events and final tabling another two. He had already made his first 7-figure score of the year back in May when he came second in a $100k Aria Super High Roller for $1,223,264. His third biggest cash also came from the WSOPE €111,111 High Roller for One Drop where he cashed for $940,135, finishing in 5th spot.
Fedor Holz predictably also made the top 10, cashing for $6,380,187. As ever Holz performed remarkably well in any number of high roller events, cashing for over $1/2m at the Aussie Millions in January, coming second in the PSC Macau Super High Roller for $868,518, cashing for over $1m at the Poker Masters Series, and bagging a cool $2,100,086 for finishing runner-up in the HK$1m Triton Super High Roller Main Event in October.
Also making the top 10 were; Jake Schindler, Adrian Mateos, Stefan Schillhabel, John Juanda, and Banjamin Pollack.
Top Ten 2017 Live Tourney Money List
Figures courtesy of The Hendon Mob website