By the time we looked at who fit in places 10 through 6 of the “2013 Top 10 Canadian Tournament Money Winners”, we already had at least a few repeats when compared to 2012 – how are the top 5 going to look?
To start things off, there seems to be an almost sure fire way to make sure you hit the list each year; final table the WSOP Main Event, or win a bracelet in a big field No Limit Hold’em event:
#5 – Benny Chen – $1,227,167
Prince Edward Island’s Benny Chen vaulted into 40th on the Canadian All Time Money list – and into our top 5 of the year – after taking down the WSOP’s inaugural $1,500 “Millionaire Maker”, outlasting 6,342 other entrants to score a hair under $1.2 million dollars.
Chen would also go on to add a Main Event cash to his summer haul, also bringing his career total to more than $1,547,500.
#4 – Michael Watson – $1,407,853
Maritimer/Ontarian “SirWatts” occupies the number 4 spot for 2013, but he also currently owns the same bragging rights and position on the Canadian All Time Money list with more than $6,778,000 in career tournament winnings so far. Consistently seemingly to be ranked amongst the 10 best live tournament poker players on the planet, Watson had nearly a dozen finishes in the top ten of events over the year, over 19 in the money finishes. Only 3 of those cashes were in the six figures, the largest of which was worth $462,000 for a 3rd place in the PCA $25,000 High Roller, while the bulk of the were 5 figure payouts for grinding it out.
Though he also had his fair share of oh-so-close results, Watson wasn’t without collecting at least one trophy over 2013 – for taking down the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha at the Aussie Millions. This one is also long overdue for a WSOP bracelet; watch for that strong possibility to happen in 2014.
#3 – Marc Etienne McLaughlin – $1,643,414
“Go_Irish_Go” had a few deep runs in 2013 at WPT Prague and WSOP Europe, but it was his 6th place finish in the World Series of Poker Main Event that really paid off – to the tune of more than $1.6 million dollars if anyone is counting.
The Montrealer also now sits 21st on the Canadian All Time Money list, with more than $2,320,500 in live tournament cashes to his name, the bulk coming from his 2 impressive WSOP Main Event finishes, plus another final table in a $1,500 bracelet event.
#2 -Daniel Negreanu – $3,208,630
They say if there is one TV poker personality even your grandmother would recognize, it’s Daniel Negreanu and for good reason – quite simply he’s one of the very best and just isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Year after year Negreanu adapts to the changes of the game, yet keeps his outgoing personality and small ball style intact – all of the above working out great for him yet again in 2013.
Daniel hauled in more than $100,000 at a time on six occasions over the year, the best payday of course coming with his World Series of Poker Asia Pacific win, worth better than $1,087,100 and bringing his total bracelet count to five…then closed out the year by winning #6 in the WSOP Europe €25,000 High Roller, along with $979,955 and also locking up the World Series of Poker “Player Of the Year” honors.
Throw in a couple of huge second place pay-outs, a plethora of other cashes and viola, a better than 3.2 million dollar year. Oh and yeah, he’s número uno on the Canadian All Time Money list and will be crossing the $20,000,000 mark any day now – and of course, this is at least the third year running we’ve seen make our top ten.
#1 – Sorel Mizzi – $3,915,130
Mr. Mizzi is the king of the Canadian poker podium this year, both winning the most and takings down the largest
single payout of those on this year’s list – the equivalent of more than $2,073,800 USD for winning the HK$ 1,000,000 GuangDong Asia Millions held this past June in Macau. This was all of course, merely follow up to winning more than a million dollars combined over two high roller events in May during the EPT Grand Final in Monte Carlo. Then in October a 3rd place an Ireland High Roller added another roughly $262,000 and finally, here on the Canadian felts at Playground Poker Club, Sorel topped things up by winning the PartyPoker Premier League VII, scooping up $466,000 more. Sorel sits in third on the Canadian All Time Money list, clawing his way ever closer to Duhamel (2d) with every dollar he adds to his now more than $8,577,098 total.
Will we see big changes in 2014, or will this year see some new talent take over the top 10? Only time will tell of course, but we are looking forward to coming along for the ride; good luck and happy hunting to you all in the New Year!