Sam Soverel quietly had a monster year on the really felt, as well as for that efficiency he was crowned the first Money player of the Year by Poker Central. Only surfaces in high-stakes events covered by Poker Central counted towards the competition. Soverel won the honor, Justin Bonomo was the best high roller in 2018.
Still, Soverel was a beast last year as well as should have recognition. He topped Isaac Haxton and David Peters to win the award. And he additionally beat Bonomo, although that’s a bit deceptive.
What a Year for Sam Soverel
Soverel won almost $3 million in competitions in 2015, most of which was available in high-roller occasions ($ 2.6 million). His largest rating was “only” $350,000 ($ 50,000 Aria Fall Chaos second location). But he acquired sufficient cashes in events that counted to win POY.
Poker Central High Roller of the Year Standings
- Sam Soverel (USA) 1,765 points
- Isaac Haxton (USA) 1,530
- David Peters (USA) 1,430
- Jake Schindler (USA) 1,325
- Cary Katz (USA) 1,300
*Justin Bonomo sixth (1,105)
The Florida indigenous moneyed in 20 high-roller occasions, most of which took place in Las vega. His $2.6 million in revenues was the most affordable of the leading 4 finishers, nonetheless. Haxton, the recent Super Money player Bowl champ, had more than $5.2 million in money.
Soverel won the award since he had dual the money of any individual else.
Winning POY has its benefits. Soverel will certainly obtain rake-free entrance into all Aria Money player events throughout 2019. The High-stakes gambler of the Year collection returns in 2019, starting with the UNITED STATE Poker Open in February.
No Disrespect to the Champion, But…
Despite Soverel’s High Roller of the Year title, and also Alex Foxen’s GPI POY win, poker in 2018 will always be remembered by Justin Bonomo’s incredible performance.
Bonomo had over $25 million in cashes, a single-year record. He is currently poker’s all-time winningest tournament player ($ 43 million).
In 2014, he won the Super High-stakes gambler Dish China for $4.8 million, the very first Super Money player Dish in Las Vegas for $5 million, a WSOP bracelet in June ($ 10,000 Heads-Up Champion for $186,000), and $10 million for shipping the $1 million buy-in WSOP Big One for One Decrease.
Seemingly Impossible Stat
Justin Bonomo had four seven-figure cashes and won 10 tournaments, including two WSOP bracelets, in just one calendar year. He won enough in 2018 alone ($25.4 million) to be ranked 12th all-time in live tournament earnings, even if he hadn’t previously played a single hand of poker.
Legendary pros such as Phil Hellmuth, Brian Rast, Jason Mercier, and Isaac Haxton have fewer career earnings than what Bonomo won last year.
But he didn’t earn High Roller of the Year simply because he had far fewer cashes than Soverel after May 29, which is when the competition began. Make no mistake, however, Bonomo was the high roller king in 2018.