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Overall Earnings for Top Online Poker Players

Friday, December 16th, 2016

randy-lew-multi-tablingIf you want to know how much money high stakes online poker players make, the easiest way to do this is by jumping on HighStakesDB and looking at their earnings. But there are two problems with this:

1) Only $25/$50 stakes and above count.
2) Players can now opt out of having their earnings being tracked.

That said, high stakes pro Doug Polk decided to examine this subject in his latest YouTube video.

He doesn’t give any concrete numbers because there are none available beyond the $25/$50 and above games. But here are some quick notes on what Polk thinks about the following players’ earnings:

Randy “nanonoko” Lew – Down $220k in high stakes games, but nanonoko has made the most money ever in $2/$4 and $3/$6 games through 24-tabling. Polk estimates that nanonoko has earned millions of dollars thanks to his mid-stakes, multi-tabling domination.

Viktor “Isildur1” Blom – Down $5 million on Full Tilt, up $1.5 million at PokerStars (both available on HSDB).

OtB_RedBaron – “Only” up $2.2 million in tracked HSDB results. But Polk says that OtB_RedBaron has won another $2-$4 million in lower stakes, including other sites. Overall, he’s likely won between $5m and $10m.

Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker – Through Full Tit and PokerStars, Niklas “ragen70” Heinecker has made $10 million in profits. Polk estimates that Heinecker made $10-$12 million in career profits before retiring from the game.

Jens “Jeans89” Kyllönen – The Finnish grinder is the biggest winner in PokerStars’ high stakes PLO games, earning over $5 million. Polk says that Jeans89 made a foolish move by putting $1 million of his own money into a Big One for One Drop buy-in. But he also estimates that the Finnish grinder has made even more than what his PokerStars stats show.

Bottom line: what you see on HSDB only represents some of the poker winnings for many top online players. Unfortunately, we, like Polk, can only guess as to how much they’ve won when everything is accounted for.

Dan Cates wins $3.43m in 2014 – Tops Online Poker World

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

dan-jungleman12-catesFor the second time in his career, Dan “Jungleman12” Cates has topped the online poker world in profits. According to HighStakesDB, Cates netted $3.43 million in 2014 through a combination of Full Tilt and PokerStars. This gave him a healthy lead over the next closest grinder, “punting-peddler,” a mysterious player from Macau who won $2,572,989 this past year. Here’s a look at the top 5 cash-game winners from 2014:

jungleman12 – $2,805,751
punting-peddler – $2,572,989
FinddaGrind – $1,683,538
Isaac “luvtheWNBA” Haxton – $1,541,060
Doug “WCGRider” Polk – $1,077,969

Going back to Cates, he played roughly 158,000 hands throughout the year and averaged a $21.70 profit on each hand. Assuming he averaged 150 hands an hour, that’s well over $3,000 an hour.

With his impressive year in 2014, Cates has now become one of the rare multi-year champions in online poker. He also led the iPoker world in 2010, when he burst on to the high stakes scene with $5 million in profits. And in an era where most of the pre-Black Friday poker studs have faded, Jungleman hasn’t missed a beat while earning $3.43 million in poker’s toughest era.

This brings Cates’ lifetime winnings up to $11.43 million, making him the third biggest winner ever behind Phil “Polarizing” Ivey and Patrik “FinddaGrind” Antonius. The latter also had a great year in 2014, netting over $1.68 million.

One poker legend who didn’t fare too good in 2014 is Gus Hansen. The “Great Dane” lost $5.8 million over 200,000 hands, plummeting his career Full Tilt losses to $20.7 million. Hansen had further insult added when Full Tilt dropped him from their team of sponsored “Professionals.”

Also being dropped from the Professionals was Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, who lost $1.7 million over 320,000 hands. Blom doesn’t quite have the same deficit as Antonius, but he has lost $3.37 million during his career at Full Tilt, which was third worst among all players. Here’s a look at the bottom five from 2014:

Gus Hansen – $5,864,263
Polarizing – $2,372,298
Isildur1 – $1,698,911
Crazy Elior – $1,222,910
OMGClayAiken – $1,092,098

Barcode – The Mysterious Online Poker Phenom

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

When it comes to high stakes online poker, we’re used to seeing names like Phil Galfond and Viktor Blom dominating the news. However, a new and mysterious player named “Barcode” (a.k.a. 1Il|1Il|1il|) has been experiencing most of the success lately.

Getting into the specifics, this player is fresh off of a week where he made over $554k. And this isn’t the only success that Barcode has experienced because he’s managed to collect over $1.3 million while playing against some of the top online poker players in the world. October 11th was an especially good day since he was able to win $557k in profits!

Apparently, Barcode makes the bulk of his money on the PokerStars $100/$200 and $200/$400 PLO tables. This certainly isn’t surprising because these games are a favorite among many of the world’s top players. It’ll definitely be interesting to see if Barcode continues to top the nosebleeds and haul in major profits.

Tony G backing Jungleman

In other big high stakes news, Tony “G” Gouga has announced that he’s going to stake Dan Cates. Gouga wrote about the news with the following:

I have talked before about how I wanted to stake Isildur1 – well I am back in the staking business now as I am backing Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates. I think this guy could turn $5 million into $100 million – he’s a genius. I started off by backing him for the WPT Grand Prix de Paris and intend to back him live but predominantly online.

To those who’ve followed high stakes in the past, it may seem weird that Cates is being staked. After all, he made over $5 million in 2010 profits and has collected around $8 million overall. However, he’s also had a lot of money locked up on Full Tilt over the last year and a half. Plus it seems like he may have hit a little downswing as Gouga said, “He has definitely had his ups and downs but his heart is in the right place.”

With a rich backer like Tony G, it will be very interesting to see how Cates does in the near future.