5 Players Who Could Pass Negreanu for #1 on All-Time Money List
He's arguably the most successful live tournament player in history and a couple of years ago it seemed that he may run away with the career earnings title.
But the recent growth of high-stakes events have allowed a few players to get within striking distance of Negreanu. Negreanu also faltered slightly in 2016 and posted his worst year results wise since Bill Clinton's last year as President.
We mentioned the impressive run of Erik Seidel just last week. Here are five poker players with a legitimate chance to pass Negreanu and move to #1 on Poker's All-Time Money List.
Fedor Holz has only been playing live poker tournaments since 2012 but in that time he has amassed $20.32 million in earnings.
At just 24 he's already 9th on the All-Time Money List.
Holz will easily win multiple 2016 Player of the Year titles after putting together one of the best runs in history. He won $16.48 million in live events and took down his first WSOP bracelet.
Holz has been dominating the high-stakes tournament world and despite being "retired" from poker, he's still notching high six-figure and seven-figure scores on a regular basis.
If Holz's next five years is even half as successful as his first, he will easily eclipse the $30 million mark by the time he is 28.
He could easily be atop the All-Time money list by 30. Imagine what he can accomplish by the time he is Hall of Fame eligible.
Dan Colman is currently #4 on the All-Time Money List and has been as high as #3 with $26.03 million in live earnings. Colman set the bar for dominance in live poker tournaments in 2014 when he earned $22.38 million in a single year.
While $15.3 of that was from the Big One for One Drop, he still put together another $7 million in other events. While the last two years were nothing like 2014, he still managed to win over $3 million.
At just 26 Colman is expected to continue performing well in live events and even without another deep run could move up to the top of the money list in just a few years.
When poker pros put together a short-list of the best high stakes tournament pros in the world, Scott Seiver is always on that list. Seiver has put together impressive live results since coming onto the live scene in 2006 but his run since 2010 has put him into legendary status.
He's best known for winning the WPT Championship in 2011 but his exploits in high-stakes tournaments is what put him into elite company.
In addition to winning the 2013 PCA $100k Super High Roller, he made the final table of the 2014 Big One for One Drop and finished runner-up in the Super High Roller Bowl in 2015.
Interestingly enough, 2016 was an "off year" for Seiver as he made "only" $678k in live events. Seiver presently sits 6th on the All-Time Money List with $21.70 million. At just 31, odds are he will challenge Negreanu for the top spot sometime in the future.
Brian Rast is one of the most consistent high-stakes live tournament players in the game today. Since 2011 he has earned no less than $1.24 million per year.
Rast has his best year in 2015 when he took down the Super High Roller Bowl for $7.52 million. He made $8.61 million on the year. Rast presently has $19.14 million in live earnings and is a ways off from catching Negreanu.
At 35, Rast still has plenty of time to catch and overtake him, though. If he can continue his consistent performance of recent years it will be a matter of when, not if, he overtakes Negreanu.
Erik Seidel is presently #2 on the All-Time Money list and has the best chance to overtake Negreanu. He recently moved past $30 million in lifetime earnings and has been crushing high-stakes live events since 2011.
Over the last six years Seidel has averaged over $3.3 million a year in live earnings. The last two years he earned $4.72 million and $5.093 million, respectively.
Less than $2 million behind Negreanu, Seidel could eclipse him sometime in 2017. That's assuming Negreanu has another "off year." Unless Seidel's stats dip dramatically at worst-case scenario we see him eclipsing Negreanu in 2018.