Daniel Negreanu Tops 2015 List of Popular Poker Players
by Charles Rettmuller
With just a few days remaining in 2015, we can add one more achievement to the resume of Daniel Negreanu – the year’s most popular poker player.
KidPoker’s live tournament results at the Hendon Mob database were searched by more poker players and fans than any other pro player in 2015, a total of 106,378 times as of this writing. A distant second is Phil Ivey with 79,125 clicks, too far off the pace to catch Negreanu this year.
The PokerStars Team Pro cashed for more than $2,840,000 in 2015, putting his career tournament winnings at $32,315,817. Negreanu continues to sit atop the all-time money list and was able to put more space between himself and his nearest pursuer this year. Antonio Esfandiari trails Negreanu with$26,495,567. The Magician’s tournament cashes in 2015 tallied up to slightly more than $227,000.
Negreanu also held the distinction of most popular player in 2008, and then again in 2013. The title went to Dan Colman last year, as his popularity soared thanks to an amazing run of more than $22 million in earnings, including $15,306,668 for winning the Big One for One Drop.
Colman cashed only twice in 2015, a 3rd place finish in the Little One for One Drop for $1,544,121, and another 3rd place at the Seminole Hard Rock Open for $310,000. As a result, searches for Colman at the Hendon Mob database slipped to the same spot as his 2015 cashes – 3rd place.
Like Colman, Phil Ivey recorded two live tournament cashes this year. This year’s 2nd most popular poker pro won the LK Boutique Challenge at the Aussie Millions for $1,710,854 after finishing 23rd in the Main Event a week earlier for $31,605.
Seidel Slides In
Ivey’s 2015 on the virtual felt was horrible, with losses of more than $3.7 million at the high stakes cash games on PokerStars and Full Tilt. That follows being in the red for over $2.3 million in 2014.
Ivey was the most popular player in three out of four years from 2009-12, missing out on a 4-year streak when Erik Seidel interrupted his run in 2011. Seidel was on fire that year, capturing titles in the Aussie Millions Super High Roller, the L.A. Poker Classic High Roller, the Five Star World Poker Classic Super High Roller, and the NBC National Heads-Up Championship. Those victories added more than $4.4 million to the Poker Hall of Famer’s bankroll.
Don’t Forget the Other Phil
Rounding out the top five in most popular poker players in 2015 is Ole Schemion in 4th place and Phil Hellmuth in 5th. Schemion’s 10 cashes this year included three runner-up finishes. His best was at the Aussie Millions for $1,066,688.
The Poker Brat won his 14th WSOP gold bracelet this year, taking down the Seven Card Razz Championship for $271,105. His biggest score in 2015 was $696,821 for a 6th place finish in the Little One for One Drop.
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