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The Top Poker Earners of 2017 So Far

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So far, 2017 has been a great year for poker. We saw a new winner of the World Series of Poker Main Event in Scott Blumstein while also enjoying the hilarity of seeing Kevin Hart announce that he was going to save poker by making it fun again. But Hart and Bolt funniness aside and with no November Nine to look forward to, it’s about time to take a look at the big money earners in poker this year so far.

At the top of the heap, we have Scott Blumstein who thanks to his incredible maiden outing at the WSOP Main Event banked a cool $8,150,000. It’s been a roller-coaster year for the accountancy major from New Jersey, but despite his topping the money list, he still has a Global Poker Index Ranking of just 553.

With just over a million behind Blumstein comes Christoph Vogelsang who earned almost $6.9 million in winnings. The German player had his win of $6 million at the Super High Roller Bowl to thank for his place on the list. His lifetime earnings currently stand at $13.7 million and this win was his first ever win at a live tournament.

Coming in at third on the list is Bryn Kenney who has banked just over $6.2 million this year. Clearly, Kenney, who currently sits atop the Global Poker Index Rankings, is having a pretty good year. Dropping a ton of weight and doing well at the tables, his biggest win of the year so far is the $1.9 million he banked at the Super High Roller Eight Max in Monaco.

In fourth place with $5.2 million, we have Jake Schindler who was having a steady if not a stellar year until May when he won the $300,000 No Limit Hold’em High Roller in Vegas. This year marks a considerable improvement for the Pennsylvanian as he looks to finish well ahead of his 15th position in last year’s money list.

Here’s a complete list of the 2017 top ten money list so far:

  1. Scott Blumstein (United States) - $8,162,001
  2. Christoph Vogelsang (Germany) - $6,884,857
  3. Bryn Kenney (United States) - $6,240,894
  4. Jake Schindler (United States) - $5,210,610
  5. Daniel Ott (United States) - $4,703,656
  6. Benjamin Pollak (France) - $4,373,691
  7. Koray Aldemir (Germany) - $3,934,391
  8. Doug Polk (United States) - $3,687,240
  9. Jason Koon (United States) - $3,507,765
  10. Justin Bonomo (United States) - $3,335,692

As far as earnings go, poker players have some way to go to catch up on the highest earning sports superstars, but regardless of his place on that list, Dan Negreanu is off the pace again for the third year in a row. The Canadian who currently holds the 38th position with $1.7 million on this year’s money list finished in 457th place last year. Another notable absentee from the list is Erik Seidel who placed second on the all-time money list but currently is languishing at 47th with $1.5 million in winnings so far this year.

As it stands, we could just see Blumstein remaining on top for the rest of the year. His live career earnings of just $8.4 million show us exactly why he was so ecstatic to win the main event this year, which is why he just might stay on top. Of course, it all depends on how the rest of the top five play for the remainder of the calendar year, but if we’re perfectly honest, we’d love to see the New Jersey native stay on top of the pile for 2017.