The Top 3 Biggest Poker Losers in 2018

Which player lost the most over the course of 2018? That’s a tough, tough question to answer! Tournament winnings are generally easy to see, while cash games are much harder to record, but buy-ins and expenses are almost never totted up. So, let us change the question slightly and take a look at the 3 biggest individual losses of the year!

By: Andrew Burnett

Daniel Negreanu’s miserable WSOP (-$1.4million)

Playing poker when your world seems to be falling down around your head is never a good idea and, try as he might, Canadian PokerStars’ legend Daniel Negreanu couldn’t put a mid-WSOP relationship breakup out of his mind.

Playing 15 events, including the $1million buy-in Big One for One Drop, Daniel could only cash for a meagre $111,103 – a $1.4million hit to his bankroll.

In brighter news for ‘Kid Poker’, however, he had a $3million runner-up payday in the spring SHRB and seems to have recently found love again, so it’s not all doom and gloom in 2018!

Steffen Sontheimer’s disastrous summer (-$1.95million)

The German crusher followed Negreanu’s lead and became one of the very few who publicly post their buy-in/win/loss charts, but it didn’t make for easy reading.

A combination of Aria High Rollers, SHRB and WSOP buy-ins resulted in Sontheimer handing over $2,196,30 - with only $237,878 in winnings to offset the outlay…

Matt Kirk’s massive double and nothing (-$4.7million)

When you are reputed to be worth $600million from an early run in the cryptocurrency markets, it might sound like pocket change, but Matt Kirk’s brutally bad run in Leon Tsoukernik’s Big Game still has to hurt!



The swingy, high-stakes PLO fest saw stakes as high as $16k/$32k when the straddles were on, and devastated Aussie pro Kirk ended the non-stop action by mumbling "Take it take it take it, it's yours," when the final hand of the painful sessions was being dealt – Kings Casino owner Tsoukernik taking $3.7million of the $4.7million losses.

Overall? Who knows just how much some of the biggest players have spewed this year, but for sure they will all be back in 2019 to take another shot!

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