Top 5 Tournament Money Winners of 2018

It is no secret that Justin Bonomo had an incredible year on the felt, cashing for an astounding amount of $25,428,935 and catapulting into first place on the all time money list at $43,463,091.

By: Charles Retmuller

Bonomo stands alone atop the list of the top 5 money winners of 2018, his 28 cashes punctuated by 10 victories in mostly high roller events including $10 million in the Big One for One Drop, $5 million in the Aria Super High Roller Bowl in May, and $4.8 million in the SHRB China.

Just an amazing year that included winning another WSOP bracelet in the $10K Heads Up Championship in addition to the One Drop title.

Nikita Bodyakovskiy was runner-up to Bonomo in 2018 earnings, cashing for $14,563,871. The Belarus native's finest day came in July at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series Main Event in Jeju when he topped a field of 55 to win $5,257,027.

Other big wins for Nikita included the EPT €100K Super High Roller in Barcelona for $1.9 million and another Triton SHR Main Event victory in Montenegro for just shy of $2.5 million. Bodyakovskiy finished 4th in the Aria SHRB last May for $1.6 million.

Jason Koon was also a winner during the month of May in Montenegro at the Triton Poker Series, winning a Short Deck High Roller for $3,579,836, the biggest score of his career. In the same month, but on US soil, Jason won $1,039,940 at the Aria $100K High Roller.

Like Bonomo and Bodyakovskiy, Koon ran deep in the $300,000 Aria SHRB in May, landing in 3rd place for $2.1 million. For the year, Jason cashed for $12,478,538, putting him 3rd among the year's top money winners.

David Peters finished 2018 fourth-best in earnings with $10,785,014, according to the Hendon Mob database. The Ohio native was a busy man throughout the year, landing in the money three dozen times.

Six of those cashes were for at least $1 million, including titles in the $100K Fall Madness High Roller for $1,104,000, the Poker Masters for $1,150,000, and a 6-Max at Triton Jeju for $1,118,484. Peters' biggest payday came at the WSOPE in Rozvadov where 2nd place in a in €100K SHR added $1,848,008 to his bankroll.

Rounding out the top 5 money winners in 2018 was Stephen Chidwick, who tallied $10,197,347 in cashes to double up his lifetime earnings to $20,211,856. Stephen was able to land in 5th place on the strength of a 3rd place finish last month at the second of Aria's two $300K SHRBs, winning $1.5 million.

Chidwick had a wonderful April in Spain, making two deep runs at the partypoker MILLIONS Grand Final Barcelona. A 3rd place finish in the €10K Main Event was worth $1,233,654, while 2nd place in a €100K Super High Roller added $1,352,531 to his winnings.


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