Addamo, who was born in Australia, needs little introduction after dominating the WSOP last year. With a remarkable payout of just about $2 million, the 28-year-old defeated the $100,000 high roller. He then went on to win the $50,000 WSOP high roller as well as the $300,000 PokerGo super high roller. His total wins in 2021 exceeded $9.4 million, making him the year’s most profitable poker player.
Throughout 2021, Koray Aldemir kept his bets low until a spectacular performance at the WSOP main event saw him walk away with an incredible $8 million jackpot. Although it’s worth mentioning that his total wins in 2021 reached $8.1 million after he placed 13th in a WPT high roller event with a payout of $60,465, his greatest number in 2021 before the main event triumph was merely $11,417.
Almedin Imsirovic, a Bosnian celebrity, is in third place. In February, he started off an encouragingly steady year with a couple six-figure cashes on the PokerGo circuit. He went on to win $300,000 and $310,000 in back-to-back high roller tournaments at the Aria.
Imsirovic’s consistency demonstrates the amount is far from a fluke, with tournament victories exceeding $6 million in a single year.
Another big figure that dominated the live poker circuit in 2021 is David Peters. The 34-year-old finished second in the Aria $200,000 high roller, collecting a very respectable $1.3 million.
In June, he had a strong showing at the US Poker Open, cashing in four events for a total of $850,000.
George Holmes, dubbed the ‘home-game hero,’ placed second in the WSOP main event in 2021, taking home a whopping $4.3 million prize after losing to Koray Aldemir on the final table.
His play in the main event typified a rags to riches narrative, as he moved from one large blind earlier in the tournament to dominating the last few tables with almost 60 million chips. Despite mostly competing in lesser tournaments and at home, Holmes did well in the 2019 WSOP main event, winning $50,000.