The year 2018 closes with Justin Bonomo sitting on the throne as the biggest winner in the world of tournament poker. Thanks to his incredibly successful run in 2018, he became the poker player with the most wins who earned over $25 million in 12 months, plus he was able to secure a spot in the Poker Hall of Fame 2026 (the year he reaches the age requirement).
The poker community is amazed at Bonomo's brilliant achievements since he had set the single-year record for highest gross tournament wins, worth $25 million!
He even surpassed Daniel Negreanu as the all-time live tourney wins leader at over $43 million.
Check out Bonomo's list of wins here at the Hendon mob site.
The current top 10 poker players in the All-Time Money list:
Everyone would agree that this insane amount that "ZeeJustin" won in just one year is more than sufficient for one to be financially set for life, as long as he manages his money wisely.
Other Poker Players who won Big in 2018
Coming in at 2nd place for the poker player who's won most in 2018 is Mikita Badziakouski as he managed to win $14 million and has become one of the highest-earning up-and-coming high rollers of the game. While not your typical boisterous player while at the table (which may be the main reason why a lot of people haven't heard of him yet), his quiet demeanor hides someone who actually plays really great.
The Belarusian crusher, in his own quiet way, won an amazing $14 million in live tournaments in 2018, which brought his total live tournament earnings to the $20 million mark. From May to October, he has won at least $1.6 million four times, which also includes the biggest score of his career - a splendid $5.25 million for winning at the Main Event at the Triton Poker Super High Roller series in Jeju, South Korea.
partypoker pro Jason Koon also set a new record for his name when he won first place in May in the HK$ 1M NLHE at the Triton Poker Super High Roller series in Montenegro for $3,579,836! In total he has collected over $11 million in cashes in 2018. One of the best players in the world of poker within the past five years, Koon has now exceeded the $23 million lifetime milestone.
John Cynn gets 4th place in the list of poker pros who won the most in 2018, with $8.8 million. His current best live cash is a big whopping $8.8 million, which is he won at the WSOP $10,000 Main Event in July 2018. This goes to show that winning the WSOP Main Event is one of the events that can definitely change one's life forever and catapult your name to the list of the most successful players in the poker world.