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Currently, the poker world is watching to find out who will be the next World Champion of Poker. The eventual winner will earn $8 million but thanks to the Big One for One Drop, that’s just the second largest prize of 2016.

Even more interesting, the eventual winner will not even be the second biggest winner in 2016. Rather, they will finish third. Let’s take a quick look at who will finish as the top earners in 2016 for both live tournaments and high stake cash games.

Fedor Holz At $16.48 Million and Climbing – Main Event Winner to Finish At Least 3rd

Fedor Holz has been on one of the most impressive runs in tournament poker history and has already locked up the earnings title for 2016. With $16.48 million already earned (and counting), he has more than $4 million more than Elton Tsang who is in 2nd place with $12.24 million.

The winner of the WSOP Main Event will finished 3rd in earnings this season. Rainer Kempe is presently #3 overall with $6.44 million. The winner of the Main Event wins $8 million. It’s insane that the Main Event winner will be just the THIRD biggest winner in 2016.

Ben Sulsky Leads Online Earners – Patrik Antonius 2nd

With two months to play in 2016, Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky currently leads all high stakes players online with $756,703 in earnings. His earnings steadily tracked upwards until early September when he peaked at just over $1 million.

However, since that time he has trended a bit downward but is still up $130k over 2nd place. His best game to this point has been 8-Game where he is up $546k on the year. Omaha Hi-Lo and H.O.R.S.E. have not been kind with losses of over $100k each.

Earlier this year, Patrik Antonius confirmed that he has returned to high stakes action online and is presently playing as Fake Love888 on PokerStars. Online poker’s all-time cash game earner has continued his winning ways in 2016, up $624,877.

What’s perhaps most amazing about Antonius’ run is that he is playing significantly less than other players. He presently has only played 82 session, about one-third that of anyone else in the top 5. He is presently averaging $45.77 in earnings per hand.

October was a profitable month for Antonius as he posted $425k in earnings for the month. While known for his prowess in PLO, Antonius is presently focusing on mixed games with his earnings split between 8-Game and Omaha Hi-Lo. Antonius would almost be even with Sulsky if not for a $100k loss in H.O.R.S.E. over the year.

KidPoker and Isildur1 Down for 2016

A couple of big names are struggling so far in 2016. For those that have been following the exploits of Viktor “Isildur1” Blom, you know that swings are a part of his game. After a big year in 2015 where he won $3.5 million, Isildur1 has yet to find his mojo in 2016.

Blom started off the year with massive swings, down as much as $250k in early March and then up about the same amount about mid-March. By the end of the month, he was down over $370k and has been unable to recover.

At his lowest point, Isildur1 was down over $820k but has managed to get a little back. He’s now down $655,576 over 174,516 hands. That’s a loss of $3.75 per hand. 8-Game has been the bane of Isildur1’s existence this year with losses of nearly $900k.

Another player that is down this year online is Daniel “KidPoker” Negreanu. To be fair, he has all of one session this year, but boy was that one a doozy. Over the course of 257 hands, Negreanu has dropped $131,057.

This session happened back in September in a big $1k/$2k 8-Game session against the likes of Jason Mercier, Sauce123, Isildur1, Matt “MUSTAFABET” Ashton, joiso, Scott “gunning4you” Seiver and SamRostan.

Of course, it hasn’t been all bad for Negreanu this year online. He did win the $2k WCOOP HORSE Championship for over $61k, so things could be worse. Of course, we’re sure he is always welcome to return to the $1k/$2k 8-Game and donate, we mean try and recoup his losses.

James Guill

James Guill began his poker career in 2006, spending two years traveling the US tournament circuit. Since 2008, he has covered the game extensively for some of the biggest names in the industry. When not writing about the latest poker news, he can be found hunting for antique treasures in Central Virginia.