It’s early. But never too early to talk about who’s winning and losing in the big buyin game of high roller tournaments. PokerOlymp compiled the data through the first three major high roller events of the year – the PCA $100k, the Aussie Million $100k and the Aussie Millions $250k – to see who is betting the farm (literally) and who is getting a return on their investment.
No surprise, after his massive $250k victory, Phil Ivey leads the profit list with over $3.2 million dollars having spent just $314k on buyins (less rake) for his nearly $3.6 million return. Trailing him is Mike “Timex” McDonald who has been crushing just about every tournament he’s entered this year. Timex is profitable to the tune of $2.4 million and then, in a bit of a surprise, Issac Haxton – who blasted off multiple bullets in both the $100 and $250k at the Aussie Millions – made that last shot count as he finds himself up over $1.4 million.
Who are the biggest losers? According to the chart Philipp Gruissem has entered 5 times to various high rollers and is sitting with a loss of -$863k. Dan Smith, John Juanda, Tobias Reinkemeier and Justin Bonomo all have over $500k in losses as well.
The most bizarre is Daniel Negreanu who unloaded 11 times into these various high rollers, winning $1.6 million, both only taking home $193k.