Plenty of times, as an identifier of success, the media (us included) will reference a poker player’s place on the sometimes-coveted All-Time Money List to let you know just how successful someone has been on the felt. Many of the games biggest names – Negreanu, Esfandiari, Ivey – sit somewhere up top that, with the big cash numbers, seems to make it worth mentioning from time to time.
Jason Kirk over at Calvin Ayre though feels like the All-Time Money List doesn’t mean very much at all anymore. In fact, with so much money available to be won by only a select few – the list has become cheap.
The WSOP Main Event has been skewing the all-time money list for decades now. It was the first poker tournament to award a $1,000,000 first prize back in 1991, foreshadowing the poker-boom trend toward seven-figure winners, and in the mid-2000s it was the first ever to award $2.5 million, $5 million, $7.5 million, and $12 million to a single player. Then came the wave of high-roller tournaments in the 2010s, giving players on a roll like Erik Seidel was in 2011 the chance to cash for an unprecedented $6.5 million in a single year. But no one tournament has thrown off the all-time money list quite as severely as the $1,000,000 Big One For One Drop.
While not a revolutionary opinion, it’s an interesting read. Most people that follow poker closely know that the rise of the high roller led to the demise of the actual gravity of the ATML, but Kirk doesn’t stop there. He wants to shine a light on those legends, like Chip Reese and T.J. Cloutier, that are steadily getting pushed down the list to make sure their greatness is not being diminished by the Jaime Gold one-hit-wonders. Check it out.