More money was given away on the professional poker tournament circuit in 2005 than in any other year, it was recently revealed.
In 2005, 34 players took home $1 million or more at final table wins, as compared to 22 players in 2004. In addition, 11 people won $2 million or more in 2005, while only 4 took home $2 million or more in 2004.
Also interesting is the rise in the amount of players (63) who won $500,000 or more in tournaments as compared to in 2004 when just 32 players took home half a million dollars or more from tournament play.
These numbers were helped along by the fact that all 9 final table finishers in the 2005 World Series of Poker $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Main Event walked away with a minimum of $1 million each. Another major factor in the drastic increase of tournament poker millionaires in 2005 is the fact that a significant amount of big buy-in events, where players shelled out more than $10,000 to compete, hosted massive playing fields which in turn bolstered prize pools and tournament payouts.
The top tournament money makers in 2005 are as follows:
|5th||John "Tex" Barch||$2,528,085|