As March winds to a close, we are finishing up the first quarter of 2011. 3 months doesn’t seem like such a long time, but in the world of poker, 3 months is enough time to build or lose a fortune several times over. And that’s exactly what the pros have been up to.
Gus Hansen, always making the news in one way or another, sits on top of the 2011 leaderboard with $4 million in profits. Just in case you were wondering, that’s an average of $1.33 million a month. Phil Ivey is up $1.1 million for the year. While less than Hansen is making in a month, a $1.1 million profit for just 3 months is always a plus.
While we’re talking about winners, let’s jump over to the losers. Tom Dwan is down a whopping $2 million in the past 3 months. Patrik Antonius is in a big hole too, but at a $500,000 loss, he is playing a distant second fiddle to Dwan. Both Viktor Blom and Daniel Negreanu, who have been exchanging chunks of their bank roll recently, are down roughly $400k a piece. At one point also one of 2011’s losers, Phil Galfond has turned a $1 million loss into a $700k profit. Not a bad turnaround.
These results are always a reminder of how quickly the tables can turn. Check back in another 3 months, and we’ll likely see a set of new names on both the winning and losing side.