There have been quite a few success stories in the world of poker in 2012; however some stood out more than the rest with some superb consistency being shown amongst a small selection of players.
We are not going to rank these particular players in any way as we feel that all of them have had equally successful years, with some playing in a more online format and others excelling in a live environment.
You do not sit at the top of the Global Poker Index top 300 tournament players for almost half a year without having had an excellent 2012.
His year started with a bang when he won the Aussie Millions $100k Challenge, which was the first of six tournament wins for the year. He then went on to win three events within a week at the WPT Monte Carlo. He earned around $700k for that achievement and then went on to win another big event in August when he won the EPT Barcelona High Roller.
He even played a little online during the year and walked away with a Sunday Million title back in October. His year then finished when he just this month took down the Turbo event at the EPT Prague which brought his yearly earnings to just under $4 million.
It is almost impossible to decide between Smith and Marvin Rettenmaier with regards who had the best year in live tournaments, so much so that even the biggest Player Of The Year awards have been won by one or the other.
Whilst Rettenmaier one two fewer events than Smith, it can be argued that the events he won were bigger, whereas a selection of Smiths were side events.
Rettenmaier will go down in history as the first player to have won two WPT Main Events on the trot having first won the WPT $25k Championship and then the WPT Merit Cypress Classic. He then recorded some very consistent tournament cashes before finishing off the year by winning the EPT Prague High Roller event.
Ben “Sauce123” Sulsky
Whilst the previous two are included due to their excellent live tournament success, “Sauce123” is in the list due to his dominance on the high stakes tables at both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker during the year. He has earned close to $4 million plying his trade on the highest stakes online cash tables, with him finishing the year a good $1 million ahead of any other profit making player.
He has been at the top of the profit rankings for the majority of the year, regularly securing profits on a weekly basis. The achievement is made all the better when you consider the class of players he regularly competes against, Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen, Viktor Blom, Ilari Sahamies, Patrick Antonious and the unknown player “Barcode”.