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Poker Leaderboard: WPT Prime Earnings

by Erik Fast |  Published: Sep 06, 2023


Rank Player Earnings
1 Stephen Song $712,650
2 Lara Eisenberg $481,500
3 Young Eum $354,000
4 Alon Messica $265,000
5 Sheng Ye $253,843
6 Albert Nguyen $200,000
7 Fabrice Bigot $194,390
8 Philip Hollederer $186,178
9 Duy Thuc Nguyen $177,764
10 Ben Richardson $161,788

The World Poker Tour rebranded its mid-major offering as WPT Prime in 2022, with the first events kicking off in May of that year. The first season saw six events, including the first-ever WPT Prime Championship which was a marquee event at last year’s WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. There have already been 10 completed WPT Prime stops in 2023, with four more on the schedule including the second running of the season-ending tournament at Wynn Las Vegas.

The above leaderboard is a look at the top 10 earners through the first 439 days of WPT Prime competition. The top few spots are all occupied by those who ran deep in the inaugural WPT Prime Championship, headlined by eventual champion Stephen Song. The $1,100 buy-in event attracted a massive turnout of 5,430 entries, smashing the $2 million guarantee to create a final prize pool of $5,267,100. Song outlasted the sea of entries to earn a career-high payday of $712,650, catapulting him to first on this leaderboard.

Song and fellow WSOP bracelet winner Lara Eisenberg battled for the title in that event. Eisenberg ultimately ran top two pair into the turned straight of Song to finish second for $481,500. Third-place finisher Young Eum (also a bracelet winner) sits in third with $354,000, while fourth-place finisher Alon Messica earned $265,000.

Sheng Ye won the second-largest top prize awarded so far on the young tour when he took down the WPT Prime Gold Coast main event, topping a field of 1,224 entries in the $2,000 AUD ($1,409) buy-in tournament to earn $253,843.

Fabrice Bigot took down the next-largest top prize awarded to date in a WPT Prime event, winning the WPT Prime Paris for $194,390. ♠