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Five American Poker Players To Look Out For in 2022
We are already almost a full month into 2022 and both online poker and live poker tournaments are running worldwide. American poker players make up the largest demographic of grinders so it is only right to take a look at five American poker players who we believe will enjoy standout years in 2022.
Selecting five American stars was not easy because this article could easily be the 100 players to watch. But five is a nice number, so five it is. Here are our picks for the rest of the year.
Sean Perry Enjoyed a Breakout year on American Soil in 2021
Sean Perry crushed live events held on American soil in 2021. There is nothing to suggest this will not be the case this year. Perry has $4,994,255 in live tournament winnings, with $3,848,418 of that sum stemming from his 2021 MTT grind.
Perry was a regular in the $10,000+ PokerGO Tour events throughout 2021. He cashed in these tournaments at an alarming rate. A third-place finish in a $25,500 buy-in event in April saw him secure a career-best $596,418. The fact he enjoyed 14 six-figure scores in 2021 shows the man’s obvious skills.
He came agonizingly close to becoming a WSOP champion too. Perry finished fourth in the $100,000 High Roller for $590,344. The unstoppable Michael Addamo triumphed that day.
Kyna England is One of the Best American Female Players
Kyna England came from nowhere to become the number one American female poker player for 2021. She started the year with $20,944 in winnings but ended it with $770,378. How was this possible? Because England is a superstar in the making.
The Illinois grinder finished third in the MSPT Iowa Main Event for $73,782, which kick-started England’s year. Another third-place finish, this time in the $5,000 WPT Venetian Main Event, came with $448,755. England then won the $1,100 MSPT Minnesota Winter Poker Classic for an additional $186,709.
England won the MSPT Player of the Year award. In addition, she finished second in the Global Poker Index Female of the Year race. We expect big things from this American star in 2022.
Chris Brewer Hopes to Continue His Incredible Run
Oregon’s Chris Brewer is another American who enjoyed a stellar 2021. Brewer has $3,736,452 in live event earnings, some $3,070,091 came in 2021 alone. He enjoyed nine six-figure results last year, including a career-high.
Brewer banked $420,670 after winning a $50,000 Super High Roller in August. Victory in a $25,000 event in September came with $427,500.
Rumors circulated about a European online poker site banning Brewer from entering its tournaments. However, neither Brewer nor the wider community have confirmed them as true. Regardless, Brewer is likely to tear up the American live poker scene this year.
Shaun Deeb Will Be Gunning for the 2022 WSOP POY
Shaun Deeb is one of the best all-round players of his generation, one as adept at mixed games as he is no-limit hold’em. The American star lives for the WSOP and always chases down the Player of the Year title. He fell way short in 2021, which makes us believe he will go all-out to win it in 2022.
Deed won $3,200,227 in 2018, another $1,621,805 in 2019, and $1,560,228 in 2021. He did not play any live events in 2020. The New Yorker cashed in 20 WSOP events in 2021, including winning his fifth bracelet. Again, expect another seven-figure year for Deeb.
Adam Hendrix To Get The Recognition He Deserves
Adam Hendrix is a phenomenal player who sometimes does not get the level of recognition of some of his peers. Hendrix is the biggest winner from Alaska thanks to the American winning $2,388,157 in total.
Four of Hendrix’s scores tipped the scales at more than $100,000 last year. Everything points towards him enjoying an even more fruitful campaign in 2022.