Looking back as the year comes to a close, you may remember that quite a few new faces have emerged on the poker scene. Plenty of players have had very solid years on the felt, but a select few have really made 2011 their year.
What determines a breakout player and how do you make the cut? Handfuls of players could have made this list under one argument or another, but we had to narrow the criteria somehow. By rough judgement, we looked at the top 100 money earners from 2011 up until this point in the year and picked out a few who met the following criteria.
First, the player had to have a minimum of $1 million in live tournament earnings. Second, a major victory or combination of more than one minor victory had to have been obtained. Third, the player had to produce other top results throughout the course of the year that kept them a the topic of conversation. Last, of course, this should have been the best year for the player and really cemented their place on the poker map.
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