25 Championships with the Biggest Prizes

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15. World Series
> Sport/game: Baseball
> Total prize pool: $80,861,145
> Amount to winner: $29,110,012
> Est. winnings per player: $382,358

Aside from the prestige that comes with winning the World Series, the players on the winning team earn a hefty bonus. Per the MLB collective bargaining agreement, the league collects money from ticket sales throughout the playoffs, placing it into a players’ pool. Playoff teams earn more and more of the money depending on how far they advance in the postseason, with the champions splitting 36% of the pool among themselves. For the 2019 World Series champions, the Washington Nationals, a share of that pool was worth $382,358.

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14. Auto Chess Invitational 2019
> Sport/game: Auto Chess
> Total prize pool: $1,000,000
> Amount to winner: $450,000
> Est. winnings per player: $450,000

Auto Chess started as a modification released in January 2019 for DOTA 2 (a highly popular game with a large competitive scene in its own right). Auto Chess quickly became one of the most popular games of 2019, spawning several imitators. The best news for players entering the genre is that Auto Chess isn’t a team-based game, meaning players competing in tournaments do not need to split the winnings among multiple teammates. Jinsoo, the South Korean champion of the 2019 Auto Chess Invitational in Shanghai, took home $450,000.

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13. PUBG Global Championship 2019
> Sport/game: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
> Total prize pool: $6,000,000
> Amount to winner: $2,284,577
> Est. winnings per player: $571,144

Before there was Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds became a worldwide phenomenon in the battle royale genre. While Fortnite has now surpassed the game in popularity, PUBG remains extremely popular, and continues to support robust competitive play. The 2019 PUBG Global Championship paid out over $2 million to the winning team, over $500,000 per player.

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12. Betfred World Snooker Championship
> Sport/game: Snooker
> Total prize pool: $2,957,926
> Amount to winner: $657,000
> Est. winnings per player: $657,000

Snooker, a game similar to pool, is incredibly popular in the United Kingdom. Its most prestigious event, the Betfred World Snooker Championship, offers prize money of £500,000 to the winner, or about $657,000. In 2019, Judd Trump of England won his first championship to secure the top prize.

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11. PDC World Darts Championship
> Sport/game: Darts
> Total prize pool: $3,314,575
> Amount to winner: $657,000
> Est. winnings per player: $657,000

The winner of the PDC World Darts Championship won £500,000 — or about $657,000 — from a total prize pool of £2.5 million, a record high for the event. This year’s winner was Michael van Gerwen, who took the championship for the third time in six years.