Who are the 10 best poker players ever?
There have been some amazing poker players over the years but the best of the best are in a league of their very own. Poker might be a game that is partly down to luck but there is also an incredible amount of skill involved. In this article, we’ll be exploring the 10 best poker players ever and telling you everything you need to know about them.
Poker is arguably the most played card game in the world, especially in the west, and is loved by millions. It can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels and it is a game that lends itself to both social and competitive play. There are many different variants of poker, with online poker becoming increasingly popular, which makes the game enjoyable for players of all ages and interests.
1. Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu is widely considered to be the best poker player of all time. He has won six World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles. He is also the all-time money leader in live poker tournaments with over $42 million in earnings. He has won an absolute fortune from poker and is set for life thanks to his skill on the table.
2. Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey is another legendary poker player who has enjoyed tremendous success at the World Series of Poker. He has won 10 bracelets, making him the second most successful player in WSOP history. Ivey is also a two-time winner of the World Poker Tour and he has over $26 million in career earnings.
3. Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari is one of the most successful players in modern poker history. He has won three World Series of Poker bracelets and one European Poker Tour title. He also holds the record for winning the largest ever prize in a live poker tournament, taking home over $18 million for his victory at The Big One for One Drop event in 2012. Esfandiari has career earnings of over $37 million.
4. Erik Seidel
Erik Seidel is another all-time great when it comes to poker players. He has won eight World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles, making him one of only six players to have won both accolades multiple times. Seidel’s total live tournament winnings exceed $27 million, putting him fourth on the all-time money list behind Negreanu, Ivey, and Esfandiari respectively.
5. Gus Hansen
Gus Hansen is one of the most colorful and entertaining players in poker history. He has won three World Series of Poker bracelets and one European Poker Tour title. Hansen is also the all-time money leader in the Full Tilt Poker pro team with over $19 million in earnings.
6. Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson is a true legend of the game and a member of the Poker Hall of Fame. He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, making him the most successful player in WSOP history. Brunson is also a two-time winner of the World Poker Tour and he has over $5 million in career earnings.
7. Phil Hellmuth Jr.
Phil Hellmuth Jr is one of the most polarising figures in poker, but there can be no denying his skill at the table. He has won 14 World Series of Poker bracelets, more than any other player in history. Hellmuth is also a two-time winner of the World Poker Tour and he has over $18 million in career earnings.
8. John Juanda
John Juanda is another highly respected figure in modern poker circles. He has won five World Series of Poker bracelets and two World Poker Tour titles, as well as numerous other accolades throughout his career. Juanda’s total live tournament winnings exceed $22 million, putting him eighth on the all-time money list.
9. Barry Greenstein
Barry Greenstein is a highly respected professional poker player and well-known philanthropist. He has won three World Series of Poker bracelets and one World Poker Tour title. Greenstein’s total live tournament winnings exceed $16 million, putting him ninth on the all-time money list.
10. Chris Moneymaker
Chris Moneymaker is the man who famously won the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event, sparking the poker boom that we are still feeling today. He has since retired from professional poker but his legacy remains as one of the all-time greats in the game. Moneymaker has won two World Series of Poker bracelets and over $3 million in career earnings.
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