Poker is a tough game to master and even some of the best in the world can make mistakes. What separates these elite players from the rest is their ability to learn from their mistakes and improve their strategy.
There is a long list of players who have made a name for themselves playing Texas holdem, whether it’s from playing online and making the shift to tournaments at brick-and-mortar casinos, or those who aren’t such big fans of online poker and only opt to play against people they can read in person.
Here are just a few of the greatest poker players.
He’s currently number 12 on the all-time money list with over $26 million and has ten World Series of Poker bracelets. One of the most regular names on the tour, Phil Ivey is one of only six people to have ever won three bracelets in a single year.
That’s not the only record that Ivey currently holds as he is currently the youngest player to have won ten bracelets as well as being the player who won them in the quickest time. He won his first bracelet in 2000 in the $2,500 Pot Limit Omaha and 14 years later he won his tenth, thanks to victory in the $1,500 Eight Game Mix.
He’s the quiet and composed poker player who is hard to dislike, Erik Seidel is also one of the most successful players in the game. He doesn’t engage in table talk very often, preferring to play the silent game. He’s known for having made several “hero” calls throughout his career and it has helped him reach third position on the all-time money list, with total live earnings of over $35 million.
He has eight WSOP bracelets, ranking him in sixth place in all-time bracelet wins. Although his most recent bracelet win was in 2007, he continues to be one of the top players in poker. He doesn’t get rattled easily, making him a tough opponent to read.
It’s hard to have a list of the best poker players without including the “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth. He currently holds the record for the most WSOP bracelets with 15, five clear of Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan and Phil Ivey.
Known for his colourful personality at the poker table, he’s not someone you want to wind up too much, or else you might be on the receiving end of one of his classic rants. It’s plain to see he hates to lose, and he really hates it when people play weak hands and still manage to win.
He’s 19th in the all-time money list with close to $23 million in live earnings, but most people would agree that he is one of the best in the business.
He is number two on the all-time money list, with a staggering $39.8 million, and with a fantastic ability at working out his opponents’ hands, Daniel Negreanu is without question one of the greatest players in poker.
He has built a reputation for being able to read people as well as one where he rarely bluffs, making it extraordinarily difficult to work out when he is bluffing and when he isn’t. He doesn’t have as many WSOP bracelets as the others on this list, with six, but that shouldn’t take anything away from what he has achieved at the table. Players love to play against Negreanu as he’s a fun addition to any poker table and is a challenge to beat.