Everyone has their own opinion when it gets to name the top 10 poker players of all time. For a long period of time people used different perspectives to determine the best of the best players. Some used to measure the credibility of these players on the basis of their speed, stamina and size of their game. On the other hand there are some who like to rank these players based on their wits and skills. Keeping all this in mind we have tried to create a list that includes the top 10 poker players of all time. Our criteria of this selection is based on the factors such as skill, reputation, money management and titles won by them.
This king of the pack is the highest ranking player of this list. Daniel Negreanu has been awarded with the title of Global Poker Index player of the decade. He has shown consistent performance during the live poker games. He has won six cash prizes of more than one million dollars. Moreover he also won $8.28 million while participating in “$1 million buy-in Big One for One Drop” sponsored by WSOP. Daniel is the only one to win World Series bracelets held at Las Vegas, Europe and Australia.
David Edward Reese also known as Chip Reese was an American poker player famous for being the greatest cash game poker player. Chip Reese was the youngest player to be inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame and has a memorial trophy dedicated to him.
Erik started his career even before the internet poker boom. He came into limelight when he finished at a second place at WSOP main event in 1988. His game and the knockout hand at that event were immortalized in the movie “Rounders”. He touched the zenith of his career in 2011 when he won more than $6.5 million in 12 months on American and Australian continents.
Doyle Brunson also known as Texas Dolly was an American poker player who dedicated 50 years of his life to the game of poker. He was the first player to break one million dollar mark through the poker tournaments. Doyle Brunson was inducted in Poker Hall of fame in 1988.
Antonio Esfandiari is one of the best players, who participates in the live tournaments. He has been in spotlight for more than a decade and it all started when he won his first million dollars at LA Poker Classic. This Iranian-born professional poker player has been able to win in six figures for each year since 2004. Till now he has won two World Poker Tour titles and three WSOP bracelets. The biggest moment of his career took place in 2012 when he defeated his rivals to win a prize of $18.3 million in “Big One for One Drop”.
Stuart Errol Ungar also known as Stuey and The Kid is considered as the greatest Texas Hold’em and Gin player of all times. Stu Ungar got inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame in 2001.
Philip Dennis Ivey Jr. commonly called as Phil Ivey is considered the best, all around poker player. He came into limelight after winning three WSOP bracelets in 2002.
Phil Hellmuth Jr.
With thirteen WSOP bracelets under his belt, Phil Hellmuth Jr. can be considered as one of the world’s best poker players. In fact he is the only one of all the players to have won such a number of titles in his career. The biggest win he ever had, was in 2012 when he won $2.65 million by finishing at fourth position in “Big One for One Drop”.
He is considered as “the grand old man of the poker” and the finest player of the 70s. He won World Series of Poker main events thrice with two in succession during 1970 and 1971. He got inducted in the Poker Hall of Fame in 1979.
Johnny Chan also known as “Orient Express” made his debut in the 80s and consecutively won WSOP in 1987 and 1988. He became the first player to win ten WSOP bracelets in Texas Hold’em. Johnny was inducted in the Poker Hall of fame in 2002.