Best Poker Players in the World

We all heard a story about a beginner poker player who makes a deposit at some online poker room and and tells all his friends that he is going to become the best poker player in the world. So often we hear this, however how rarely does this happen in reality. But we should consider one more thing before going any further. Consider that all poker players less than ten years ago were considered almost degenerate gamblers while today we have poker stars as celebrities and even celebrities as poker stars. Online poker has helped boost the game of poker in terms of popularity among people as well as completely change the level of competition. There used to be serious poker pros to grind at the poker tables almost around the clock but the times have changed significantly. There are no cowboys anymore at the poker table, no more Doyle Brunson kind of players. Online poker world as well as live poker world is conquered by young players such as Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan and Peter Eastgate.

Some say that with so many online players invading biggest poker tournaments, the game became easier to beat. Others will never agree as from their standpoint becoming acknowledged poker player is much easier as opportunities to learn and gain valuable experience lays around every corner while back in early days, in order to play with the pros you had to gather in underground poker clubs as in classic poker movie Rounders(1998) and even risk your life. But everyone will agree that becoming the best poker player still requires long hours of playing and sometimes even destiny.

Top 5 of the Best Poker Players in the World

Let's make a Top 5 of the Best Poker Players in the World but with so many players to choose from we probably have to select a few criteria first. So, at what should be best the To 5 Poker Player? Probably the easiest criteria to set and follow is the lifetime tournament winning. However, we feel that world's best poker players should have cashed in big several times rather than have one massive lifetime win. That means that we will be excluding such poker pros like thew winner of biggest prize in WSOP Main Event Jamie Gold ($12 million), Top prize winner of all-time Antonio Esfandiari, Greg Raymer – 2005 WSOP Main Event Winner or $9 million first place prize in WSOP 2008 Main Event winner Peter Eastgate.

Another thing we should pay attention when picking the best poker players in the world is their consistency in live tournaments. Best players should play in many tournaments in a year and finish in the money quite often. We do not want to give any specifics but mainly – consistency in player's results in live poker events is key.

One more criteria we will be paying attention to is the image in the business because in poker world your influence, the respect are just as important as your winnings. This will include charity work, articles and books written, etc.

The Best Poker Players in the World

So, here is our top poker players in the world, however what we are not going to do is arrange them to have places from 1 to 5. We are not going to do that because there is no way we can find an optimal solution in what order should these players be arranged. They are all the best poker players in the world. They are all Top 5 Players. Let's leave it at that.

Doyle Brunson

Doyle Brunson
Doyle Brunson

The man himself – Doyle Brunson. He is a very well respected poker pro. Sometimes it seems that he has been playing poker from the day it was invented. Not only he has two WSOP Main Event wins, 8 Gold Bracelets overall, a WPT Title, but his major contribution to poker is that he has written two poker books Super System and Super System 2. Even though first edition was published by Brunson himself in 1978, still has a lot of impact on anyone trying to learn poker.

Phil Hellmuth

Phil Hellmuth
Phil Hellmuth

Known by majority in poker community. However, lots of poker players would agree that often he is better known for his erratic blowouts at the poker table instead of his poker plays. But despite arrogance, his poker achievements leave no one guessing. He has a record 12 Gold Bracelets from WSOP plus a total of 48 final table finishes. Even though since 2007 he did suffer a 5 year gap , in 2012 he won one more WSOP Event and extended his lead by 2 Gold Bracelets (10 bracelets each have Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson). Phil Hellmuth is also one of the top players in poker tournament winnings.

Phil Ivey

Phil Ivey
Phil Ivey

Next up in our list of best poker players in Phil Ivey. Majority of poker players online as well as live consider him as the best all-round poker player in the world. Even poker stars such as Daniel Negreanu and Phil Hellmuth have many times admitted that he is the best of the best. His poker story begins since he was 18 and played in the casinos where he used a fake ID and various underground poker clubs. 24 years old he entered his first WSOP and managed to win a Gold Bracelet. Since he has been on a fantastic run. But despite the fact Ivey is known as a Tiger Woods of Poker, he stays humble and never stops learning, never stops trying hard and giving his best. He is already a poker icon, a true proof that huge rewards come after hard day's work. He now holds 5th place for the most WSOP Bracelets with 8 and is also 5th in all-time tournament earnings.

Daniel Negreanu

Daniel Negreanu
Daniel Negreanu

A controversial personality and a Pokerstars pro Daniel Negreanu never misses a chance to say his thoughts out loud. But many like him as a poker player and as a person. He is a very active member of poker community participating in poker forums, playing in charity events, fighting for poker rights (especially, after Black Friday events), etc. He has four WSOP Gold Bracelets which may seem small in comparison to Ivey's (8), Hellmuth's (12) and Doyle's (10) achievements but no doubt it is still a spectacular accomplishment. Moreover, he is Top 4 in all-time tournament earnings. Negreanu is also known for his amazing reads that are very popular on the internet.

Vanessa Selbst

Vanessa Selbst
Vanessa Selbst

The last but not least is the only woman in our list – Vanessa Selbst. She's considered as a top poker player by many of the poker pros including Negreanu. She is not only No. 1 in Tournament Winnings between all poker women. She plays as Pokerstars Pro, has two WSOP Gold Bracelets while the last WSOP 2012 being one of the best for her in her career as she finished in the money even 5 times. Poker pro's foresee that Selbst has still the best ahead of her. We will see, but nevertheless she is already a Top poker player.

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